I found this site in New Zealand, called They sell (and buy) beach caste ambergris. Beach caste means it is ethically harvested by being picked up off beaches, so no harm to whales. They have many different colors and scents and I noticed that they contacted me each time to see if there were specific needs.  I personally have bought from them twice now. They are very nice and the price seems really fair. So far I have created a mixture of ambergris, sandalwood and Siam Benzion plus a few other spices to use on my incense heater. I find that the ambergris has a very slight ocean scent but more importantly seems to increase and somehow make “richer” all the other scents. As the blend ages it also seems that the different components seem to “marry up” or bind with each other to a greater degree then I have noticed before. It is fairly potent in its effects and a gram or two would give you an idea as to its potential. I also have some soaking in 190 proof alcohol to use in perfumes and incense blends, but there is a 6 month wait for it to age correctly. I am very curious as to how this will differ from the raw material in an incense blend. Ambergris was (and who know, might still be 🙂 ) a component of many incense blends from Japan and many of the other countries of the East.

They also have a huge collection of carved Maori art on the site that is really beautiful. I was really taken by some of the small boxes as storage for incense. Have fun!




  1. Anne said,

    July 13, 2009 at 9:46 pm


    I don’t know where else to put this, but this seems as good a place as any. I’ve discovered some online incense stores that may be of interest to the other readers of this blog.

    Tom’s Incense Superstore –

    Tom seems to have a fairly good selection, and bonus for you Yanks (I’m Canadian, btw) is that he ships for free to anywhere in the USA. There are no minimum orders, either. The prices are decent, too. The downside is that he currently only ships within the US, so no international orders can be processed.

    Orthodox Incense –

    As to be expected, this site offers church style incense. There’s a lot of variety of it, though; with both domestic and imported incenses. Prices are good, and there’s even two sampler packs of their more popular scents. They ship internationally.

    I haven’t purchased anything from either site (in Tom’s case, I literally can’t because he doesn’t ship internationally) so I can’t vouch for the customer service. However, both stores seem very accomodating, and willing to work with you should any issues arise.


    • July 17, 2009 at 6:40 am

      Greetings All,

      Thanks to Anne for mentioning our incense website, Orthodox Incense. We invite everyone to visit us for monastery made, athonite style incense, and for excellent worldwide customer service.

      If you any questions about our products or services, please do not hesitate to let us know.

      Many Thanks!

      Reader Seraphim Reynolds
      Orthodox Incense

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