Is Good Living
Is Good Living
Why you should be lighting up
some incense in your home
When you’re staying indoors more and more, and your home becomes your workplace, your gym and your restaurant, it's important to break up your day and break up the space. A good fragrance not only clears the air (literally), but it has the ability to change your mindset. Scents have long been used to create different emotional and psychological environments, says neuroscientist Rachel Herz, author of Scent of Desire, the preeminent study on the importance of smell in our lives.
While there are a myriad of ways to scent your environment, incense is an old school option that suddenly seems to be everywhere. Perhaps because it's so intertwined with ritual. The lighting and snuffing out of a flame, the lingering wisps of smoke curling their way through the air. There's more of a physical presence. And it seems a bit more supernatural, more charged with the ability to change the environment. Plus, it's aesthetically elevated and while investing in quality incense will run you about the same as a good candle, the incense promises more scent for longer. So, in that way, it's also a smart buy. Here's what were lighting these days.
Look for all-natural options in the form of sticks or cones. Organic woods and essential oils keep the fragrances clean and more potent.
The scent is light and green and clean with a true matcha aroma.
Green tea incense,
$35 by Binu Binu
A subtle, smokeless scent of lavender and clary sage.
Calm ritual incense,
$32 by Bodha
Made from resin extracted from Almacega trees of the Amazon rainforest and scented with white sage.
Breu resin incense blend,
$19 by Incausa
Indian and Fiji sandalwood is blended for a sweet, warm scent.
Golden Hour incense,
$28 by Studio The Blue Boy
Oud, teak and myrrh mix with black pepper for a complex and sensual fragrance.
Targa incense cones,
$34 by Blackbird
All-natural piñon transports you to winters in the Southwest, around a campfire.
Desert Piñon incense,
$12 by Juniper Ridge
The short sticks are scented with therapeutic Japanese Hinoki wood, and it comes with its own holder.
Hinoki forest incense,
$18 by Tosaryu
Your options when it comes to incense holders are long and tall or short and squat. It all depends on your personal style (and choice of incense).
Solid brass burner,
$150 by Cinnamon Projects
Black ceramic burner stand,
$40 / $33.98 by Norden
Removing the brass ball reveals space for a tall candlestick
Concrete and brass holder,
$80 by Coming Soon
Copper incense holder,
$32 at Beehive Collective
Square concrete upright holder,
$29 by Surpoint
Cast-iron Japanese turtle censer,
$50 by Hakuodo
Works for both sticks and cones
Marbled concrete holder,
$28 by Pretti.Cool
Tomoro handmade ceramic holder,
$80 at Tortoise General Store
With soothing notes of lavender and cedar wood, these paper leaves smolder like incense for about seven minutes, adding a quick but lasting shot of fragrance to a room. They’re particularly good on a nightstand, for a bedtime ritual.
$54 by HA KO
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