So, I grew up in a house with hippie parents and incense was a daily thing. I’ve been lighting my own cones and sticks since I was old enough to handle matches. The smell and smoke are comforts to me when I’m having a rough day. Combine them with some mellow music and candle light and I’m in heaven. I’m always on the lookout for new scents and The Incense Box looked like a great way to sample them.
Every month, The Incense Box mails out handmade traditional incense sticks in various scents as well as Palo Santo sticks. If you pay more, you can get essential oils, candles and smudge sticks, but I ordered the straight up incense box. Above this article, you’ll see the box it shipped in. Here’s what was inside.
When I opened the box, I found everything packed in shredded cardboard and the incense sticks were in bags divided by scent. There was also a coloring meditation page and a card that listed all the scents they mailed out in their various box levels. I think the card could be divided up differently to let you know exactly which box everything is found in. As it is, it’s a little confusing. They list the essential oil, extra scents and smudge sticks, etc. even if they don’t come in your box. Splitting them into separate cards might be something to consider in the future.
Under the coloring and inventory cards were three packs of stick incense. The scents for April were China Rain, Mango Butter and Pumpkin & Fig. China Rain had a very floral scent, like perfume. I was afraid it would be overpowering, but it really wasn’t. It was pleasant and put off a decent amount of smoke. Mango Butter smelled more like the vanilla that was mixed with the fruit scent and Pumpkin & Fig smelled of the spices that were incorporated than the fruits themselves. However, they were both yummy smelling. I’ve found fruit scents don’t always come through as strongly as you’d like them to.
Lastly, the box included an incense burner for cones and sticks, and a couple of Palo Santo sticks. This company mails a burner with every initial box, so you’ll get it in your first shipment, but not after. This one holds onto the incense well and is attractive to look at. It will get a lot of use here. I haven’t burned the sticks because I fear they’ll put off a lot of smoke like a smudge stick. Not something I can use indoors in a crowded apartment building. Maybe after we move and have more space.
The incense seems to be soaked for a satisfactory amount of time to give off good smoke and odors. Some of the sticks were cut a little rough, but I’ve found that with a lot of different brands in the past as well. The price per stick is a bit high, but it’s handmade, not commercially boxed.
If you’re looking for a way to try out new quality incense without having to leave the house, try The Incense Box for $14.99 with free shipping. You’ll get 3 packs of 20 incense sticks and 2 Palo Santo sticks in every box, which you can choose to be delivered monthly or bi-monthly.
4 out of 5 stars