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Burn for you — set the mood wherever you go with these 9 incense labels

Rituals; we love them, we cling to them and without their grounding presence we'd be lost. Whether it's to begin a yoga session or to cleanse a space, incense has long held a place among our daily rituals. It's not often that you come across something where the experience of said thing grows even after the moment has passed. Once our incense sticks have been consumed by flame and all that remains is ash, what lingers is a heady scent; absorbed by our furniture, easing our mind and preparing us for what lies ahead. So whether you prefer your incense clean and crisp like those from Japan or delight in being wrapped up in the potent blanket of those from India, we've rounded up our favourite incense brands for you to enjoy.

Open the windows, lay down a record and usher a new scent into your home with these nine incense labels.

 

Ayu

 

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Firmly rooted in Ayurveda, Ayu offers five individual scents grounded in classic ingredients like patchouli, sandalwood and frankincense. Take comfort in that all Ayu's incense is fair trade and handmade in India.

 

Kuumba International

 

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Japanese label Kuumba is something of a renaissance-type figure in the world of incense; meaning they do it all. Truly! There are hundreds of different olfactory experiences to pick and all with names like Obama, Crunk Juice and Pink Pussy; sending us spiralling wondering what on earth Patti LaBelle smells like... All their incense is crafted from natural oils and essences and they contain almost no carbon. You can decide between varying lengths, each with a different burning time; so if you haven't already, light her up!

 

Bau Bau by Suku Home

 

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With the ceremonial burning of incense in Bali in mind, it seems fitting that Suku home's incense line is crafted by Balinese artisans. Each scent is redolent of a different theme; with Smoko Memories, Fresh Sheets and Nostalgia among the pastel-hued lineup.

 

Astier De Villatte

 

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A favourite of Jonah Hill's and by no association whatsoever, that means it's ours too. The French homewares brand will transport you to different destinations around the world; providing sensory cues for cities like Tuscon, Stockholm and Aoyama. Each scent is hand made in Japan.

 

Satya

 

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A household brand loved for both its quality and affordability. Turn to Satya for all your Nag Champa needs. Crafted in India, a country where scent is inextricably linked to all of life's daily rituals, all of Satya's incense are hand-rolled, a style favoured over the 'dipping' technique for being longer-lasting and less harmful to the body.

 

Maison Balzac

 

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Australians are fiercely loyal to their local homewares label, Maison Balzac, and for good reason. Everything the brand touches is considered, visually arresting and boy, do they smell good (even the glassware). Their incense range is no different; Maison Balzac draws on elements of the natural world and more abstract concepts, reimagining their scent for our homes.

 

Corey Ashford

 

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After spending half a decade as Dinosaur Designs' Head of Retail and Visual Merchandising Corey Ashford decided it was time to venture out on his own into the world of luxury lifestyle. Based in Melbourne, he works with one of the world's oldest incense ateliers in Japan to bring four different high quality incense scents to our eager noses. He also creates beautiful brass holders shaped from Sydney Rock oysters to nestle your incense of choice into.

Fornasetti

 

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The Rolls Royce of the incense realm. Each Fornasetti scent is handmade in Japan and comes nestled in a decorative box; crafted from wood with a ceramic lid that doubles as an incense holder. Fill your four walls with Fornasetti's interpretation of a kiss or Bacio as it's called in Italy, but only if you're willing to take on a steep price.

 

Studio The Blue Boy

Is there anything more soothing to the senses than clean Japanese design and truly unique fragrances? Japanese homewares studio, The Blue Boy, has this combo in droves; and who could refuse the dreamy scenes titles like Harvest Moon, Golden Hour and Earth Tones conjure? Especially when our nose is more than willing to play along.

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