Incense

Incense Sticks/Cones

Gather Materials
Gather Materials

Gather all incense materials for you recipe and tools you will use.

Grind Materials
Grind Materials

Grind all incense materials into a fine powder with a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Sift with a mesh to remove larger pieces.

Gather Dry Ingredients
Gather Dry Ingredients

Measure your powdered woods, herbs, and resins from your recipe.

Mix Materials
Mix Materials

Add all of the dry ingredients (optional: add essential oils and/or a little honey).

Add Liquid
Add Liquid

Slowly add liquid to the dry ingredients and mix. Start off with less liquid and add as needed.

Start to Knead
Start to Knead

When the incense starts to form a dough, knead it with your hands until smooth and soft.

Form Cones
Form Cones

Break off small pieces of the dough and shape in to cones.

Use a Cone Mold
Use a Cone Mold

For more uniform cones, you can use a cone mold instead.

Use an Incense Extruder
Use an Incense Extruder

For more uniform sticks, you can use an incense extruder. Extruder the incense and cut into sticks.

Dry Incense
Dry Incense

Let incense dry for 2-3 days in a cool, dark area away from sunlight. Flip incense over after one day to let dry evenly.

Incense Tools

Incense Ceremony Tools
Incense Ceremony Tools

Tools for incense ceremonies. Metal tongs, metal chopsticks, mica plates, + ash press. Mica Plate: Thin sheets of mica, a translucent silicate mineral, have been used in Japan for hundreds of years for the purpose of heating - rather than burning - raw aromatics wood chips and kneaded incense.

Incense Ceremony Tools
Incense Ceremony Tools

Tools for incense ceremonies. Metal tongs, metal chopsticks, feather, scraper, flat ash press, fan ash press, + spoon.

White Ash
White Ash

White ash is used to fill an incense burner as a base to support burning incense sticks, cones, makko trails, or charcoal (for wood chips, granules, pellets, pressed tablets). The ash is lightweight and breathable to permit the flow of oxygen to the surface. White ash is typically made from ash of wood or rice husks.

Incense Charcoal
Incense Charcoal

Incense charcoal for warming incense and for incense ceremonies. Circular incense charcoal on left is for more formal ceremonies. Square incense charcoal on right is scented and for various uses. These charcoals are from Japan and made from bamboo, which is more natural.

Incense Burners
Incense Burners

Various ceramic and brass incense burners. Some are used with white ash and other can be used directly with incense.

Ash Setup

Stir Ash
Stir Ash

Stir white ash in a ceramic bowl with metal chopsticks to make light and fluffy.

Compress Ash
Compress Ash

With the fan ash press, lightly compress the ash.

Burner with Ash
Burner with Ash

White ash is used to fill an incense burner as a base to support burning incense sticks, cones, makko trails, or charcoal (for wood chips, granules, pellets, pressed tablets). The ash is lightweight and breathable to permit the flow of oxygen to the surface. White ash is typically made from ash of wood or rice husks.

Light Incense Stick
Light Incense Stick

Light tip of the incense for a few seconds and blow out the flame.

Burn Stick
Burn Stick

Enjoy!

Light Incense Cone
Light Incense Cone

Light tip of the incense for a few seconds and blow out the flame.

Burn Cone
Burn Cone

Enjoy!

Light Incense Spiral
Light Incense Spiral

Light tip of the incense for a few seconds and blow out the flame.

Burn Incense Spiral
Burn Incense Spiral

Enjoy!

Burn Incense Flower
Burn Incense Flower

Light tip of the incense for a few seconds and blow out the flame. Enjoy!

Charcoal/Mica Plate Setup

Light Incense Charcoal
Light Incense Charcoal

Thoroughly light an incense charcoal until the charcoal starts burning.

Let Charcoal Sit
Let Charcoal Sit

Let the charcoal sit until halfway white to ensure it will not go out.

Stir White Ash
Stir White Ash
Insert Charcoal
Insert Charcoal

With the metal chopsticks, place the charcoal in the center of the ash. Insert it about 1/4" below the surface.

Compress Ash
Compress Ash

With the fan ash press, lightly compress the ash.

Poke Hole in Ash
Poke Hole in Ash

With the metal chopstick, poke a hole in the ash towards the incense charcoal.

Place Mica Plate
Place Mica Plate

With the metal tongs, carefully place the mica plate on the ash.

Place Incense
Place Incense

For wood granules, use the metal spoon to carefully place on the mica plate.

Place Incense
Place Incense

For incense pellets, pressed incense, and wood chips, use the metal chopsticks and place on the mica plate.

Enjoy!
Enjoy!

Wait about 10 minutes and the charcoal will warm the incense to emit a fragrance.

Portfolio

Incense Papers
Incense Papers

Moonflower + Smoky Dusk

Incense Paper
Incense Paper

Smoky Dusk

Incense Sampler
Incense Sampler

12x core incense scents

Braided Incense Sticks
Braided Incense Sticks
Wavy Incense Sticks
Wavy Incense Sticks

Sand Dune + Yuzu Grove

Wavy Incense Stick
Wavy Incense Stick

Sand Dune + Yuzu Grove

Incense Pellets
Incense Pellets

Plum + White Musk

Incense Pellets
Incense Pellets

Plum + White Musk

Pressed Incense
Pressed Incense

Neroli Den

Pressed Incense
Pressed Incense

Neroli Den

Incense Flowers
Incense Flowers

Onsen, Fig Custard, Jasmin Flora, + Sampler

Incense Flower
Incense Flower

Onsen, Fig Custard, Jasmin Flora, + Sampler

Incense Flower
Incense Flower

Onsen, Fig Custard, Jasmin Flora, + Sampler

Incense Sticks
Incense Sticks

Spring Floral Collection: Gardenia, Magnolia, Honeysuckle

Incense Spirals
Incense Spirals

Moss + Ume

Incense Spirals
Incense Spirals

Moss + Ume

Incense Sticks
Incense Sticks

Noir + Blanco

Incense Sticks
Incense Sticks

Noir + Blanco

Incense Cones
Incense Cones

Woodland Collection: Alpine Forest, Silk Road, + Kiso Valley

Incense Cone
Incense Cone

Woodland Collection: Alpine Forest, Silk Road, + Kiso Valley

Resources

Incense/Ceremony Tools

Baboshop

Shoyeido

Nippon Kodo

Baieido

Japan Incense

Kikoh Incense

Woods/Herbs/Resins/Oils

Mountain Rose Herbs

Penn Herb

 

Local Herb Shops (buy by weight)

Indian Spice/Grocery Stores

​Dual Specialty (NY)

Flower Power​ (NY)

Makko Powder

Baboshop

Extruder/Molds

Stick Extruder

Cone Mold

Books 

The Scent of Time / Silvio A Bedini

The Trail of Time / Silvio A Bedini

Incense / Carl F Neal (okay, good for process + recipes) 

 

The Book of Incense / Kiyoko Morita (on Japanese Koh-Do Ceremony)