How to Store Incense

How to store incense

Nothing can be more disheartening than eagerly reaching for your cherished pack of incense sticks, only to find them dried and devoid of their once potent aroma. You see, while some incense sticks are crafted with natural, raw compounds that show higher resistance to degradation, a significant number are also drenched in fragrance oils, which are more prone to drying out and losing their aroma.

There are some types of incense that you will even find smell better with age, but of course, this is the exception, rather than the rule.

Choose the Right Container

Selecting the appropriate container for your incense sticks is crucial in ensuring their longevity. Opt for airtight containers made from non-reactive materials such as glass, ceramic, or metal. Avoid using plastic containers, as they can sometimes emit odors that could affect the fragrance of your incense.

Japanese paulownia boxes make an excellent choice, but it is advisable to steer clear of boxes made from strongly scented woods. The unique attribute of paulownia boxes is their ability to swell and become airtight during humid conditions. This protects the incense from moisture and helps prevent degradation.

Keep Incense Sticks Dry

Humidity can significantly affect the quality of incense sticks. Ensure that your incense storage container is moisture-resistant and stored in a dry place. If you live in a humid climate, consider using a small packet of silica gel inside the container to absorb any excess moisture.

Incense that contains less volatile oils are less prone to degradation and will likely last quite a while longer.

Incense generally does not handle refrigeration well because it can introduce moisture to the incense.

Protect from Sunlight and Heat

Exposure to direct sunlight and high temperatures can result in incense sticks losing their aromatic potency.

For optimal preservation, store your incense in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight, such as a drawer or cupboard.

Furthermore, avoid storing incense sticks near heat sources like radiators, stoves, or heaters, as these could expedite degradation.

Store Incense Sticks Separately

Different incense fragrances can mingle if stored together, compromising their unique scents. Keep different types of incense sticks separated in individual containers or compartments within the same container. This will help preserve their distinct aromas.

The Shelf Life of Incense

The shelf life of your incense would depend on the quality and type of incense you have.

In general, cheaper varieties of incense may noticeably degrade in quality after just two to three years, while some varieties of more premium quality incense can retain its potency and fragrance for many years, provided it is stored correctly.

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