How to Make Incense Sticks with Fragrance Oils

  • By: Carl
  • Time to read: 5 min.

Making incense sticks with fragrance oils is a fun and easy way to add a touch of scent to any room. You can use any type of essential oil or fragrance oil in this project, so choose your favorite scent and get started!

How To Make Incense Sticks With Fragrance Oils

Step 1: Gather your ingredients and materials

What You’ll Need

  • 20pcs of 11″ incense sticks
  • 6 ml of your preferred high-quality fragrance oils.
  • 12 ml of Dipropylene Glycol or Refresher Oil Base
  • A piece of a glass tube (preferably 25x250mm and 10 inches tall)
  • 2 Disposable Pipettes
  • Some holder to keep your test tube upright
  • Permanent marker (this is optional, but it really helps)
  • Drying rack

Step 2: Start with a fresh test tube

Let’s begin with a dry and clean test tube. Through the pipette, pour 12ml of your Refresher Oil Base into it until it is wholly added – the right measurement is a must.

If your pipettes can only hold 3ml at a time, simply add till you hit 12ml. After that, you may use a permanent marker to label the test tube so that you don’t need to check it once the containers are used afterward.

Step 3: Adding the scent

After accomplishing the first step, you can go on and choose the fragrance oil of your choice. Ensure that the fragrance oils you choose is something you will never get sick of.

Measure the fragrance oils using a pipette to get exactly 6ml, then add it to your refresher oil base. You can use a 50/50 blend to have a splendid tester. As you may know, there are some fragrances that only require a 25/75 mix.

Step 4: Mix. Mix. Mix.

At this point comes the significant part. Mixing the oils together is a therapeutic experience. Though, of course, you can just put your thumb and mix the oils together gently.

Yes, gently, don’t mix it as if you’re bartending. You may also notice that some types of fragrance oils sink or float. Please remember that it is normal, and it’s just because of the density.

Step 5: Dip into the oil.

Now that your mixture is perfectly blended, it’s time to put your incense sticks! Grab your incense sticks and soak them into the mixture inside the glass tube.

You may notice that only the first quarter is covered after soaking it, and you may feel worried about it not getting the equal dip. Don’t worry. After a few days, you’ll notice the incense stick soaked up. Trust the process.

Step 6: Three Days of Waiting

The soaking process of incense sticks can’t be accelerated, but three days maximum is not actually a very long time. Just simply wait for the magic to come because it will all be worth it.

In the meantime, find a good spot where you can place the tubes. As long as the tube is put upright, the setup won’t matter. You can also use other types of tubes that can stand upright.

Step 7: Drying Time!

After the waiting duration, you may notice that the incense sticks are still not completely soaked. This is normal. Just give them more time to get soaked. Once it’s done, you can finally dry it out.

You have to remove all the sticks out of the tube and put them in a dry area or rack. Naturally, the drying period will also take time, so you need to wait. To check if it is completely dry, you can use a paper towel and wipe it to see if residues are visible.

Step 8: Packing

At last, the long wait is over! Your incense sticks are entirely dried up and can be packed. You should think of getting a sealed plastic or container to bag your incense sticks and sustain the fragrance.

If you’re doing this as a business, feel free to be creative in putting logos and instruction labels. And after that, you’re all set!

Pros and Cons of Making Incense Sticks with Fragrance Oils

Pros of making incense sticks:

  • You are making a rare piece of great incense sticks. That means that your product will become apparent to other people’s impression of you.
  • The fragrance itself is an advantage for the fact that it blends well with the natural wood and material of an incense stick.

Cons of making incense sticks:

  • Not because you like the smell means that others will like it too. If you’re doing this project for yourself only, it doesn’t matter, but if it’s for a business, a customer’s insight will matter.

You can get errors in the making process. Yes. That’s normal because it might be for your first time. For the most part, just keep the measurements as exact as possible.

Benefits of Making Homemade Incense Sticks

Here are some of the benefits of making homemade incense sticks with fragrance oils.

  • You can create any scent you like
  • You can customize the scent to your preference
  • The incense sticks are made of high quality and will last long
  • You can make a large or small batch, depending on your needs
  • It’s a fun project to do with friends or family!
  • The incense sticks are affordable to make
  • You can give the incense sticks as gifts or sell them for a profit!
  • The incense sticks are made with natural ingredients and are safe to use
  • The incense sticks have a beautiful, natural look to them

Making incense sticks with fragrance oils is a fun and easy project that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Not only are the incense sticks made with high-quality materials and ingredients, but they also have a beautiful natural look to them.

Plus, the scent of the incense sticks can be customized to your preference, making them the perfect addition to any room in your home. If you’re looking for a fun and unique project to do with friends or family, then be sure to try making incense sticks with fragrance oils!

Frequently Asked Questions

All about Making Incense Sticks with Fragrance Oils

How long will the incense sticks last?

This would depend on how much incense is used each time. A general estimate would be around 30 minutes to an hour.

Can I use other types of fragrance oils?

Yes, you can use other types of fragrance oils, but it is important that you mix it with a refresher oil base so that the incense sticks will not combust.

What should I do if the incense stick isn’t getting enough dip?

You may give it more time to soak up or try a different type of incense stick.

Can I set up the incense sticks differently?

Yes, you can set up the incense sticks differently, but it is important that the incense stick is upright so that it can get soaked up properly.

How do I know when the incense sticks are completely dry?

You can check if the incense sticks are completely dry by wiping it with a paper towel. If there are any residues, then it is not yet dry.


In conclusion, making incense sticks with fragrance oils is a long but rewarding process. Not only will you have created a unique incense stick, but you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you did it yourself.

Just make sure to carefully follow the steps and be patient while waiting for the incense sticks to get soaked up.

Have fun!

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