Let’s talk aromatherapy today. Stick incense is based on the method of incense making from thousands of years ago. On the other hand, backflow incense is the scientific incense burner that makes magical shapes with the smoke. We say backflow incense is the best because we have decades of experience cleaning the ash of the stick incense and many more things. Is it really the best? Find out the REAL truth!

Stick Incense Vs Backflow Incense

Let’s find out which is a better incense, stick or backflow incense? We will analyze the pros and cons of each incense variety to find out which is the better one.

What is Stick Incense?

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Stick incense is made by applying a thin layer of incense paste that contains the essence of flowers are applied on a bamboo stick.

Pros and Cons of Incense Sticks

  1. PRO: Can use anywhere

You can use stick incense anywhere in the room even without a stick holder. Just plug into any hole and you’re done!

CON:  Creates a lot of dust and ash

However, you will run out of ways to catch the ash falling from a stick incense.

  • PRO: Portable Size

Stick incense can be stored in your handbag to purses or even on your travel. You can take stick incense anywhere, even outdoors.

CON: Stays for a very short time

However, the stick incense will not burn a long time because of the thin layer of incense on it. You need a block of incense to diffuse tot all the parts of your room.

  • PRO: Cheaper than Backflow Incense

Another advantage of stick incense is that it costs less to buy, compared to backflow incense.

CON:  Breaks easily

Although, the stick incense breaks easily and it is a mess to light them up again. In Hindu culture, bamboo is burnt only during the funeral. Hence, dhoop sticks or incense cones are considered better than bamboo incense sticks.  

What is Backflow Incense?

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When an incense cone is made with a hole at its bottom, the backflow incense burner can suck the smoke through the hole into the shape of the burner. As you can see from the pictures, it is a beautiful shape that adds to interior décor.

Pros and Cons of Backflow Incense

  1. PRO: Beautiful to Look At

Yes, the backflow incense burner makes the smoke dance. That’s why it is a great piece of décor.

CON: Expensive than Stick Incense

While you can get a stick incense for a few dollars, backflow incense burner costs higher, same as the incense cones.

  • PRO: Manages Smoke and Ash

You don’t have to worry about the falling ash like with the case of the stick incense.

CON: Needs maintenance

You need to clean the backflow incense burner every once in a while. Backflow incense makes manageable ash.

  • PRO: Long Lasting fragrance

The fragrance of backflow incense stays for longer hours. You can leave it on for a few hours for seeing the magic of smoke.


Learn more about the health benefits of backflow incense in this detailed blog post. Combine aromatherapy of incense with your zodiac stones to make the best of the energy.

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