Incense Ingredients List

incense ingredients

Below is a list of ingredients which are commonly incorporated within incense.

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  • Agarwood / Aloeswood – Aloeswood consists of trees within the Aquilaria genus. When these trees fall, they often become infected with a type of parasitic bacteria which the trees then produce aromatic compounds to attempt to heal the infection. Aloeswood is also notably used in the Japanese Kodo Ceremony.
  • Amber
  • Ambrette Seed
  • Balsam of Tolu
  • Basil
  • Bay Laurel
  • Benzoin
  • Borneol Camphor
  • Burgundy Pitch
  • Calamus Root
  • Cardamom
  • Cassia
  • Catnip
  • Cedar
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon – A common kitchen spice with a well-known spicy scent.
  • Clove
  • Colophony Pine
  • Copal – An aromatic resin which originates from South America.
  • Coriander
  • Dammar
  • Dragon’s Blood
  • Elemi
  • Encelia
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Galangal Root
  • Galbanum
  • Ginger Root
  • Guggul
  • Hibiscus
  • Hyssop
  • Iris Root
  • Juniper Berries
  • Juniper Tips
  • Juniper Wood
  • Labdanum
  • Laurel Leaves
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Grass
  • Makko – A powder made from the Machillus Thunbergii tree. This incense powder is known to have minimal smoke and scent. It is a popular ingredient within traditional Japanese incense sticks.
  • Marjoram
  • Mastic
  • Melissa
  • Mugwort
  • Musk Seed
  • Myrrh
  • Nutmeg
  • Oakmoss
  • Onycha
  • Opoponax
  • Palo Santo – Palo Santo is also known as ‘Holy Wood’. This wood is native to Peru and has a unique, crisp and clean scent.
  • Patchouli
  • Pine Needle
  • Pine Resin
  • Rhubarb
  • Rose – A traditional flower of love in many cultures of the world.
  • Rosemary
  • Saffron
  • Sage-Desert
  • Sage-White
  • Sandalwood
  • Sandalwood-Red
  • Sandarac
  • Spikenard
  • Spruce
  • Stacte
  • Star Anise
  • Storax
  • Sweetgrass
  • Thyme
  • Tolu Balsam
  • Tonka Beans – Although Tonka beans are harder to obtain nowadays, it is still a popular base note in both incense and perfume manufacturing.
  • Turmeric – An Indian spice often used in curries and other foods. It also has a spicy, earthy scent which incorporates well into some incense blends.
  • Valerian
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver

This article was last revised on 02/28/2020.

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