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How to Make Incense Sticks

how to make incense sticks

Making your own incense can be a rewarding and enjoyable hobby! Plus, it’s an affordable and convenient way to explore different scents.

Incense can be created using a variety of herbs, woods and other aromatic substances. Start with high quality base materials like sandalwood, cedar or pine for optimal aroma production.


Incense sticks are an ideal way to add a subtle, relaxing fragrance to your home or office. They can be made with various essential oils and other aromas, making them easy to create at home.

Begin by finely grinding all your ingredients into a powder. Then mix them with charcoal and an additive like tragacanth for binding.

Add makko powder to your mixture, then slowly drizzle in some distilled water. This makes the incense mixture gummy and malleable, enabling you to form cones or sticks that are combustible.

Once your incense is prepared, airtight container it in an airtight lid for at least two weeks. Once completely dry, light it and enjoy the delicious aroma!


Making incense sticks requires DPG (dipropylene glycol). This chemical helps reduce the amount of black smoke an incense stick may emit and also helps the incense burn more efficiently.

Making DPG incense sticks requires a large stainless-steel container and your favorite essential oil blend. Popular fragrances for incense include Patchouli, Nag Champa, Sandalwood, Lavender and China Rain; you can select any combination to achieve the desired aroma!

Essential Oils

When selecting essential oils for incense sticks, make sure you choose a high-quality organic oil with therapeutic benefits. This will guarantee your creation has a natural scent and aroma that’s safe to use.

Incense can be created using essential oils, with sandalwood and spruce needles being two of the most popular choices. These oils have a warm, earthy fragrance which often serves to relax both mind and body.

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Bamboo is an incredibly strong and flexible natural material, often employed for various purposes. Not only does it make for excellent building material but also a beloved art element.

India has a long-standing tradition of burning wood incense sticks filled with fragrant and devotional ingredients. These fragrant blends of herbs, oils and sandalwood are offered to God during special occasions or meditation.

Before burning incense sticks, it is essential to treat them with an enzyme before burning. This removes a sugary starch that attracts insects and changes the surface of the stick.


When creating incense sticks, you need a container to store the essential oils and binders. Ideally, this should be an elongated bottle with two lips – one on top and one at the bottom.

For this task, a shallow glass baking pan or HDPE plastic bottle works well. Insert the incense sticks inside and cover with oil mixture; allow to sit for 24 hours.

Once soaked, remove the incense and place it on a drying rack or baking sheet. Make sure there is adequate airflow so that the incense can dry evenly.

Once dry, store them in an airtight container to preserve the scent. Avoid storing them near direct sunlight or humid areas as this will cause the fragrance to fade faster.


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