Agarwood and Incense links at White Lotus’s Blog

Christopher at White Lotus has done a nice job this month of putting up lots of posts. Some that caught my eye are one on Agarwood and others on incense making and incense.

White Lotus is one of the best places to look for E.O.’s, Absolutes and such for aroma therapy, perfuming and incense making.

There is a wealth of information at the blog and also at the White Lotus website itself. Check out the pastime newsletters as well as the recipes. Its well worth a look. Plus they carry very nice oils. Devastated many a paycheck theređŸ™‚

-Ross

4 Comments

  1. February 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Christopher at White Lotus is one of my great inspirations and Mermade uses his EO’s almost exclusively. We would not the fine Frankincense we today with him. Plus he has given the world an encyclopedia of fragrant experience and journals that are priceless. Thank you Christopher for all your help and guidance through the years!
    Sincerely, Katlyn

  2. BringYourOwnBIOS said,

    February 23, 2015 at 8:32 am

    My attempt at making agarwood incense sticks didn’t work out so well – tried hand rolling sticks out of decent agarwood and makko powder- $3/g Laotian agarwood – smelled great on my heater – but the sticks kicked up an acrid note – my White Crystanthemum agarwood sticks also have that note – and I get that same note when I try burning agarwood chips on a burner, or troching a whole chunk of the wood like you would palo santo..

    • Dead Crow said,

      February 23, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Since I do not have your wood here in front of me to look at, it is impossible to say exactly what your problem might be, but am going to make an educated, and overly simplified guess. When heating the wood on a burner at low heat, you are only releasing the aromatic components of the wood, when burning the wood in a stick, you are including the uninfected wood, which at best is neutral in smell, at worst can be quite unappealing. Same applies when heating the wood at too high a temperature on a burner or “torching” the wood, an idea only someone totally unaware of the true value/rareness of the wood would suggest doing! Every time I see the Sacred Mountain ads suggesting this method I just shake my head in disbelief. I’m sure it boosts the “bottom line”, but also would suggest that their product isn’t worthy of enjoying being heated properly, why not enjoy a fistful with the scorched smell insteadđŸ™‚

      • Dead Crow said,

        February 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

        P.S. Forgot to mention this, but in better sticks produced by the higher end Japanese companies as well as some educated indies, the heating rate of the stick and its components are modulated by such things as the use of charcoal, size of the wood particulates in the mixture, and the types of resins added, among other things. Also, the angle that the stick is held at during burning can affect aroma, with a directly vertical burning the hottest, the more toward horizontal, the cooler the burn.


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