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Incense Sticks & Cones

Incense sticks and cones have been used for centuries and are known to have a calming and relaxing effect on the mind and body. We are proud to offer a wide selection of high-quality incense sticks and incense cones made with only natural ingredients from reputable brands such as Stamford.

Free from harmful chemicals and synthetic fragrances, these incense products are suitable for a wide variety of purposes, with wonderful fragrances with good burning times. So whether you want to meditate, relax or celebrate a special occasion elevate your senses with our natural aromatherapy products!

Check out also our range of incense holders and burners, aromatherapy oils, oil burners and aromatic diffusers.

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Incense Sticks & Cones

Incense has been a part of human culture for millennia, used in rituals, meditation, and for its therapeutic properties.

Each fragrance has its own story to tell. But first let’s briefly consider the main types of incense and their ingredients.

Incense Types and Ingredients

Incense comes in various forms, with sticks and cones being the most popular. We offer both sticks and cones in this section.

There's no single "better" option between incense sticks and cones - Sticks are slow-burning and fill your room with a gentle aroma.  Cones on the other hand provide a more intense scent but have a shorter burn time.

One way to categorise incense, apart from whether it comes in stick or cone form, is by considering its ingredients. Understanding these is key to selecting the perfect incense for your desired mood and setting.

Masala Incense

Masala incense is most commonly available in sticks and is crafted from a blend of natural ingredients, including herbs, resins, and essential oils, rolled onto a bamboo stick.

Marsala incense is a traditional type and results in a rich, deep scent that elevates your surroundings and enhances wellbeing.

Charcoal-Based Incense

Charcoal-based incense again is most commonly available as sticks and features a core of charcoal coated in fragrance oils. This allows for a wide range of scents, from floral to musky, making it versatile for any occasion.

The charcoal efficiently disperses the fragrance, enveloping your space in your chosen aroma swiftly and effectively.

Resin Incense

Resin incense is typically available in a raw form, not pre-formed into sticks or cones, and is derived from the sap or resin of certain trees and plants, such as frankincense, myrrh, and copal. These aromatic substances are valued for their rich fragrance and therapeutic properties.

Resin incense is typically burned on charcoal disks or hot coals to release its fragrant smoke.

Incense Sticks vs Incense Cones

We’ll focus on incense sticks for the rest of this Introduction, simply because these are the most common way incense is burned.

But bear in mind that while sticks offer certain benefits like a longer burn time and consistent fragrance release, incense cones reign supreme when it comes to creating a powerful and immediate aromatic impact.

The biggest advantage of cones over sticks is the intensity and speed with which they release fragrance. And of course the mesmerizing backflow effect employed by certain incense burners, where smoke cascades downwards instead of rising, is unique to cones (backflow cones).

How to Properly Light and Use Incense Sticks for Maximum
Benefit

To light an incense stick correctly, hold the tip of the stick directly in a flame until it ignites. Blow out the flame gently, allowing the incense to smoulder and release its fragrance. Place the smouldering stick in an incense burner to catch the ash.

For the best experience, ensure the room is well-ventilated. This helps distribute the scent evenly and prevent the smoke from becoming overwhelming. Remember, never leave burning incense unattended and keep it away from flammable materials.

Popular Incense Stick Fragrances

Incense sticks come in a myriad of fragrances. From the deep, earthy tones of sandalwood to the light, floral notes of jasmine, there's a scent to suit every mood and preference. Let’s take a sensory journey and explore a few different fragrances.

Nag Champa Incense Sticks

Nag Champa, a fragrance originating from India, combines natural ingredients like sandalwood and a variety of oils, herbs, and resins. Its rich, sweet-smoky aroma creates a calming atmosphere, perfect for meditation or relaxation. This scent is particularly loved for its long-lasting fragrance.

Jasmine Incense Sticks: A Floral Delight

Jasmine incense sticks emit a sweet, profoundly floral scent that instantly uplifts the mood and creates a feel of luxury and romance. Ideal for evening relaxation, the natural aroma of jasmine is known for its soothing properties and its ability to enhance concentration during meditation or study.

Sandalwood Incense Sticks: Woody and Earthy Aromas

Sandalwood is renowned for its subtle, woody essence that brings a deep sense of calm to any room. The natural scent of sandalwood incense sticks is widely appreciated for its ability to support mental clarity and relaxation.

Palo Santo Incense Sticks: A Touch of Sacred Wood

Palo Santo, or "holy wood", offers a unique blend of pine, mint, and lemon scents. Burning Palo Santo incense sticks purifies the space and is believed to clear negative energy. Its natural, uplifting aroma is perfect for meditation, enhancing creativity, and bringing peace to your surroundings.

Dragons Blood Incense Sticks: Mystical and Exotic

Dragons Blood incense sticks are known for their potent, earthy fragrance. Made from the resin of the dracaena tree, this scent is powerful and can energise any space. Its mystical aroma is often used for protection and to enhance the potency of spells in various spiritual practices.

Musk Incense Sticks: Deep and Invigorating

Musk incense sticks offer a deep, rich fragrance that is both invigorating and comforting. The natural musk aroma is renowned for its ability to stimulate the senses and enhance mental focus. It's a perfect choice for creating a warm, inviting atmosphere in your home.

Rose Incense Sticks: The Essence of Love

Rose incense sticks carry the delicate, sweet scent of roses, embodying the essence of love and harmony. This natural fragrance is perfect for creating a romantic setting or for moments of self-care and relaxation. The aroma of rose can also help soothe emotions and bring about feelings of peace.

Lavender Incense Sticks: Calming and Soothing

Lavender incense sticks are renowned for their calming and soothing properties. The floral scent is ideal for stress relief, promoting relaxation before sleep, and creating a tranquil environment. This natural aroma can help ease tension and is perfect for a peaceful end to the day.

The Best Incense Stick Brands

When it comes to quality and variety, certain brands of incense sticks stand out from the rest. Stamford Premium Incense and Satya are two such brands that are highly regarded for their exceptional range of fragrances and the superior quality of their products.

Each brand offers something unique, catering to different preferences and uses, from meditation to simply freshening up your space.