is so simple to make your own incense at home. First of all you will need
to start with some unscented incense sticks or cones. About the cheapest
place I have found to purchase these are from
In this artical I will describe how to make incense sticks as opposed to the
cones. Myself never making the cone style incense... I wouldn't be able to
explain the process, but it is probably similiar.
In addition to the incense sticks, you will need fragrance oil as well as
DPG. If you remember in the article on how to make oil for oil burners,
this solvent mixes well with oil. Dy-propylene Glycol can also be purchased
at various craft stores.
The dipping process for your incense sticks is much easier if you have some
tall skinny bottles to hold the liquid while you dip the sticks into it.
I usually dip around 10 sticks at a time... you want plenty of room between
the mouth of the bottle holding liquid and the incense sticks you are
dipping into it. Some of the fiber can come off of the sticks falling into
your liquid if you scrape them while dipping.
First dip your sticks into the fragrance oil and let the excess oil drip
from the incense sticks back into your bottle. After this dip, let your
sticks air on a cookie cooling rack for a couple hours. This gives the
sticks time to soak up much of the excess oil. Then wrap your sticks in
plastic wrap and let them sit overnight.
The next day, unwrap your sticks and roll them gently over a paper towel.
This will remove and oil that the incense stick was unable to soak up. If
you like a faster burning incense, stop here... if you wish to slow the burn
of your incense continue on with the instructions!
Next, we will dip the incense sticks in DPG. This basically slows down the
burn of the incense. Dip your sticks in DPG just like you did when you
dipped them in fragrance oil. Let the excess drain off the sticks, but NOT
back into the DPG. This excess runoff may contain fragrances that you do
not want the rest of your DPG to smell like.
After this dip, let your sticks set on a cookie cooling rack for 3-4 hours.
Gently roll the sticks on a paper towel or cloth towel to remove the excess
DPG. Wrap your sticks in plastic wrap (or incense bags) and let them sit
over night before burning.
If you have any questions or if you run into problems, let me know... I am
happy to help! Good luck with your home made incense!
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