A few things…

First of all, thanks to everyone who has posted questions for Anna Pach. I’m going to leave the window open a little longer, but over the next couple of weeks I will be coming up with some of my own and then sending all of them to her. Please check the post downstream a bit if you haven’t had a chance to see it, and I encourage everyone to leave a question.

Second, I need to remind of some guidelines here. I’ve mentioned before that I closed the window on criticisms of Essence of the Ages in a previous thread, so this is a reminder that in particular if you’re a new poster and all you’re here for is to shoot off a complaint and then bolt, I’m not inclined to pass it by our filter. I think by this point there are plenty of back and forths on that particular issue in that thread, enough for people to make up their minds on whether to purchase from this company. The best we can do at this point is to note that we allowed the debate to go on for quite a while and that it is now over. It is not ORS’s job to resolve complaints with a company.

Third, if you are a business and you aren’t seeing your post come through on ORS it’s very likely that you’re not following the rules of etiquette here. If you want visibility for your business, the last thing you should be posting is (for example) how you can’t wait to translate ORS and put our articles on your page or creating a response to a reader’s comment that is entirely based on garnering business from it (PARTICULARLY when it sells products that are protected by CITES). Please consider that the best way to introduce yourselves to me is to use the About page and contact me through the information there, as I’m happy to chat with you and get to know you. In many ways this is a simple gauntlet to run because if you haven’t taken the time to go through our information pages, then you can’t really expect us to take the time to feature you here.  As a service to our readers we are careful who we add to the links and like to get some idea that people are happy with your business first before we can recommend them.

Also, if you’re leaving a comment the site is moderated. So if the same post is posted in different threads multiple times, only one will be passed through.

Thanks for reading!


  1. adrianbartoli said,

    September 1, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Thanks for everything you have done over the years. It is important to remember that incense is a source for calm, focused meditation. While the internet has been a wonderful gift in allowing the creation of a community of incense lovers to come together, it also seems to embolden intolerance and outrage.

    Let’s remember that the production and sales of high quality incense is artisanal, and it is unrealistic to have the same expectations that we do of Walmart or McDonald’s. I’m sure many of us remember when there was no internet, and written correspondence took weeks, mail-order months.

    In the spirit of what we seek to do in our own lives with incense, I hope we can bring some of that positive energy to sustaining a compassionate sharing space in our online community.


    • Mike said,

      September 1, 2016 at 6:15 am

      Nicely said Adrian, I just want to emphasize your middle paragraph a second time. 🙂

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