Incense is an aromatic material that releases a variety of scents and fragrances when burned. The smoke that incense gives off is a white-ish grey color and is non-toxic. Incense can be made out of multiple natural substances such as sage, cedar, wood, charcoal, tragacanth, and Makko. It is commonly agreed upon that charcoal incense is the best smelling type of incense. Incense that is made with charcoal tends to smell a lot less like smoke and a lot more like what it's supposed to smell like (i.e. Rich Rose, Vanilla, Rain Forest, Eucalyptus, etc.) Incense Zen uses 100% charcoal based incense sticks and cones!
The answer to this question is simple. No! Incense isn't bad for you at all! The smoke created by incense is actually non-toxic. Here at Incense Zen we use a binding agent called Dipropylene Glycol, or DPG for short. This non-toxic chemical prevents the incense from producing black smoke when being burned. If you ever find incense that, when burned, creates a heavy black smoke it was most likely made incorrectly. If you'd like to be 100% certain that the incense you're buying is properly made, check to see if the company uses charcoal incense made with DPG!
Incense can be used for a variety of things! We've created a list of activities and uses below!