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Making Your Own Incense Cones


Creating your own Incense Cones or Incense Sticks is easy, fun and also makes great gifts!  


What you need:

- Blank incense cones or incense sticks

- Essential oil, fragrance or blend of choice

- Denatured alcohol

- A deep pan, tray or large jar

- Gloves

- Large spoon with holes

- Drying rack

lighting a cone incense


Step 1:

Make your fragrance blend. This can be a blend of essential oils or perfume oils. You can also use single note perfume oils, or individual essential oils. Patchouli, sandalwood, lavender, bay are some favorite essential oils. Almond, coconut, apple, bayberry are some favorite perfume oils. Be creative and make your own unique fragrance!

burning incense


Step 2:

Dilute your blend or single oil in alcohol; 1/3 fragrance blend 2/3 alcohol. Denatured alcohol is inexpensive and can be purchased at a hardware store. Other alcohols can be used; you must make certain that the percentage of alcohol is higher than 40%. Isopropyl alcohol will do, but it generally already has a fragrance added. Pure grain alcohol may be available at a liquor store.

different kinds of essential oils

Step 3:

Pour your diluted fragrance into a tall jar, or coffee can. A deep tray can also be used. Soak your incense cones or incense sticks in the blend for 24 hours.


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Step 4:

Remove incense from the liquid using a spoon with holes, spatchula, or strainer. Place on a baking rack with paper towels underneath and dry for another 24 hours. You can also make a rack using a window screen. Be careful! Alcohol is flammable! Always make your incense in a well ventilated room with no open flames, away from heat sources. Once your cones and sticks are completely dry, they are ready for burning. Do not burn your incense until they are completely dry. ENJOY!!

burning cone incense safely
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