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Shelf life and storing of incense
« Thread started on: Jan 16th, 2007, 1:15pm »

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is: What is the shelf life of my incense and how should I store my incense?

First, shelf life of good quality incense can be as long as 2 – 3 years plus! The key is “good quality” and ultimately how you take care of it and store it. Keep your incense away from sunlight and heat, these two things can take away the fragrance of your incense very quickly. Your incense should NOT be stored in plastic, i.e. zip lock bags. Plastic is made from petroleum products and incense contains oils. These two products can actually absorb and mix into each other. You’ll notice that most of our incense comes in cello, wax paper or rice paper wrap. These are preferable to keep them stored in, it is NOT as important to keep them in an air tight container. A simple shoe box that you put in a cool dark place will work nicely for keeping your incense fragrance at it’s best.

Much incense such as masalas and durbars can actually get better with age (such as Nag Champa). They are a wet process and as they dry out a bit, they will change their aroma slightly. Of course, this is a personal preference for some. Sometimes these sticks can be so fresh, they are hard to burn. Simply taking them out of the box and spreading them out for a few days will help them dry so they will burn normally.

Remember, this applies to good quality incense, wood punk that is dipped in cheap oils and cutting agents will not hold their fragrance very long regardless of how you store it. They will simply smell like burning wood sticks in no time at all! Ever notice that this incense is also usually packed in plastic bags?
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Re: Shelf life and storing of incense
« Reply #1 on: Jan 17th, 2007, 06:55am »

Sage advice!
I didn't know about the ziploc thing and literally raced to the incense drawer to rescue the sticks I had imprisoned in those darn things.
I have a question. My Sugandha Shringar bulk was shipped in a plastic bag over the paper wrapper. Should I discard the bag, or keep it in, as the sticks are actually not touching the plastic?

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Re: Shelf life and storing of incense
« Reply #2 on: Jan 17th, 2007, 08:25am »

We ship bulk incense in it's original package from India, but to be sure that the paper does not break open during shipping we put it in an outer plastic bag. The plastic bag will just ensure that the paper bag stays together and as long as the incense is in the paper bag, I would not remove the plastic bag. Especially with some of the real fine cello bags, they just won't keep your sticks together. We recommend that any incense that is only supported by a plastic bag and if it will be stored for 6 months or more, to remove it and find a more suitable container for it. I would not worry about a short term storage of say 50g’s or less in plastic. And again if its paper or cello then put in plastic, it should be fine.
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Re: Shelf life and storing of incense
« Reply #3 on: Jan 24th, 2007, 6:43pm »

I normally keep my incense in the postal box that it comes in with that pretty Utah newspaper
then just keep the box closed from light.
I've had incense last a very long time with this method as well.
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Re: Shelf life and storing of incense
« Reply #4 on: Jul 30th, 2007, 6:11pm »

I dedicated an entire dresser drawer for storage here and my girlfriend keeps her every-day sticks in a big fancy bowl on a cool corner and her less-favorite packages in a wooden wine box.


I have incense that is 4-5 tears old that I still consider "fresh". Wood seems to work really nicely.

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Re: Shelf life and storing of incense
« Reply #5 on: Aug 8th, 2007, 6:18pm »

This has been one of the most helpful threads in the forum. You should make this one stick up on top.

GOOD INFORMATION!! I didn't know about ziplocks. Thank you!
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Re: Shelf life and storing of incense
« Reply #6 on: Sep 5th, 2007, 9:57pm »

i have a very small home based business that sometimes supplements my income from regular work.

Now say i buy several boxes that contain 6 packs within that box. How would you suggest i store the main boxes? I currently have most of them kept in 3 60 litre plastic crates. Over winter my flat gets almost so sunlight so moisture can become an issue which is why i want them in a pretty selaed tub. At the moment i have the boxes in my car and damn does it smell nice. It's just finished winter so not being exposed to high heat levels.
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Re: Shelf life and storing of incense
« Reply #7 on: Sep 5th, 2007, 11:10pm »

Just keep them in their original boxes, away from heat and sun. Since you have them in the original boxes and moisture sounds like it is a concern, the plastic tub should do no harm. Just don't remove the incense from the cello packages and put the bare sticks in plastic.
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Re: Shelf life and storing of incense
« Reply #8 on: Oct 13th, 2008, 10:49am »

While browsing the forum I blundered into this thread. I too, was not aware about the plastic and ziplock bags. Since I do woodworking from time to time, I had some wooden boxes I had made, just perfect for the task of storage. Some of the stick incense I received were in a plastic overwrap. Those went into the wooden boxes for storage.

Thank you once again for the wonderful information.
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Re: Shelf life and storing of incense
« Reply #9 on: Oct 16th, 2008, 2:44pm »

Cigar boxes work well for smaller bundles, too. Photostill, have you though of making custom boxes?
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Re: Shelf life and storing of incense
« Reply #10 on: Nov 11th, 2008, 03:42am »

My wife has a habit of buying shoes, (she justifies this habit by comparing it to my incense habit, so we are both okay with it. LOL)

However, the real benefit is I have many shoe boxes for incense storage.

THANKS FOR THE TIP!
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