The Magic of Incense

The Mother’s Fragrances Incense BoxIncense has been used for thousands of years and was common to many ancient cultures – usually as part of religious worship or as a luxury for the rich.

Today, incense is burned for a variety of reasons. Individual fragrances can have a positive effect on your emotions:

  • Roses and Violets will make you feel happy.
  • Lotus and Vanilla are other joyful fragrances.
  • If you want to work or study, try Musk, which encourages activity.
  • Amber helps you to relax.
  • Sandalwood stimulates intuition and meditation.
  • Passion Flower is a fragrance that inspires creativity.

The best incense is made only from natural ingredients. That’s why we are now stocking The Mother’s Fragrances Incense. This outstanding, fairly traded incense is hand-rolled and completely avoids dipping in chemicals.

How is Incense made?
A variety of scented flowers, herbs, leaves, essential oils, resins and wood powders or charcoal are blended with water to form a dough. Every fragrance has its own mix of ingredients. A tree resin which has adhesive properties is added to the mixture as a binding agent. The dough is rolled onto thin slivers of bamboo and allowed to dry in the shade. The result is a light and clean burning incense, with just enough smoke to carry the fragrance, but not cloud the room.

The scents of flowers are generally subtle and delicate. Charcoal, which burns without a scent of its own is therefore used for the floral fragrances. These sticks are black. The brown sticks contain a variety of wood powders and herbs and are used to create more woody fragrances like amber and sandalwood.

Fragrances are often associated with memories, emotions and feelings and can be used to bring these back to you. Individual fragrances will affect different people in different ways. It is exciting to experiment and find out which one is best for you to burn at different times of the day, which fragrance contributes to your health, your learning abilities, your intuition and emotional development and which one is best to give to a friend. You could start experimenting using our box with mini sticks of 21 different fragrances, and use this guide to determine which fragrance will suit you for a particular mood or situation:

Restful Fragrances:
Lavender, Amber, Sandalwood, Wild Flower
Inspiring Fragrances:
Passionflower, Autumn Leaves, Evening Rose
Happy Fragrances:
Roses and Violets, Lotus, Vanilla
Purifying Fragrances:
Spicewood, Sandalwood, Lotus, Jasmine
Fragrances for Children:
Roses and Violets, Musk (helps with homework)
Adventurous Fragrances:
Oriental Rose, Passionflower, Musk
Fragrances for Meditation:
Sandalwood, Lotus, Amber, Opium
Ancient Fragrances:
Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Gardenia

How to use Incense
Incense sticks must be put in an incense holder and then lit. Blow the flame out after a few seconds. The heat of the smouldering stick evaporates the oils and burns the powders, releasing a pleasant fragrance. Always place the incense holder on a secure and fireproof surface. Be careful with flames and never leave burning incense unattended.

The Mother’s Fragrances Incense is available as mini sticks in sample and gift boxes. I feel this is the most economic way for you to try all the wonderful fragrances and choose your favourites over time:

Box of 21 Packs of Mother’s Fragrances Incense Mini Sticks
Box of 21 Packs of Mother’s Fragrances Incense Mini Sticks with Wooden Holder  (gift box)
Box of 12 Packs of Mother’s Fragrances Incense Mini Sticks

We also stock the best ever Nag Champa Incense, genuinely fair-trade and free from artificial and chemical additives.

Now is a good time to stock up on the most delicious fragrances and make your home smell like heaven with natural scents free from chemicals.

Needless to say I love using this incense in my own home, and it has become my firm favourite. I feel confident that you will enjoy it, too.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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How to Use Fragrance Oils – Hints & Tips

Fragrance Oils and Oil BurnerNow that Autumn is upon us and the days are getting shorter, we can create a cosy atmosphere in our homes by burning candles, incense and fragrance oils.

Unlike essential oils, fragrance oils are highly diluted aroma oils, hence the lower price. Some fragrance oils are also a mix of various essential oils to create a unique scent, such as our Gothic Dream and Night Magic.

Fragrance oils are very versatile; they are perfect for:

  • burning in oil burners
  • scenting new candles or refreshing faded ones (add a few drops of oil to the hot wax of the candle)
  • scenting and refreshing potpourri
  • soaking cotton balls to scent drawers
  • putting a few drops on a cotton ball and put inside the bag of your vacuum cleaner to diffuse the scent whilst hoovering

You can even use the clear coloured oils to nourish and scent wooden furniture. It works really well on my battered pine table, but please try this out on a hidden area of your furniture first, if you are worried about staining.

How to burn fragrance and essential oils in your oil burner:

Fill the bowl of your oil burner with some water and add a few drops of oil. The more oil you add, the more intense the aroma in your room. Don’t burn the oil undiluted as the smell will be too strong.

Safety Notes

  • Some fragrance and essential oils may cause skin irritation. Avoid contact with skin. Wash with soap and water after contact. Keep away from eyes and mouth. Rinse eyes profusely with water in case of accidental contact and seek immediate medical attention. If skin irritation occurs, wash with soap and water, pat dry. If irritation continues, or is severe, seek medical attention. Not for internal use.
  • Keep away from children and pets.
  • Avoid exposing people with lung conditions, such as asthma, to the vapour of fragrance oils.
  • Oil may stain materials and surfaces.
  • Never touch hot oil or their containers, they will burn.
  • Never add oil to hot containers as an explosion may occur.
  • Do not leave oil burning pots unattended. Never exceed the manufacturer recommendations for length of time to burn oil. For the best experience, simply burn for 15 minutes at the most, then allow to cool and then relight.
  • The harmful level of essential oils in sprays and in burning oils is not really known. When you are diffusing oils you should try not to use excessive amounts of fragrance/essential oil. In addition, you need to ensure good air circulation, so that the concentration of essential oil vapours is not built up.

My current favourites are Orange & CinnamonApple Spice and Frankincense, available to buy as part of our special fragrance oil multi-buy offer.

Nag Champa is a new fragrance, which has a wonderfully calming aroma, and can be bought separately.

Please also take a look at our wonderful oil burners. And if you sign up to our newsletter, you will receive your exclusive 10% discount voucher  – just in time to save on your Christmas shopping!

Wishing you a fragrantly delicious Autumn season!

Christiane

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