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Title: what are you favourite incenses?
Post by: tweety234 on January 21, 2013, 09:21:43 PM
what are your favorite incenses?
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Post by: Asteriktos on January 21, 2013, 09:32:54 PM
Probably this one (http://youtu.be/Fj5k6toS7i8) ranks pretty high :)
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Post by: Quinault on January 21, 2013, 11:14:15 PM
We burn sage or dried western red cedar.
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Post by: tweety234 on January 21, 2013, 11:30:30 PM
We burn sage or dried western red cedar.

I love sage. But why not frankinsence?
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Post by: Hinterlander on January 21, 2013, 11:38:32 PM
I Burned Nag Champa
Until I realized it was strange fire!
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Post by: Quinault on January 21, 2013, 11:46:50 PM
We burn sage or dried western red cedar.

I love sage. But why not frankinsence?

Why not a traditional Orthodox type incense?

Two reasons;

I am not Greek/Russian (or any other ethnicity that has traditionally used a resin incense), I am American Indian.

My husband and I are awful at lighting incense using the charcoal and incense granules. I suspect the cursing involved in us getting a good smoke counteracts the prayerful mindset that we are meant to have lighting incense. ;D


My FAVORITE is sweet grass though. We have cedar trees all around our house and can harvest cedar whenever we like. We can pick up sage or sweet grass at a pow-wow whenever we like. We have also found that the more natural incense we use effects our son's RAD less.
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Post by: simplygermain on January 22, 2013, 03:41:09 AM
Desert Fathers - Axum (I burn this to remind me of where I came from, my journey to orthodoxy).

My absolute prized and favorite is simply in honor of St. Herman, called Spruce Island but I'm not sure which monastery makes it. Maybe someone else here knows.

I have used pine resin as well and enjoy it.

From what my friend tells me that owns Desert Fathers Incense, frankenscense is controlled in majority by corrupt black marketers and hard to come by, very expensive and usually in short supply. Seeing as how I live in the USA, I would be proned to switch to indigenous ingredients if I could learn to prepare a sufficiently burning fragrance.
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Post by: JamesR on January 22, 2013, 04:09:29 AM
My mother is very prone to catching migraines and incense is a trigger, so I'm not allowed to burn incense at my home. That being said though, I still use scented candles--my favorite being from the Yankee collection. I like the "Midsummer Night" and "Moonlight" scents.
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Post by: Arachne on January 22, 2013, 04:10:18 AM
Yankee candles are awesome. Especially (no surprise there) their Frankincense & Myrrh combo.

I love St. Cyprian incense pellets, but I haven't been able to find them in years. Black and gold resin incense are good as well, and frankincense and myrrh are perennial classics.

I'm looking forward to trying a few of these (http://www.cenacle.co.uk/products.asp?category=Incense&subcategory=Orthodox%20Incense), especially the Byzantine.

For now, I'm (quite happily) making do with sticks, and this (http://www.elfindiaries.co.uk/elfin-diary-shop/fern-moss-incense/) is my new favourite.
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Post by: Ignatius II on March 13, 2013, 09:37:26 PM
Patchouli or Sandelwood.
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Post by: Tommelomsky on March 13, 2013, 10:16:05 PM
Byzantine
Resin
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Post by: Benjamin the Red on March 13, 2013, 10:46:45 PM
My absolute prized and favorite is simply in honor of St. Herman, called Spruce Island but I'm not sure which monastery makes it. Maybe someone else here knows.

Spruce Island is made by Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline, Massachusetts. You can buy it here (http://www.bostonmonks.com/product_info.php/cPath/38_108/products_id/593).

I usually use incense from the Hermitage of the Holy Cross (https://store.holycross-hermitage.com/catalog/incense) in Wayne, West Virginia. Though, Holy Transfiguration's formula, I think, is better (for burning on a charcoal), I generally like Holy Cross's fragrances better Though, I'm a sucker for Holy Transfiguration's "Gethsemane", which I use during Lent! I actually need to order more, as all I've got is my left over from last year!
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Post by: Antonis on March 14, 2013, 12:14:11 AM
My favorites are from St. Anthony's Monastery in Arizona. They have a desert flower one and some others that are really good.

I occasionally use frankincense but it can irritate my eyes and throat. Or maybe that's just because I burn copious amounts of it. Got to get the demons out of every nook and cranny!
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Post by: helenamarina on June 01, 2013, 10:46:55 PM
what are your favorite incenses?
frankincense all the way
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Post by: augustin717 on June 01, 2013, 10:48:22 PM
mine is "the devil's incense", i.e. tobacco
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Post by: Quinault on June 01, 2013, 10:55:41 PM
Tobacco is a pretty traditional incense in native societies actually.
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Post by: augustin717 on June 01, 2013, 11:02:21 PM
Tobacco is a pretty traditional incense in native societies actually.
I don't dispute that for a moment it's just how some Romanians affectionately call the divine plant.
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Post by: GabrieltheCelt on June 01, 2013, 11:11:46 PM
1. Frankincense 
2. Tea Rose 
3. Patchouli
4. I have some kind of floral incense from Romania that smells great.
5. Another resinous incense I love is called 'Gloria' something.  Smells wonderful.
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Post by: augustin717 on June 01, 2013, 11:23:29 PM

4. I have some kind of floral incense from Romania that smells great.


Before the opening of the market the most common thing put in censers I think, was just fir-tree or douglas or pine tree resin. I sill have a clump an old man gave to me back in the early nineties, as he was selling it in the market. Some reddish resin. It smells good although I thing the smoke is thicker.
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Post by: GabrieltheCelt on June 01, 2013, 11:29:41 PM

4. I have some kind of floral incense from Romania that smells great.


Before the opening of the market the most common thing put in censers I think, was just fir-tree or douglas or pine tree resin. I sill have a clump an old man gave to me back in the early nineties, as he was selling it in the market. Some reddish resin. It smells good although I thing the smoke is thicker.

 Sounds interesting.  The floral scent I referred to is resinous and covered in some kind of white powder.  Smells really good.  BTW, I have friend traveling to Romania in a few weeks.  What are some good incense I can ask him to purchase for me?
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Post by: augustin717 on June 01, 2013, 11:33:06 PM
I don't know. But if you have pine or fir trees around where you leave just scrape the resin and burn that. It smells good.
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Post by: arnI on June 02, 2013, 07:13:12 AM
Gardenia from Holy Transfiguration Monastery
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Post by: Arachne on June 02, 2013, 07:46:07 AM
I tried to buy from Desert Fathers, but they only accept payment through Google Wallet, which doesn't function in the UK yet. Boo hiss. :-\
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Post by: Quinault on June 02, 2013, 07:53:04 PM
Columbina is a pretty amenable person, try and ask her about alternative payment methods:


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Desert-Fathers-Incense/194180897281864
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Post by: LizaSymonenko on June 02, 2013, 08:03:21 PM

-Frankincense
-Damascus Rose
-Gardenia

...probably others which I have yet to sample.
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Post by: Tommelomsky on June 02, 2013, 09:08:29 PM
Betlehem
Byzantine
Lily

Many kinds I have not tried yet, but these three tops it.
:)
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Post by: LizaSymonenko on June 02, 2013, 09:11:08 PM

Ooooo....I'll bet Lily smells wonderful!

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Post by: Tommelomsky on June 02, 2013, 09:14:49 PM
Lily smells really great.
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Post by: LizaSymonenko on June 02, 2013, 09:27:53 PM

....need to find some, now!  :D
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Post by: Orthodox11 on June 03, 2013, 03:16:10 PM
We burn sage or dried western red cedar.

I love sage. But why not frankinsence?

Why not a traditional Orthodox type incense?

In Cyprus (not sure about Greece), incense is used in church, but at home most people use olive leaves, so sage and similar things are not far off.
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Post by: Punch on June 03, 2013, 03:44:56 PM
I prefer pure Frankincense from Somalia.  I also have some from Oman that I like.
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Post by: IXOYE on June 05, 2013, 01:28:38 AM
So far my favorite is Bethlehem from Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
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Post by: LBK on June 05, 2013, 01:33:07 AM

Ooooo....I'll bet Lily smells wonderful!



So does Jasmine.  :)
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Post by: Brigidsboy on June 05, 2013, 02:59:39 AM
Tsaritsa from Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
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Post by: Gunnarr on June 07, 2013, 04:26:42 AM

I am glad no one said anything illegal yet
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Post by: Avdima on February 13, 2014, 10:38:30 AM
Super Hit Nag Champa.

I need recommendations of other good smelling incense, but for the past 8 years this has been my favorite. 
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Post by: hecma925 on February 13, 2014, 10:49:51 PM
Somalian Frankincense and Amber from Holy Cross Hermitage, Wayne, WV.  Magi from Desert Father's Incense is really good (the incense cones are super convenient).
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Post by: Severian on February 13, 2014, 11:28:02 PM
I've been using lavender scented incense sticks. Are there any other scents you all recommend, maybe one that is more reminiscent of the type used in services?

EDIT: Thanks, scamandrius
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Post by: scamandrius on February 13, 2014, 11:28:43 PM
Frankincense and damascene rose.
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Post by: IoanC on February 14, 2014, 03:10:29 AM
I don't burn incense (too lazy), but I love what plants give off in the sun.
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Post by: Alpo on February 14, 2014, 03:22:03 AM
Tobacco is a pretty traditional incense in native societies actually.

Does pure tobacco smell anyhow different from pipe tobacco/cigarrettes/cigars? I've smoked additive free cigarrettes but I doubt that it is actually additive free and therefore doesn't smell the same as just plain tobacco.
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Post by: hecma925 on February 14, 2014, 11:54:22 AM
Tobacco is a pretty traditional incense in native societies actually.

Does pure tobacco smell anyhow different from pipe tobacco/cigarrettes/cigars? I've smoked additive free cigarrettes but I doubt that it is actually additive free and therefore doesn't smell the same as just plain tobacco.

It depends on the type of leaf and how much moisture is left in it after drying. 
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Post by: podkarpatska on February 14, 2014, 03:22:29 PM
I'd be remiss if I didn't put in a plug for Gloria Incense, made by the Seminary of Christ the Savior of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese in Johnstown, PA USA for many years. Each year one of the students is made responsible for blending the mix and filling orders and it supports the Seminary. Here's the link for oils, resin incense and charcoal. http://www.orthodoxgoods.com/gloriaincense.html
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Post by: Nektarios_In_E.S. on February 14, 2014, 04:45:28 PM
Bulgarian Rose

and

Damascus Rose

by Holy Transfiguration Monastery in MS
http://www.bostonmonks.com/index.php/cPath/38_110
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Post by: Eastern Mind on February 14, 2014, 05:05:57 PM
Dragon's Blood and Nag Champa.
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Post by: username! on February 15, 2014, 08:47:59 PM
I like a good frankincense. Or rose