Basics of Using Backflow Incense Cones

Basics of Using Backflow Incense Cones

Over time, the form of incense we use has evolved from leaves, flowers, and resin pieces, to ground powder that is mixed and dried into different shapes. You're probably familiar with the traditional incense sticks that your grandma would always have burning in the house when you went to visit. Normally, the incense is in stick form and the smoke travels upwards. However, incense also comes in cone form, with the only difference being the burn time and aesthetic. The nice thing about incense cones is they keep their ashes nice and tidy, compared to incense sticks which drop their ashes anywhere they want.

Moving forward to our backflow incense cones and burners. Backflow incense cones send incense smoke downwards and are specifically designed to be used with backflow incense burners, such as the beautiful burners we offer in our Aromatic Waterfall collection. This is because our incense cones have a hole at the base which allows for the downward smoke effect, hence 'backflow incense cones'. When you light one of our waterfall burners, the smoke cascades down the carved waterfall like liquid, creating an evocative steam of incense, perfect for stress reduction and meditation.

To ensure that you are getting the most out of your backflow incense burner, we wanted to go over the proper lighting technique and safety tips. 

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Lighting a Backflow Incense Cone

First, light the tip of the backflow incense cone, and allow the top to get glowing hot (allow 4 - 8 seconds of burning before blowing out flame).

Next, blow out the flame and allow the fragrance to release.

Finally place the cone on top of the waterfall burner directly above the hole. It will take about 1 minute for the backflow smoke effect to start.

Additional Benefits of Burning Incense

Calm the mind and body

Soothing away tension and help with stress

Increase focus and creativity

Helps foster inner strength

It is a holistic treatment that helps with the relaxation of body and mind. The fragrant and soothing smoke flowing through the backflow incense burner will not only give you physical strength but will also help with emotional health.


Burning Incense Safety Tips

Although burning incense is a great way to relieve stress and relax, it's important to be aware of certain safety tips.  

Incense is hot when lit, so it's important to always use caution.

Keep your burner away from drapes, or any flammable objects to avoid starting a fire. 

Keep incense out of the reach of small children or pets.

Let fresh air into your environment while you're burning incense. 

Burning Incense in the same room as your pet(s)

Since dogs and cats have more sensitive noses than humans do, it's important that you have some sort of air movement in the room. If the weather is nice, you can have a window cracked. To reiterate from earlier, make sure your incense is out of reach of your pets. Pets usually don't know better, so just be sure that you don't leave any incense on the floor.


Our vanilla backflow incense cones are made with organic sandalwood and cedar as its core, further mixed with real all-natural vanilla resins & essential oils. We take pride in our incense cones and make sure all the ingredients are natural and smell just as good on the cone as when burning. Our ceramic backflow incense burners are elegantly designed and beautifully crafted, offering you a zen, peaceful and relaxing aromatherapy experience. Our Aromatic Waterfall Burners are best suited for use with backflow incense cones & incense sticks, so if you aren’t comfortable with backflow incense cones just yet then you can still burn the traditional incense sticks instead!

For more info on our backflow incense burners and cones, see our blog section. 

In the meantime, shop our large collection of beautiful ceramic incense burners by clicking the link below!

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