Unfortunately, incense manufacturers are not required to indicate the precise composition of their products on the packaging. It is therefore difficult to know exactly what the incense that one has bought.
As a rule, incense “1st price” should be avoided: they are the ones that contain the most toxic substances and components of chemical origin, such as synthetic perfumes.Avoid also incense bright colors (yellow, pink, orange, green): they most likely contain artificial colors that do not bode well.
Look for signs that prove the natural and craft origin of incense: “natural incense”, “homemade”, “hand rolled incense” is reassuring mentions that must be taken into consideration.Good incense must contain only ingredients of natural origin and essential oils. Nothing else. Trust a specialized store and ask for advice: a retailer who knows his products well will guide you to natural incense of excellent quality.
The country of origin: where is the quality incense made?
Incense makers are now found in many countries around the world. But to be sure of buying quality incense, it may be helpful to know which countries have an ancestral tradition of incense making.
These countries are:
- India is the world’s largest exporter.
- France: there is excellent French natural incense, especially in Provence.
- Japan: Japanese incense is renowned for its finesse and the quality of their perfumes.
- Nepal and Tibet: Nepali and Tibetan incense have a particular scent that does not please everyone. But their craftsmanship according to ancient rites is a guarantee of quality. Now from there you can have the good intense sticks.
The marks of confidence
This list is not exhaustive! But it will already allow you to test dozens of varieties and different scents while enjoying an excellent quality / price ratio.
Incense in cones or sticks?
You have found the incense you need: homemade and natural from a country producing tradition, a brand recognized for the quality of its production. Super! But one last question arises: should you buy your incense in the form of cones or sticks?
Today, it is the sticks of incense which are the preference of the consumers, because it is a very practical format, well dosed, and easy to use. It is the format adapted for a classic use “at home”. All you need is a good incense holder on hand to start enjoying the wonderful fragrances!
But we find that more and more “seasoned” consumers are turning to incense cones instead.
There are 2 main reasons for this:
Unlike sticks, incense cones do not contain bamboo stems. The diffused perfume is therefore purer. Personally, we do not really perceive this difference (my sense of smell may not be enough “end”).
Cone incense produces a thicker and thicker smoke, and therefore a more concentrated fragrance. It is useful if you want to perfume a large room of more than 30m2, or to diffuse outside. But in my opinion, it is not suitable for small rooms.