Yogists & Vegans: Are Your Incense Sticks Safe to Burn? The Ugly Truth About Toxic Chemicals and Additives in many Incenses

By Camila Plumey, JAN 23,2023

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Incense burning is an ancient practice that has been around for centuries. In many cultures, it's seen as a sacred and spiritual act, used to purify and bless spaces, enhance meditation and yoga practices, and promote relaxation and inner peace. However, not all incense products are created equal. The quality of ingredients, sourcing, processing, and environmental factors can all play a significant role in the safety and efficacy of incense products.

Bad storage

First, about the processing of the incense, It's worth noting that the quality of the incense wood itself can be compromised if it's not stored or processed properly. Many people may dry the wood for incense by leaving it outside, where it can be exposed to a range of pollutants and contaminants, including dust, animal feces, and other environmental toxins. This can not only affect the scent and quality of the incense but can also be harmful to your health when burned. 

Bad material

The problem with low-priced incense cones on the market is that they are often mixed with numerous toxic chemicals and additives. These chemicals can be harmful to your health and the health of those around you, especially when used regularly. To increase profits, producers may add odorants and colorants to the wood (including cedar, pine, apple, fir, and many other types of fragrant wood used to made incense). When burned, these chemicals can be released into the air, posing serious risks to your health.

Many types of fragrant wood that are often impregnated with chemicals will have the phenomenon of being rolled up due to being impregnated with H3PO4, a strong acid. This can cause the wood to release P2O5 and NO2, both of which are harmful to your health. Additionally, the flavors and colors that are often added to incense cones, such as Toluene and Benzene, are known carcinogens and can cause respiratory inflammation.

chemicals are not natural, especially when they're burnt

The danger of these harmful chemicals is often underestimated, as many people assume that burning incense is a safe and natural practice. However, studies have shown that badly-sourced incense smoke can contain high levels of particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and other harmful chemicals, which can lead to a range of health problems, including lung cancer and heart disease.

the scents you inhale may not be from the woods, but, sadly, from the chemicals

In fact, many of the scents that people associate with incense burning may not come from the natural wood itself, but rather from the chemicals and additives that have been mixed in. These artificial scents can be especially harmful when burned, as they can release dangerous chemicals into the air, leading to serious health risks.

That's why it's important to choose genuine, high-quality incense products that are free from harmful chemicals and additives. Don't be tempted by cheap, unknown products on the market, as they may contain hidden dangers that can have serious consequences for your health. Instead, look for incense products that are sourced from reputable suppliers, produced in safe and controlled environments, and carefully processed to ensure that they are safe to burn.


Animal by-products have been used in the production of incense for centuries. Unfortunately, some of these by-products are obtained in ways that are not ethical or sustainable. For example, beaver anal gland secretions (castoreum), deer musk, civet, and even lion dung have been used to create incense.

The process of obtaining these by-products often involves capturing and confining animals in cages or other small enclosures. This practice is not only cruel to the animals but can also be detrimental to their health and well-being. Additionally, the use of animal by-products in incense can be problematic for those who adhere to vegan or vegetarian lifestyles.


Enter Zen Garden Incense, a brand committed to providing the highest quality incense products that are safe, pure, and effective. Our incense sticks are carefully crafted using the perfect blend of sourcing, environment, and processing techniques, resulting in a product that is not only beautiful to smell but also safe to burn.

Vegan-friendly: At Zen Garden, we believe in creating products that are both ethical and sustainable. That's why all of our incense is 100% vegan-friendly and free from any animal by-products. We use only natural ingredients that are safe and healthy for you and the environment. With Zen Garden incense, you can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy without compromising your principles.

Sourcing: At Zen Garden, we understand that the quality of our incense begins with the quality of our ingredients. That's why we only use the finest natural ingredients, sourced from the best suppliers around the world. Our ingredients include a range of herbs, spices, and resins, all of which are sustainably harvested, and free from harmful chemicals or additives.

Environment: We believe that the environment in which our incense is made is just as important as the ingredients themselves. Our incense sticks are made in a clean and controlled environment, using state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that every stick is of the highest quality. Our facility is also environmentally friendly, with a focus on reducing waste and using sustainable practices.

Processing: Our incense sticks are processed using a combination of traditional and modern techniques, ensuring that the final product is safe to burn and produces a consistent and long-lasting fragrance. Our incense sticks are hand-rolled and allowed to dry naturally, giving them a unique texture and appearance.

Zen Garden Incense is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a safe, high-quality incense product. Whether you're using our incense for meditation, relaxation, or simply to freshen up your space, you can be confident that you're getting the best product on the market.

Zen Garden Incense is a brand committed to providing the highest quality incense products that are safe, pure, and effective. With our perfect blend of sourcing, environment, and processing techniques, we guarantee that our incense sticks will provide a beautiful aroma that will uplift your senses and enhance your wellbeing. 


✅ Safe to Burn: Our incense products are carefully sourced, processed, and tested to ensure that they are free from harmful chemicals and safe to burn.

✅ High-Quality Ingredients: We use only the highest quality natural ingredients, such as pure herbs, resins, and essential oils, to create our incense products.

✅ Aromatherapy Benefits: Our incense products are made with essential oils and natural fragrances that can promote relaxation, calmness, and inner peace.

✅ Meditation Aid: Many people use incense as a tool to enhance their meditation practices, as the scents can help to create a peaceful and calming atmosphere.

✅ Cleansing and Purifying: Burning incense can help to cleanse and purify the air in your home or workspace, removing negative energy and promoting positive vibes.

✅ Enhance Spiritual Practices: Many cultures use incense as a sacred and spiritual tool, helping to connect with higher realms and deepen their spiritual practices.

✅ Enhance Yoga Practices: Burning incense during yoga practices can help to create a relaxing and calming atmosphere, promoting deeper stretches and breathing.

✅ Beautiful Fragrances: Our incense products come in a variety of natural fragrances, each with its own unique scent profile and benefits.

✅ Sustainable and Ethical: We are committed to using sustainable and ethical practices in all aspects of our business, from sourcing to packaging.

✅ Support Small Business: By choosing to buy our incense products, you are supporting a small business that is dedicated to providing high-quality, natural products and exceptional customer service.


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This product is used along with sage smudging my home to eliminate smells and odors from cooking

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Must have!  - EMILY V.

I really like this incense. My initial pack had a bit too much "flowery" scents and couldn't used a bit more variety, but I'll see if my next variety pack is a bit different. Sticks last a long time and smell great. I'm not sure what all the scents are as it appears the labels are in Hindi. I will definitely order this again.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ These are super nice. - SARAH G.

Nice incense sticks, and they burn properly, too, unlike some other brands I’ve tried. Many interesting and delightful varieties of scent also.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great variety for a great price - SARAH G.

All boxes are different, and they all smell great. In comparison to other brands, these sticks might not last long, but it defines holds the best smell.


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