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How To Spot Fake Incense Cones

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Incense cones are a great way to experience the benefits of aromatherapy. Not only can they help you relax, but they also bring peace and calmness into your home or workspace. However, there has been an increase in fake incense cones being sold in recent years. This is because many people have become worried about the quality of their products when buying from unfamiliar brands. 


In this article, we’ll explain how you can spot fake incense cones and what you should look out for when buying them online or in stores so that you don't get duped into buying fake incense cones!

How Manufacturers Make Low-Quality Incense

You may have noticed that some of the incense cones you’ve purchased are made from cheap wood, such as bamboo. These types of wood are often used because they are inexpensive to produce and highly flammable. Bamboo is also a renewable resource, so it makes sense for manufacturers to use it in their products over other materials like maple or pine, which cannot be reused after burning them up in your home.


Bamboo can burn well and has a pleasant scent that doesn't overpower your senses like some other types of spices (like frankincense). However, this type of incense cone will give off a more earthy feel—which could suit your needs just fine!


In other cases, some manufacturers might add the incense fragrance afterward. They may spray the fake incense cones with a chemical substance or add in another unidentified substance to give it some fragrance.


There are many different materials used to make incense cones, including paper, cellulose, and bamboo sticks. The most common material for making fake incense is cellulose (wood pulp), which can be purchased at any grocery store or hardware store. 


The manufacturer may also use other materials like aluminum foil or plastic wrap; these will help to seal off any air holes that could let out smoke during the burning time.

Some manufacturers may bury the fake incense cones in sandalwood powder so that the low-quality cones appear to be sandalwood incense.

Sandalwood is expensive and hard to find, so some manufacturers may bury the fake incense cones in sandalwood powder so that the low-quality cones appear to be sandalwood incense. 


To make sure your purchase isn't a fake, look at how thickly they're packed together before buying them—the thicker they are, the more likely they'll be real!


If you do come across some suspiciously thin packing material (like shredded newspaper), it's best to avoid purchasing anything from that seller until you know for sure that what you're getting is genuine. If possible, let them know about your concerns so they can make things right by replacing items if needed. 

How to Check if your Incense is Fake

Check the Weight

If you have purchased a bag of incense cones and it feels unusually light, this could be an indication that you have purchased fake incense cones. A bag of ten incense cones should weigh at least 40 grams so if your bag feels much lighter than this, this could be a sign that they are not genuine.


You should also check the weight on the packaging in-store when purchasing your goods from an authentic shop or website.

Try Burning It

To test the quality of your incense cones, you first need to burn them in a safe place. Make sure that the area is well-ventilated and that there are no flammable materials nearby. Then, light a match or lighter and hold it over the cone for several seconds until it starts burning.


If there are any signs of smoke before you've lit up enough incense for your needs, then it isn't authentic incense.

Check the Packaging

Although it is not very easy to tell if your incense cone has been made from high-quality ingredients, you can still check the packaging to see where the company gets its supplies from and whether or not they are certified. For example, if a company sources its ingredients from Japan, China or India then this will be noted on its website. 


Similarly, look for a company that has been in business for at least five years so you can be sure that they know what they're doing. Finally, check out how sustainable harvesting techniques were used to make these products naturally without using any chemicals or harmful additives (e.g., plastic).

No aromatherapy benefits

Fragrance oils, which are the most common type of scented incense cones, are made from chemical compounds that provide a strong scent. These fragrances do not contain essential oils and other natural products. 


They cannot provide aromatherapy benefits as they do not contain essential oils or other natural products such as frankincense, myrrh, or sandalwood oil that can be used in incense blends to impart relaxation or focus benefits to your mind/body/spirit connection.


High-quality incense cones can provide aromatherapy benefits, as well as being an affordable alternative to perfumes and scented candles.

Get Authentic Cones from Incense Waterfalls

Incense cones are an affordable alternative to perfumes and scented candles. They can also provide aromatherapy benefits, as well as being a good way of clearing the air in your home. Incense cones are a great way to relax and de-stress, helping you unwind after a long day at work or school.


If you want to enjoy the benefits of incense without getting burnt, then it’s important that you look at the way your incense cones are made. You should also ensure that any incense you buy comes with a certificate of authenticity so that you can be sure it is safe for inhalation or ingestion.


With Incense Waterfalls, our backflow cones are 100% made of natural ingredients, free of chemicals, and provide the benefits of aromatherapy.