Last Updated on October 11, 2022 by IncenseJunction
Imagine this. You grab some of your favorite incense sticks or cones, open up the pack, only to find out that your incense has completely dried out. It is also possible to find them completely wet. Nothing would feel worse, right?
The truth is, there are some incense cones and sticks that are made using raw and natural ingredients, which would resist degradation over time. However, most of the varieties in the market have some fragrance oils.
The chances of your incense degrading over time are higher with poor storage. For that reason, we prepared this post for incense lovers to learn how to store incense properly without compromising its quality or efficiency.
How should incense be stored? Tips for Optimal Storage
The first thing you should know is to prevent incense from coming in contact with elements such as light, humidity, and temperature because they degrade the components used to make the ingredients.
Can you leave incense out? You can but you should not. The best storage location should be a dark drawer that prevents contact with humidity or sunlight. It is important to avoid refrigeration at the same time. Refrigerating would result in moisture that would affect the quality of the incense.
Incense behaves weirdly. If you happen to store incense close to others with different types of fragrances, there are chances that the incense might pick up the aroma from the others that are close to it. for instance, if you placed a standard Nag Champa incense close to Japanese agarwood, there are chances that the distinct qualities that the agarwood possesses will become harder to recognize.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that you store each incense scent in a separate container that is sealed. Most people would simply prefer to use the original packaging. Nevertheless, putting the entire pack inside an air-tight container will allow it to last for a longer period.
We highly advise against storing your incense in boxes or trunks that are made using fragrant woods like pine or cedar. The scent from these woods will affect the general scent of your incense.
In case you purchase some expensive types of incense such as those with Paulownia boxes, you can use these boxes and reuse them for different incense packs. These boxes are quite popular because of their efficiency in maintaining the quality of the incense stored inside them. They are a great storage option and should help keep out the humidity, heat, and air.
What if Incense Gets Wet?
Imagine you have incense sticks that have become wet through humidity or otherwise. How do you dry incense? First, you should know that it is not ruined and you can still burn the stick after it has become wet. All you need to do is allow it to dry completely by itself and you can use it after.
How long does incense last in storage?
Incense will remain effective even after several years, especially if stored properly. However, you should make sure that you know how to store incense away from humidity, heat, light, or others with different scents.
The best way to store incense sticks and cones is in a cool, dry place. Incense should be stored in an airtight container to keep it from drying out. Incense that is too dry will not burn properly and can be a fire hazard.
If you are not using an airtight container, you can store the incense in a dark place, such as a drawer or a closet.
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