Has anyone ever made incense?????

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I know there are many crafty people out there but one subject that I've never seen discussed is the making of incense. I realize that there isn't much camel dung around here but there must be some alternatives. Anybody got any ideas?


-- Ken in Maine (kenjan@nh.adelphia.net), November 30, 2001


What is your goal? A sweet smelling blend that masks cooking and other odors at the end of the day? Well, for that you might try a nice blend of lavender, sage and cedar. Wrap them tightly with cotton twine. Set the end alight (as in a smudge stick) and blow out. Let the cinders burn in a safe vessel. Very pleasant.

Never made incense myself. I do enjoy burning herbs.

-- Anne (HealthyTouch101@wildmail.com), November 30, 2001.

Ken I sure do love that incense too! Guess it comes from my old hippie days. Anyway you can burn the top of a small pile of cinnamon and it smolders for a long time. Also I put a pan of water on my wood stove and drop in a couple of spice tea bags and then you can enjoy the tea and the smell! Mostly tho for 99 cents I can buy enough stick incense to last me months......Kirk

-- Kirk Davis (kirkay@yahoo.com), December 01, 2001.

I'm finding that it IS much easier to buy incense rather than to try to make it. Thanks for the info.


-- Ken in Maine (kenjan@nh.adelphia.net), December 01, 2001.

Hey Ken in Maine. I live in central Maine. I also work (day job) with adults with developmental disabilities. There is a program in the Lewiston / Auburn area called Pathways that makes incense. If you buy from them you are getting a good product and helping people with disabilities at the same time. I don't work there but I do buy their incense and I love it.

-- Mary R. (cntryfolk@ime.net), December 01, 2001.

I have been hoping that someone would give a recipe for these! What about those cinnamon ornaments. You can make them with applesauce and cinnamon. They dry and look just like those little cone incense in texture. Could you shape them like a cone and light one? I have also put ground cloves in them. I just am a chicken to light one because I added glue to mine. Afraid that it might be toxic. Whatcha think?

-- Nan (davidl41@ipa.net), December 05, 2001.

Fragrance Oil mixed with Dipropylene Glycol (or refresher oil) (to the tune of 2 parts Glycol to 1 part FO)

Place the oil in a tall vase or jar. Make sure the burning part of the stick is submrged totally. Soak for at least 24 hours. Remove and reuse oil until gone (for more incense).

Lay incense on a screen with newspapers underneath and dry 48 hours.

See http://www.tradewindsfragrance.com/incensehow.html

(www.sweetscents.com sells 100 unscented incense sticks for $1.00 and the incense solvent for $3.70 per lb)



-- wolfie (wolfiequinn@hotmail.com), December 22, 2001.

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