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« on: July 07, 2011 09:00:53 AM »

Does anyone make their own incense? I've been buying incense for awhile and I want to start making my own.
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2011 11:24:52 AM »

I guess it depends on if you want to make the incense sticks by hand or buy already-made but unscented sticks?

If you want to buy the already-made sticks, the process is really simple. You only need three supplies: unscented incense sticks, fragrance oil of your choice, dipropylene glycol (DPG), small container long enough to lay your sticks into. And actually, check out this site: http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/item/Incense-2/-*Incense-Sticks--100.html
It has the how-to in the item description (they also sell the DPG and fragrance oils).

If you wanted to make your own sticks, I found this on instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-Incense-sticks/ (I haven't tried this myself, so I don't know how easy or hard it will be)

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2011 01:23:21 PM »

oh sweet I didnt know you can do that with unscented ones I figured you had to do the whole thing by hand.  Thanks for the links
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2011 05:40:00 PM »

not to over simplify, but you can also use an eyedropper & drip the essential or fragrance oils directly onto the unscented sticks (I'm making that suggestion b/c I'm not a fan of DPG). I've done that for years and it works pretty well. Its best to allow the sticks to dry a bit and store them in a bag until you are ready to light them. You can also burn resins (frankincense, myrrh, dragon's blood, tree sap--I'm fond of doug fir & cedar sap since I live in the PNW) on charcoal cakes. Hope that helps!

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2011 11:22:24 PM »

Good information.  I'll have to try it.
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