Best Incense Sticks – Buyer’s Guide

Best Incense SticksInsense has been used for many years spiritually for meditation, prayer, and ceremonies, but it has also been used with aromatherapy, as a deodorant, and as an insect repellant according to Wikipedia.

People who are religious, participate in aromatherapy, or those who simply want to make the bugs go away are the ones who buy incense. There are hundreds of different scents. Some are common and others are one of a kind, usually with their own unique names.

Buying the wrong scent could affect the reason you are buying it. If you want to repel bugs then using an incense meant for meditation or spiritual purposes will not help, usually.

Best Smelling Incense Sticks of 2018

Product TypeQuantityScentsBurn timeAsh catcher 
Sensari Hand-Dipped Incense & Burner Gift Set (Editor's Choice)Sensari Hand-Dipped Incense & Burner Gift SetNatural incense sticks set (12 scents)120 + 10Balsam Fir, Egyptian Goddess, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Frankincense & Myrrh, Herbal, Myrrh, Nag Champa, Patchouli, Potpourri, Sage, Sandalwood, Vanilla.30-60 mins+Check Price
Gonesh SticksGonesh Incense SticksBest smelling synthetic incense sticks20, 80, 100, 240, 260Herbs and Flowers; Green Mountains; Mystic Forest; Oils and Spices; Orchards and Vines; Earthly Wonders; Spring Mist; Extra Rich Black Cherry; Extra Rich Dreamcicle; Extra Rich Love; Extra Rich Pine; Extra Rich Sandalwood; Coconut30-45 minsCheck Price
Bless Frankincense and Myrrh 100% Natural SticksBless Frankincense and Myrrh 100% natural incense sticksNatural incense sticks for relaxation100Frankincense and Myrrh20-30 minsCheck Price
WagsMarket Premium Hand Dipped SticksWagsMarket Premium Hand Dipped Incense SticksBest smelling incense sticks100Bob Marley; Egyptian Musk; Frankincense and Myrrh; Lick Me All Over; Nag Champa; Patchouli; Pink Sugar; Sage; Vanilla; Sandalwood45-60 minsCheck Price
Nag Champa Satya Gift SetSatya Incense Sticks Gift SetIndian incense sticks set (12 scents)144Sunrise; Romance; Fortune; Rain Forest; Celestial; Super Hit; Nag Champa; Jasmine Blossom; Midnight; Sandalwood; Patchouli Forest; Blessings.30-45 minsCheck Price
Kanaiya Sandalwood Sticks From IndiaKanaiya Sandalwood Incense Sticks From IndiaIndian sandalwood incense sticks120Sandalwood40-60 minsCheck Price
Karma Scents Premium SticksKarma Scents Premium Incense SticksIndian incense sticks set (6 scents)180Lavender, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose, Vanilla30 mins+Check Price
Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa AgarbattiSatya Sai Baba Nag Champa AgarbatIndian agarbatti250Nag Champa40 minsCheck Price
Chakras Incense 7 Chakras Root To Crown IncenseChakras Incense 7 Chakras Root To Crown IncenseIncense sticks for meditation60, 140Muladhara (Patchouli, Vetiver); Svadhisthana (Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine); Manipura (Bergamotte, Ginger); Anahata (Sandalwood, Rose); Vishudda (Frankincense, Peppermint); Ajna (Cinnamon, Sage); Sahasrara (Frankincense, Myrrh, Lotus)60 mins+Check Price
Hem Patchouli SticksHem Patchouli Incense SticksIndian patchouli incense sticks120, 240Patchouli40 minsCheck Price

 

1. Sensari Hand-Dipped Incense & Burner Gift Set – for Spiritual Practitioners

Whether you like multiple scents, you are looking for different scents, or you know someone who likes incense, you might want to consider this bundle. If you like natural light and dark wood and distinct fragrances, you could think about giving these a try. There is a mixture of different scents, but the majority are used for spiritual purposes.

  • 120 sticks (10 sticks per scent)
  • 12 Scents: Balsam Fir, Egyptian Goddess, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Frankincense & Myrrh, Herbal, Myrrh, Nag Champa, Patchouli, Potpourri, Sage, Sandalwood, Vanilla
  • 10 inch long sticks
  • 10 extra sticks
  • Naturally made

This earns a solid pass not only because of the number of different scents but also because they are naturally made. Also, the length of each stick means it will burn for nearly an hour, meaning over 100 hours of burning time and over 2000 hours of the room retaining the scents.

PROS:
  • Naturally made
  • Has multiple scents
  • Long sticks
CONS:
  • Mostly spiritual scents
  • Has a strong smell

 

2. Gonesh Sticks – The Largest Variety Pack in the World

With scents like Spring Mist, this package really does have unique scents, especially when compared to others on this list. It has some of the most popular scents like lavender and sandalwood which you might like if you want a variety of spiritual, relaxation, and fresh smelling incense.

  • 240 sticks (20 sticks per scent)
  • 12 Scents: Lavender, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Spring Mist, Orchard & Vines, Coconut, Herbs & Flowers, Earthly Wonders and more
  • 8 inch long sticks
  • Synthetic

They are less popular than the others but they are also cheaper and there are multiple buying options.

If you are a person who is not sensitive to synthetically made incense sticks, you should consider trying these out. If you are sensitive to synthetics or you do not want to breathe any possible chemicals in, then you should probably consider another product.

PROS:
  • Comes in variety
  • Also available in single, 4, 5, 12, and 13 scent packs
CONS:
  • Synthetic
  • Less popular

 

3. Bless Frankincense and Myrrh 100% Natural Sticks – A Great Bulk Buy

This is possibly one of the best products for those who either like the scent of Frankincense & Myrrh or those who are spiritual and use it for religious purposes. It is cheaper than others out there, made with essential oils, and is one of the most popular products.

  • 100 sticks
  • 1 Scent: Frankincense & Myrrh
  • 8 inch long sticks
  • Naturally made

It is a strong yes for this one. Between all of its features and the fact that it is naturally made with a guarantee for freshness, this is a hard-to-beat product. Burning for around 30 minutes long and keeping a room fresh for up to 24 hours is another plus that might make you want to consider trying this out if you know you will like the smell.

PROS:
  • Naturally made
  • Cheaper than variety packages and some single scent packages
CONS:
  • Single scent

Bless Frankincense and Myrrh natural incense sticks

 

4. WagsMarket Premium Hand Dipped Sticks – The Longest Burning Incense

Another less popular one, these WagsMarket incense sticks can only be bought in single scents, but they have 8 different scents available. There are mostly spiritual scents, but there are also a few relaxing and fragrance scents as well.

So while they do not have a variety package, they are ideal for those out there who like to buy a scent or more in bulk. What sets these sticks apart from the others is that they are 12 inches long, larger than any others on this list. Because of this, they burn for up to 60 minutes or more and keep the room fragrant for up to about 48 hours.

  • 100 sticks
  • 1 Scent (available in: Bob Marley, Egyptian Musk, Frankinces & Mrryh, Nag Champa, Patchouli, Pink Sugar, Sandalwood, or Vanilla)
  • 12 inch long sticks
  • Synthetic

If they were not synthetic and were more popular, they would probably be one of the best products out there. Unfortunately, because they are more expensive, especially considering they are synthetic, they would probably not be the best fit for everyone. For those of you who are sensitive, take caution because they may be too strong for you.

PROS:
  • 12 inch sticks
  • 8 different scents available
CONS:
  • Synthetic
  • Slightly more expensive

WagsMarket Hand Dipped Incense Sticks

 

5. Nag Champa Satya Gift Set – for Someone Spiritual Or A New Incense Lover

One of the most popular variety packages on this list, these Nag Champa incense sticks are a great find for new incense users as well as reoccurring customers. This contains over the average number of sticks that are both popular and unique scents like Rain Forest and Midnight. As the name suggests, this would make a well-thought gift set for those who are spiritual.

  • 144 sticks
  • 12 Scents: Sunrise, Romance, Fortune, Rain Forest, Celestial, Super Hit, Nag Champa, Jasmine Blossom, Midnight, Sandalwood, Patchouli Forest, and Blessings
  • 8 inch long sticks
  • Naturally made

This earns a big yes. The popularity, the cost, and the fact that it is naturally made are only a few reasons why. These sticks burn slightly longer than others of its length, making it last for up to 45 minutes or more. You should consider using these sticks, especially if you are new to burning incense.

PROS:
  • Contains more than most variety packages
  • Cheaper than other products
  • Naturally made
CONS:
  • Contains more spiritual scents

 

6. Kanaiya Sandalwood Sticks From India – One of the Most Exotic

Probably one of the cheapest packages out there, these incense sticks are also less popular than other out there. The reason is that they are made and shipped from India and it is unknown how long the sticks are and if they are made naturally or synthetically. Not only that, but they are also only available in one scent.

  • 120 sticks
  • 1 Scent: Sandalwood
  • Stick length: n/a
  • Important from India (unknown if natural or synthetic)

If you are familiar with incense and want to try a different kind, then you might want to try this. It is probably not the best product out there for those who are new to burning incense. True, it is cheaper than most packages, but if you are unfamiliar with the scent or the brand, you may end up regretting getting it.

PROS:
  • Cheaper
CONS:
  • Unknown length and ingredients
  • Only available in one scent

Kanaiya Sandalwood Incense Sticks

 

7. Karma Scents Premium Sticks – The Most Beautiful Variety Pack

While some of the other products on here come with a burner, this variety pack comes with 6, one for each scent, as well as a beautiful, color-coded holder for each scent. The number of different scents balances out very well with their ideal purpose whether it is meditation, relaxation, or fragrance inducing.

  • 180 sticks
  • 6 Scents: Vanilla, Rose, Patchouli, Jasmine, Lavender, and Sandalwood
  • 11 inch long sticks
  • Naturally made
  • Comes with 6 holders

This variety pack is very recommended for first-time incense users, as well as repeat, incense burners. It has the most popular and desired scents, multiple burners, one of the longest lengths, and it costs a little more than the others. You may also want to consider getting it as a gift for an incense lover that you may know, or maybe for yourself.

PROS:
  • Long sticks
  • Naturally made
CONS:
  • Slightly more expensive than average

Karma Scents Incense Sticks

 

8. Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa Agarbatti – Best Quality Incense Sticks for Relaxation and Meditation

Joining others that are a little mysterious to us, these Satya Sai Baba Nagchampa incense sticks are made and imported from India. The scent is a combination of a flowery scent as well as oriental spices, making it extremely favored by spiritualists and those who like to burn the incense while they meditate. Some people also love it for its unique and exotic scent alone, but others think it can be too strong.

    • 250 sticks
    • 1 Scent: Nag Champa
    • 8 inch long sticks
    • Unknown if natural or synthetic

Even though it is unclear if it is made naturally or synthetically, the popularity and the price are its redeeming qualities that give this incense a recommendation. Though like with other single scent packages, it is recommended that new incense users try similar scents before buying this in case they do not like it.

PROS:
  • Meant for meditation
  • Very popular and cheap
CONS:
  • Unknown if naturally or synthetically made
  • Only one scent available

 

9. Chakras Incense 7 Chakras Root To Crown Incense – for Those Who Meditate to Clear Their Chakras

This 7 Chakra incense variety pack is another choice to consider, especially for those who are spiritual. What makes them stand apart from all of the other incenses is that each scent is specifically for meditation for each Chakra point.

The Root Chakra stick is a combination of Patchouli and Vetiver. The Sacral Chakra stick is a combination of Ylang Ylang and Jasmine. The Solar Plexus Chakra stick is a combination of Bergamot and Ginger. The Heart Chakra stick is a combination of Sandalwood and Rose. The Throat Chakra stick is a combination of Frankincense and Peppermint. The Third Eye Chakra stick is a combination of Cinnamon and Sage. The Crown Chakra stick is a combination of Frankincense & Myrrh and Lotus.

  • 140 sticks
  • 7 Scents for Chakra Meditation
  • 11 inch long sticks
  • Naturally made

If you are a spiritualist and love the naturally made incenses, then you may want to give these incense sticks a try. They last for 60 or more minutes which is ideal for long periods of meditation. Regardless, if you are simply curious about the unique combination of scents, you may want to test one of these sticks out.

PROS:
  • Meant for Chakra meditation
  • Can buy individually as well
  • Long sticks
CONS:
  • More expensive

 

10. Hem Patchouli Sticks – One of the Cheapest Bulks of Patchouli

These Hem incense sticks are pretty average when comparing them to the others. Like some of the others, they are made in India, and they only come in one scent: Patchouli, though it is not an overly-thick scent. What particularly stands out is the fact that they are about half of the price of other incense sticks.

  • 120 sticks
  • 1 Scent: Patchouli
  • Length unknown
  • Unknown if made naturally or synthetically
  • Made in India for aromatherapy and/or meditation

When considering that not everything about the product is known, particularly if it is naturally or synthetically made, then it is probably not the best choice out there for new incense users. Those who are not sensitive to synthetically made ones may want to give it a try, but those who are should probably keep looking at other products in case this may irritate your nose or lungs.

PROS:
  • Cheap
  • Made for mediation and/or aromatherpy
CONS:
  • Only one scent

 

Buyers Guide

Length of the stick

The length of the stick can determine how long it will burn for as well as how long the scent will linger in the room. Sticks that are around 8 inches long can burn as short as 20 minutes while the longer ones that are around 12 inches can burn for up to an hour long. If you plan to use them for a short time or you are unfamiliar with the scent, you might want to get shorter sticks first since the longer ones usually cost a little more. There are some sticks out there that are only 3 inches long and others that are over 14 inches long.

Amount of sticks in a package

Some packages can have as few as 10 sticks or as many as 300 or more. Buying in bulk is a good option if you know which scents you like because those packages are usually cheaper. If you are trying out a new scent or brand, then you should try a smaller package option in case you end up not liking it.

Number of scents

Some packages are strictly one or two scents which are usually meant for those who want to buy them in bulk. Other packages can have a variety of a dozen or more different scents. These can be great for those who are trying several at once or those who like the convenience of choice when burning.

Purpose

Insense has been used for spiritual and health purposes. They have been burned while people pray, meditate, and relax. People also use them to establish a routine and bring fragrance into a room or home. Each scent has a particular purpose as well.

These scents promote relaxation: Jasmine, Lavender, Pine, Chamomile, Lemongrass, and Vanilla.

These scents promote spirituality: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Musk, Patchouli, Sage, and Eucalyptus.

These scents are popular room fresheners: Vanilla, Strawberry, Rose, Coconut, Citronella, Cinnamon, Cherry, and Potpourri,

Natural vs Synthetic

If you are sensitive to certain perfumes or chemicals, then it is important to check what the incense sticks are made of. Ones that are made naturally are scented with real herbs and plants and the preferred choice because they are healthier to breathe and smell better. Synthetically made sticks are color dyed to appear prettier, have perfumes that can smell strong and flowery, and they also carry chemicals to keep them smelling longer but make it unsafe to breathe.

Those who are sensitive to synthetically made incense sticks can have trouble breathing, or may experience other symptoms similar to that of allergies or even an asthma attack.

Conclusion

Now you not only know what incense is used for but also different types, how many are usually in a package, how long they burn and more. Also, if you are starting aromatherapy or meditation, you have a general idea of which incense sticks would work best compared to others. More and more scents are made every year from both small vendors and large companies so keep your eyes out for any new scents and stock up on the unique ones. The less popular ones tend to not stay on the shelves or online for very long.

Note: burning incense can lead to certain health risks. Read here for more information.

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