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I am looking to start making my own incense and I am not sure how to start I have looked online and on youtube and found a good video but where I'm unsure at what base(binds the incense together) to use like it would be a simple base that doesn't really need a whole lot of work or many unnecessary steps just to get one cone/stick of incense and I would like to know what bases are for sale on here I heard makko was the best one but I would like the personal opinions of those who actually make incense. Any help that can be given is much appreciated.
I make my own incenses but I prefer to work with loose incense rather than trying to make cones or sticks. To me loose incenses are "purer" as they don't require any ingredients that don't have a magical purpose in the compound.
Scott Cunningham, in his book "Incense, Oils, and Brews" does give a very good description of making formed incense, either stick or cone, on pages 49-53. He suggests using either gum traganth or mucilage. And he notes that gum traganth is fairly expensive but a little goes a long way.
More sites for supplies and/or information or inspiration.
See www.alchemy-works.com/ and www.mountainroseherbs.com/
and www.scents-of-earth.com/ and www.baldwins.co.uk/
The older herbs/plants of lavender , mugwort the woody stems can be used in incense blends.