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March 11, 2021 3 min read

Incense cones play a huge role in certain cultures and traditions. It has been used for centuries for its aromatic benefits, and recently, we can see people using it effectively while practicing meditation or yoga. However, it is not limited to just that; you can use incense to relax after a hard day of work or increase focus.

If you are new to aromatherapy, it can be difficult to choose after seeing all the types of fragrances and incense available. Not all of them are the same, and each of them is unique and has specific properties. In general, incense is made using mostly natural aromatic compounds. Elements blended together with essential and fragrant oils to give off certain key fragrances. There are two types of incense you can choose from, incense sticks and incense cones.

Today we want to talk to you about incense cones and how to burn them.

Step-by- Step Guide on Burning Incense Cones:

Before we begin burning the cones directly, there are a few things you need to keep at hand. Firstly, you will need the cone itself, with a fragrance type that you prefer. Secondly, to make the process a bit easier you will need a suitable holder for your incense. And lastly, you will want to use something to burn the incense with; consider using a lighter or matches.

  • Pick up your incense cone and light the tip using a lighter or match. Keep it lit for at least 5-10 seconds.
  • Extinguish the flame by blowing on it and check to see if the burnt end is glowing or not.
  • If the tip of your incense cone looks ashy you will want to redo your steps until the tip is slightly glowing.
  • Now blow on it gently till you can smell the fragrance.
  • Place the incense cone onto a holder

Tips for using Incense Safely 

However, practicing safety is essential; you will not want to leave the incense unattended when burning and dip it in water before leaving the room.

  • Do not touch the tip of the incense cone while it is burning
  • Keep the holder on a heat resistive surface before use
  • Do not burn incense near windows or in a drafty area
  • Do not place the burner inside closed environments like closets, wardrobes, or drawers.
  • Keep out of reach from pets, children and flammable objects

How to Put out Incense Cones

  • Pick up the incense cone once you are done using it
  • Press it gently against a heat resistive surface until the embers fall off
  • Dip the tip in water if you want to be extra careful
  • Dispose the incense cone before you clean the holder

Why isn’t your Incense Cone Burning?

There are many reasons as to why an incense cone could not burn from the get go. Straight out of the box some cones can be a bit oilier than needed, use a napkin, tissue, or towel to wipe it down and remove any excess amounts of moisture. This will help the burning process. You should also know that you can also relight your incense cone if it has burned out abruptly.

How Long Does Incense Cones Burn

People also believe that an incense cone can lasts longer. That is not always the case, an incense cone is shaped unevenly and is wider at the bottom. This can help the burning process but it does not entirely disperse the smoke around the room as evenly. Most types of incense will extinguish themselves once they have burnt.Each stick or cone both at an average can burn for up to 25-30 minutes.

Types of Incense Cones

Generally, incense cones are all shaped the same. They are conical and hardened, similar to sticks, incense cones come in various fragrances that use a combination of ingredients. However, you can choose between normal incense cones and backflow incense cones.

The biggest difference between the two is that one produces smoke from the top, whereas the other does it from the bottom. Backflow incense cones require special backflow incense burners as well. These are more aesthetic and appealing to look at and create smoke that cascades down the burner.

Backflow incense burners have many types, and they are all great for aromatherapy. They can also be used as décor when they are not burning and are easier to clean up. Consider going through our collection of incense burners and pick one to use while you meditate, relax, or even focus on work.

Incense cones have many benefits and practical uses. Hopefully, with our step-by-step guide, you can now burn Incense cones a bit more safely. Consider leaving us a comment so we can help connect with you and answer any questions you may have regarding incense cones, fragrances, holders and types.


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