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#193800 - 05/28/05 10:13 AM Incense vs Room Spray
~ Rae ~ Offline

Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 4055
Loc: Seattle, WA
Does anyone have a preference?

I used to like to burn incense very regularly, but in my present apartment that's not really practical, so I've turned to making my own scented room spray with essential oils. I still sage to clear the energy, it's just with a mist now instead of smoke.
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#193801 - 08/26/05 07:39 PM Re: Incense vs Room Spray
Kennie - Etiquette Editor Offline

Registered: 07/03/04
Posts: 224
Loc: Northeast Ohio
I'm enjoying room spray at this point. I get sick of the smoke, so I've come to love my gardenia room spray.

#193802 - 08/27/05 04:57 AM Re: Incense vs Room Spray
Bryndian Offline

Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 63
Loc: Louisiana
I love incense. I tend to prefer natural, earthy scents (sandalwood, sweetgrass, lemongrass, sage, cedar) and burn them whenever I can... I even have a selection of incense to burn at the bar where I work during my shifts.

But my hubby can't take the smoke, it makes his throat burn. So I bought an alcohol lamp, the kind with the stone burner (it uses a catalytic conversion to disperse the scent into the air)... A very well-known brand is Lampe Berger, but I bought a knock off, much cheaper and simply made, which I like a lot. I have a very good friend who makes a whole line of exceptional quality aromatherapy products, and she makes several for me... one or two for just the scent, and several that serve dual purposes for certain health issues (one for my migraines, another for my hubby's sinus problems, another for my insomnia). I mix the oils in the right proportions with 91% alcohol ($.97 at the Walmart for the alcohol, and the most expensive essential oil blends I buy is the migraine stuff at $9.50 a half ounce, which makes enough for two quantities which burn for 8 - 10 hours... If I bought the stuff already mixed, I get really nasty perfumey scents, and its $14.50 or more a bottle) and burn them all the time.

They disperse through the house better than room sprays, and the aromatherapy oils are amazingly effective. And they smell so incredibly good!

And since there is no open flame, they are pretty safe... The stone extinguishes as soon as there is no more fuel to burn, so if it fell, it might burn a hole in the carpet, but I'm not worried about it burning the house down. Four ounces of fuel burns for 8 - 10 hours. One of the things I like best about it is that I can burn pure alcohol with no scent added, and it works as an odor neutralizer. I didn't believe it 'til I tried it, but it works. *shrugs* I don't do it often, since I like the scents, but at least I know I have that option.
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#193803 - 08/27/05 08:19 PM Re: Incense vs Room Spray
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Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 730
Loc: Lower Alabama
I love incense but over the years I have developed a sensitivity to smoke. I will burn it in another room nearby, and I love patchouli, frankincense, cinnamon or strawberry. Nag Champa makes me ill. I also will use some essential oils around the house, more than I burn incense. The essential oils also get used as perfume, as most perfumes bother my sinuses or give me a headache but the oils I have no problem with! <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

#193804 - 09/04/05 10:38 PM Re: Incense vs Room Spray
Katja Offline

Registered: 07/11/05
Posts: 479
I haven't really used room sprays...for me it's either essential oils in an oil burner, or natural incense--I tend to like the Japanese kinds. I can't stand most of the fake incense you can buy in the States, the "dipped" kind with the punk in them and the fakey scents like "spring rain." I'm hooked on some of the Baieido and other Japanese incenses--the Nepalese ones aren't so much my thing though I haven't tried many.

#193805 - 10/15/05 01:56 PM Re: Incense vs Room Spray
Permalia Offline

Registered: 10/15/05
Posts: 11
I use both. I make a room spray with essential oils in a tiny bit of perfumer's alcohol, then dilute it with floral hydrosol. I also make kyphi style perfume/incense and hand-rolled cones with sandalwood and aloeswood powder. They have a much subtler scent than the dipped fragrance oils sticks. I kind of like the smoke of incense ~ it's tangible in a way that spraying the air isn't. On the other hand, I have almost smoked myself out of the house a time or two burning several kinds at once. Lessons learned . . .


#193806 - 01/12/06 10:26 PM Re: Incense vs Room Spray
love_chloe Offline

Registered: 01/09/06
Posts: 25
I use incense quite alot and I liek to but ones from a wiccan store here in town. The cheap ones from the stores dont put out the same smell the bit more pricey ones are very nice and leave the hoem smelling not of smoke but of a very faint lingering aroma of the scent

#193807 - 08/25/06 08:41 PM Re: Incense vs Room Spray
ArtGlam Offline

Registered: 08/10/06
Posts: 216
Loc: The Edge of Reason, NC
I get my incense at the Ren Faire each year.

Has anyone used those fancy fragrance heater thingies?

I have a pal whi has one and it is NICE!
I am thinking about getting one....does anyone use one or know about them?
They work with essential oils...
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#193808 - 08/25/06 08:44 PM Re: Incense vs Room Spray
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Registered: 08/10/06
Posts: 216
Loc: The Edge of Reason, NC
sorry all...I was being lazy......didnt read it all.....Lampe Berger...just saw the earlier post!!

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#193809 - 09/04/06 03:32 AM Re: Incense vs Room Spray
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Registered: 06/06/06
Posts: 311
Loc: Gold Coast. Australia.
I use neither. I open the windows and let the lovely fresh air in, or bring some beautiful roses in from my garden and they certainly send a nice aroma through the house. I guess though you can only do that if there is no smog around.
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