I know orthodox incense is usually white or clear.
But lately I have seen different colours, even bright pink and black.
Can they be used as well?
Edited by Angie, 31 January 2015 - 10:50 AM.
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Posted 31 January 2015 - 03:44 PM
Athonite incense is indeed black - and it is some of the best that is available (and certainly not cheap!). I use it for special occasions and great feasts. I think it has to do with the method of preparation in which there is some heating and "cooking" involved (I don't know the process so can't be more exact) thereby darkening the oils used. In texture and character it is unlike most of the incense that is available which is simply ground frankincense mixed with fragrant oils to create a paste which is then shaped, cut, allowed to harden and dusted with ceramic powder to keep it from sticking.
Fr David Moser
Posted 01 February 2015 - 04:08 AM
Thank you everyone.
Yes, I have seen the black one, but now Father has explained it, I now know.
The one I have bought is hot pink, the flour bit, but I am not sure, as it does not smell authentic. They are also very very small. Olga, I got it from a deli.
Edited by Angie, 01 February 2015 - 04:12 AM.
Posted 02 February 2015 - 12:33 AM
No its not the rose one. I know the rose one is a lighter pink. I wont be using it anymore, I think I will stick to the Monastic ones.
Could someone recommend a place to buy some authentic Incense?
Edited by Angie, 02 February 2015 - 12:35 AM.
Posted 04 February 2015 - 05:01 PM
Yes. If I am not mistaken, the "flour" is clay powder. Its purpose is to keep the frankincense resin from clumping and sticking together, due to humidity and heat. I don't think it relates to the incense being "genuine" or even much affects the scent.
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