This guide will help you learn more about the numerous benefits of incense, our most common scents, how to light and burn incense, and our recommended essentials.
Using incense is a time-old practice for smudging, calming, enriching, and uplifting any space and the people within.
For centuries, incense has been renowned worldwide for its use in shifting people’s moods as well as for its spiritual and therapeutic benefits. In addition, it has long been used in prayer and religious ceremonies in one form or another.
Benefits of Burning Incense
Burning incense improves sleep quality, relieves stress, is a natural air freshener and deodoriser, and of course assists with the uplifting benefits of the space and occupant’s energies.
Along with the physical and mental benefits, you can use smoking incense for tracing chi throughout your space and rectify any pooling energy to dispel it.
Our Ethical Approach
Our incense products are all sourced directly from a primary manufacturer in India. They are hand-rolled to promote the use of local labour and industry.
Each is derived from natural pure extracts, fine scented oils and held together by sandalwood oil and a number of other fragrant gums as a chemical-free alternative. This method of production decreases the burn rate to ensure our incense lasts longer.
Our 5 Most Common Scents
Below is the select range of scents most commonly requested:
Dragon’s Blood – a sweet and soft, slightly amber-like but more natural and less sticky / sweet smelling to create a relaxing mood.
Frankincense – a fresh, fruity and slightly woody fragrance perfect for meditation and yoga to deepen the breath and still the mind.
Nag Champa – a sweet, slightly woodsy smell that many people describe as neutralising and calming.
Rose – a soft rose floral scent that is said to gently alleviate anxiety and depression and correct hormonal imbalances.
Super Hit – a masala based fragrance for a deep meditative atmosphere with a musky sweetness and a flowery top note to settle but lift a room.
How to Light and Burn Incense
This is a basic guide for informational purposes only, please always ensure all safety measures possible are taken to mitigate the risk of fire or harm to others. Always place your burning incense away from other flammable objects and wherever possible within a holder.
Jumbo and Standard Incense Sticks
Place your Incense Stick within a burner, holder or smudging quartz then on a protective non-flammable surface. Light the tip of the incense until it can sustain a flame itself and the tip is glowing red. Allow another 10 seconds and then gently blow the flame out – your stick should remain smouldering and start generating the beautiful scented smoke desired.
Place your Incense Cone on a fire-safe burning base, within a cone holder and then on a protective non-flammable surface. This will ensure good drafting and burning of your incense cone as well as offer a heat barrier. Light the tip of the cone until it can sustain a flame itself and the tip is glowing red. Allow another 10 seconds and then gently blow the flame out – your incense should remain smouldering and start generating the beautiful scented smoke desired.
Burners, Holders and Extinguishing
Incense cones can be burnt within the Petite Incense Burner or brass burner with grate. If you are looking for an all-in-one holder and burner for incense sticks and cones then the Wooden Incense Box is the most versatile option.
To extinguish any burning incense either smother it in smudging quartz or sand. In emergency situations you can extinguish in water however that will damage the product and render it unusable afterwards. We often use our Classic Smudge Bowl with Smudging Quartz or Lavish Smudge Bowl with Smudging Quartz.
We recommend the following products for your next incense burning experience:
Vibrant Souls Collections are a combination of complementary products beautifully assembled to work with each other:
Vibrant Souls also offer the following in our Smudging range: