Below, you will find a list of common questions that have been posted within our presence on the market. These responses are, of course, only a short sketch. If you still have some doubts, please contact us. Our staff will be happy to answer all your questions.
Why do incense sticks smell?
The aroma of incenses comes from two sources. Firstly, the fragrance is the composition of oils, which were used to soak a joss stick. Equally important is a natural scent of aromatic resins, which also form the structure and shape of incense.
I like the incense’s aroma but I have a small apartment and the smell of an entire burning joss is too strong. Is it possible to avoid it somehow?
Incense can be burned partially. You may extinguish it when you decide the odor intensity is suitable for you. Then, you can light it up again and use it to the end. If you are attached to one particular fragrance of our incenses, it is worth checking also offer of our oils, candles or potpourri. Many of our fragrances are available in fragrance lines, so your favorite scent may be obtained in several ways.
Why some incenses smell a little different after ignition?
The high temperature, appearing during the process of afterglow burning of incense, causes unavoidable smell’s changes of some oils used in the production. Moreover, bamboo stick, which is part of most varieties of incense, during burning up, provides additional “oriental” scent in the background. All these factors affect on the original joss stick fragrance. The fact is that the well-chosen fragrance bouquet released after stick ignition is often more interesting than the one originally evaluated.
Why do low-class sticks (mostly from China) smell very poorly or not at all after ignition?
The preparation of good fragrance bouquet for incense production requires knowledge, which is similar to that required for the production of perfume. In short,
each composition has three main scents. The scent which releases in the fastest way is called top head notes – it smells gently and disappears quickly. They are usually light fruity and some floral fragrances. Middle scent, also called as middle heart notes, remains somewhat longer in the air and mainly consists of a blooming, spice and herbal fragrances. The whole odor is closed by base notes, which consist mostly of resin and wood oriental fragrances. The only way to create harmonious, well-balanced composition is to combine many of the ingredients in the appropriate proportions.
Is it true that in India the children are working in the production of incenses due the reduction of the production cost?
It does not make sense. Most of incenses is kneaded by hand, it does require a lot of practice, skill and experience. Furthermore aromatic mass, which is used for making incense, is flexible only for a short time. What is more, a badly made incense cannot be re-formed. Women employed in the production are experts in their profession. They are able to create about few thousand sticks per day. It means that every few seconds one incense stick is created. No child could be able to cope with the speed and accuracy required in that work.
What is the difference between fragrance oil and essential oil?
Essential oils are 100% natural plant extracts (or derived from their fruits, seeds, etc.), which are obtained by distillation, extraction or chemical extrusion. Obtained in this way oils have generally one dominant note of the fragrance, which smells distinctly, but often quite severely. In practice, trade and cosmetic industry uses only about 30-40 scents of essential oils, which are often the starting point for further experiments and applications in the field of perfume and aromatherapy. On the other hand, fragrance oils are the composition of natural oils and the synthetically derived perfume notes. Thus, they are no completely of natural origin, but in turn, it gives practically unlimited possibilities in creating new fragrances.
Which oils are better: fragrance oils or essential ones?
There is no straight answer to this question. It all depends on the purposes for which we intend to use oils. If you want to use them to aromatherapy purposes e.g. inhalation, massage or saunas, then the essential oils should be used. The natural origin of these oils provides therapeutic and cleansing effect for the body. However, their disadvantage is that the strict and rather one-sided scents cannot be pleased by everyone. But if you want to create an original fragrance in the place where you live or create for your own use the fragrance composition, then fragrance oils seem irreplaceable ! In fact, much of our everyday cosmetics, perfumes, shampoos or soaps - are flavored with synthetic flavoring extracts. Popular and well-known odors such as vanilla, coffee, opium, musk, or green tea are used almost exclusively in the form of synthetic material.
Can I, by the use of your oils, create perfume for myself?
Of course! Perfumes and toilet water are formed by mixing fragrance oil and anhydrous alcohol which acts as a solvent. Thanks to it, a few/over a dozen of oils added to each other can form a fragrance bouquet. The whole trick is to combine them appropriately (proportions, quantities, etc.). In the aromatherapy section, you may find the offers of several beautiful compositions which are obtainable by household methods.
Is it true that your oils are so strong that they should not be used without prior dilution?
Our oils are concentrates. This applies to both natural essential oils, and those from the group of fragrances. The result is that in contact with the wood (furniture, floor, etc), or certain plastics may cause discoloration or even changes in the structure of the material. This is a natural result of the chemical reaction. Therefore, our packaging is made from glass or suitable material (PET) bottles. So if our oils in their natural concentrations are used as intended, i.e. to aromatize spaces (e.g. via fireplaces, potpourri, etc.), then there is no problem. However, in other cases, you should consider dilution. The most common use for this might be odorless baby oil or good quality vegetable oil.
What does potpourri contain?
Potpourri is a mixture of dried plant parts: flowers, leaves and seeds. It occurs in natural colors, or is colored in different colors depending on the need. After soaking dried flowers by fragrance oil, the aroma remains in the house for a long time.
Potpourri stops to smell after a few weeks of opening the package. Do I need to buy a new one?
Not necessarily, you can simply soak them again with your favorite fragrance oil. In this way, You may repeat process frequently.