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⚠️ Please do not leave candle, oil, or incense burning unattended.

⚠️ Keep candle, oil, and incense out of the reach of small children and pets.

⚠️ Always burn on a heat resistant surface.

⚠️ Do not touch or move oil, or incense or candle with visible (liquid) hot wax.

⚠️ Keep burning candles, oils, or lit incense away from drafts, vents, and ceiling fans to minimize smoking or a wick blowing out causing the candle to burn unevenly.

⚠️ Make sure candle, oil, or incense are completely extinguished and the wick no longer glows before leaving the room.

❗️NOTE: Our incense sticks are to be burned in the upright, hanging, or slanted position where possible, exposed to normal air flow.

Incense box holders that incase the incense (such as the one pictured below) may restrict air flow to the incense stick and cause it to stop burning, or potentially catch fire.

An incense stick's burn time primarily depends on the quality and materials used in its manufacturing. The average incense stick usually takes around 20 to 40 minutes to burn through to its end. House of BLK's Artisanal Incense Sticks however burn for over 60 minutes. (Often 90 to 100 minutes in ideal conditions with no direct air blowing on it to speed top the burn, and when they are freshest.) House of BLK's Premium incense sticks clock in at around 45 minutes to 60 minutes burn time. Our scents last long after then incense burns out unlike many competitors. NOTE: Our incense sticks are to be burned in the upright, hanging, or slanted position where possible, exposed to normal air flow. Incense box holders that incase the incense (such as the one pictured below) may restrict air flow to the incense stick and cause it to stop burning, or potentially catch fire.

On occasion, you might not want to burn an entire incense stick. For example, maybe your reading time has been cut short, or perhaps you have limited time for your yoga session that day. If you do not want to burn the entire stick, here are a few different methods you can use to put out your incense stick. Here are some of them:

✅ You can use a pair of good metal scissors to cut off a bit of the tip that you have to light. Drop the bit of the lit stick that you cut off onto a fireproof surface. Make sure that it is not flammable. Please wait for the bit to completely burn away and calm, then clean it out.

✅ You can run the lit end of the incense stick directly under some running water or dip the end into a cup of water. The stick will not burn anymore, and the fragrance should also be gone.

✅ Another way is to lick your thumb and forefinger and pinch the lit end of the stick a few times. Doing this should put out the incense stick.

✅ You can put out your incense stick by pressing the lit end onto a heat-resistant surface with enough pressure that the end breaks off. Let the bit cool off before throwing it away.

Incense can be made from a variety of different ingredients; it all depends on the technique or tradition of the maker. Some incense is made by dipping pre-made sticks into fragrance oils, some incense is made by blending plant-based materials with gums, water or other liquids before forming into sticks, cones or pellets. At house of BLK, our incense I made both ways. Our Artisanal Incense Sticks are blends of resins, herbs and oils. Our Premium incense blends are charcoal sticks dipped in our special oil bends.

Many different cultures use incense for different reasons such as prayer, meditation, cleansing a space, ritual or ceremony, for relaxation and/or aromatic purposes but it depends on what you prefer! Each of the House of BLK blends is designed with a specific intention in mind and they can be found in the descriptions of each product. While the artisan has designed them with purpose and intent you can feel free to utilize these long burning incense sticks however you see fit.

There are so many benefits that come with using incense sticks. First, they can promote overall mental and physical well-being. Their most prominent benefit is the fantastic fragrances from burning incense sticks. These scents can mask other foul odours, thus improving the surroundings. In addition, some kinds of incense are known to induce a night of deep and relaxing sleep. Burning incense sticks can also help to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. They also aid in meditation and praying since they boost focus, concentration and motivation. In addition, aromatherapy employs specific incense sticks known for their benefits in improving symptoms of specific psychological and physical ailments.

VOCs are compounds that are composed primarily of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen that can evaporate into the air. In addition to its evaporation capability, you can identify VOCs by your ability to smell them. Therefore, nearly all fragrance ingredients in a candle, incense or diffuser oils are VOCs.

Not all VOCs are bad, unlike what you may have heard on the news. Every time you walk into a botanical garden or a forest, you are surrounded by VOCs from the plants. Many fragrance ingredients in our fragrance products are identical to VOCs in nature. Other fragrance ingredients do not exist in nature, but are instead made in a laboratory.

A fragrance’s safety level is not dependent on whether it comes from nature or a lab. It is also contingent on the concentration of the specific VOC in the air. To ensure fragrances (VOCs) from our products are safe, fragrance formulas are reviewed against the safety standards established by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA). Each ingredient in the fragrance and the finished product is required to meet the specifications set down by IFRA to be compliant with the standard. If the fragrance and product meet the standard, then the fragrance VOCs in that particular product are considered safe for human use.

The federal government, along with California and several other states, have established VOC regulations for consumer products such as candles and air fresheners. They limit the concentration of VOCs in these and many other consumer products. These regulations have a very specific definition of what they consider a VOC. VOCs that do not evaporate easily are not considered VOCs under these regulations, but they are still volatile compounds. These VOC limits on consumer products are not based on any health concerns about the VOCs themselves. Instead, the limits exist to minimize the interaction between VOCs and other chemicals in our atmosphere.

For more information on VOCs and Regulations, you can visit The International Fragrance Association's website here.

Clinical trials have not proved any actual health risks related to burning incense. Especially when your incense sticks are organic and made of all-natural materials such as the ones created here at House of BLK. Since most incense sticks do not cause apparent harm, they are considered safe for burning indoors and outdoors. However, some studies have shown a direct link between increased asthma symptoms and excessive incense usage. The reason can be certain carcinogens or some irritants present in the smoke that rises from burning these wooden sticks. For this reason, excessive use of incense sticks for a long duration, especially indoors, is not recommended by experts to people already prone to respiratory disorders.

Always use incense sticks around children and pets with caution to avoid accidents. Also, always keep burning incense in a spot away from the reach of your children and pets. Burn your incense in a room or space that has proper ventilation so that no one feels overwhelmed by the smoke emitted from the incense. Another good idea is to keep a window slightly open, just if the scent becomes too much. Finally, remember that some animals’ noses and lungs are much more sensitive than ours. If you feel your pet is irritated, it might be better to light your incense when they are not in the room. Always check with your physician or vet for expert advice.

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