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April 01, 2021 3 min read

Incense that uses Cedarwood as an aromatic compound has been used throughout history for its calming, healing qualities and benefits for stimulating creativity. Cedarwood is also known for being a valuable wood that is exported from North America. Premium cedar is often used when making high-priced musical instruments. However, combined with incense, this fragrance can become powerful enough to easily mask unwanted odors and purify the air of the room you are working in. Light an incense stick or cone and take with it the stench of our fast-paced world with a woodsy fragrance after rainfall.

As an aromatic compound from the bark and leaves of cedar trees, this ingredient has been used to make fragrances that renew the smell of natural cedar wood. It is combined with other ingredients like essential oils or other spices and herbs to create a distinct scent.

Fun fact! Did you know? Within its large family, the Atlas Cedar is probably the most picturesque out of the bunch. These trees have spreading branches and can grow as tall as 120 ft with a spread of about 100ft! It can be found on the mountains of Algeria in North Africa and Morocco.

Benefits of Cedarwood Incense

  • Does not have a very strong or sharp smell
  • The scent is light so you can enjoy it while you are working
  • The fragrance is natural and can last even after the incense stick or cone burns out
  • Can be used as a dehumidifier

What does Cedarwood Incense Smell like?

At its very core, incense that use Cedarwood extracts usually gives off a very relaxing scent. People have the misconception that this fragrance smells sweet. However, because of the aromatic compounds used and blended, this fragrance can create a rich and woody aroma. Making it perfect for activities that require attention like meditation, yoga, and even work! Consider burning incense sticks or cones with the Cedarwood fragrance to enjoy its relaxing and therapeutic benefits.

Cedarwood VS Sandalwood

People also have a misconception that Cedarwood fragrance is very similar to Sandalwood. Whereas it actually smells unique and has a woodier texture to it. On the other hand, Sandalwood is a spice that gives off a sharper scent and can be overpowering in comparison. In fact, cedarwood isn’t as popular of an aromatic compound compared to Cedarwood. However, there are a few beneficial properties that Cedarwood provides that are different from Sandalwood. The natural keynotes it contains arewarm floral & citrusy with hints of amber blended with a tinge of musk.

Because of its natural keynotes, Cedarwood is often used for aromatherapy and purifying the air. It is not as harsh and can be great for dehumidifying an atmosphere without being an overtly powerful scent. Funnily enough, you are more likely to see the use of Cedarwood in making furniture or as an ingredient for skincare products than incense. The only reason you do see it being used in aromatherapy is simply because of the resin and extracts that this tree produces, which make it great even as an essential oil.

The resin that is extracted from these trees come specifically from the needles, bark and the berries. Because of the varieties of cedar trees available the essential oils used to make incense come in different types as well. Most of which are not always used at the same time, whereas others are combined for a more potent mixture.

Fragrance Combinations

This fragrance specifically has certain warm properties, allowing you to pair it with other compounds like essential oils. Certain fragrant essential oils that we think pair well with Cedarwood are:

Using a combination of fragrances can be great, but you also need to be careful. Certain mixtures can be overpowering and can also create a scent that can be unappealing. We suggest not burning two incense sticks of different fragrances at the same time in a small room. Additionally, you will want to not light incense sticks or cones close to your pets or children and practice burning them in a well-ventilated area. Fun fact! Cedarwood oil also has a few benefits people tend to miss out on, like having the ability to repel certain bugs like fleas (Do not burn incense sticks close to your pets strictly because of this benefit). Consider using essential oils with the cedarwood fragrance that are safe for human contact.

Incense has been used for a long time and uses many different types of aromatic compounds. Hopefully, with our blog, you now know a bit more about Cedarwood and its uses with Incense. Consider leaving us a comment so we can help connect with you and answer any questions you may have regarding incense, fragrances, and types.

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