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#1 Angie

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 10:46 AM

Hi

 

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?

 

Thankyou


Edited by Angie, 31 January 2015 - 10:50 AM.


#2 Olga

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 10:55 AM

Of course they can.



#3 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 11:22 AM

The colour may reflect the material used, so incense made using a rose essence will be pinkish in hue. I'm not sure I'd want to use black incense and can't think what it is made from.



#4 Olga

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 12:07 PM

Some of the Greek and Athonite incenses I've seen are a very dark brown, almost black. The dark colour would be because of the type of oil used to give the incense its perfume. Some essential oils can be quite dark.



#5 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 12:14 PM

Yes, I have seen dark brown though not black.



#6 Olga

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 12:24 PM

Some incense also darkens with age. Perhaps the "black" incense that Angie mentioned may have been a brown one which darkened further with time.



#7 Father David Moser

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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.

 

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#8 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 03:53 PM

That explains it - haven't ever seen Athonite incense.



#9 Angie

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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.


#10 Olga

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 06:15 AM

Pink incense is probably rose-scented. As for authenticity, I'm not sure what you mean. :huh:



#11 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 09:03 AM

I wonder if Angie means not of Orthodox make! Thankfully, the monastery here makes excellent incense, mostly of rose and cypress fragrances.



#12 Angie

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 12:33 AM

Hi

 

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?

 

Thanks


Edited by Angie, 02 February 2015 - 12:35 AM.


#13 Olga

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 02:37 AM

No its not the rose one.  I know the rose one is  a lighter pink.

 

The intensity of the colour of rose incense varies from pale to deep. The colour can vary between manufacturers, and even in batches from the same maker.



#14 Angie

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 12:27 AM

Okay, thankyou Olga.



#15 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 08:22 AM

The rose incense made at our monastery here is a sort of cerise hue whilst the cypess is beige. I tend to use the rose most of the time and the cypress during Lenten periods.



#16 Seraphim of the Midwest

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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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