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Recipes: Summer

Summer is the energy of growth, strength and power. Summer ingredients provide vitality to an incense recipe.

You can either build your own recipes by choosing two or more aromatics from the Summer Season Ingredients list, or you can begin with one of the Summer incense recipes provided and make changes according to your tastes.

Summer Incense Ingredients

Base Notes

Middle Notes

Top Notes

Amber
Benzoin
Balsam of Tolu
Cassia
Cedarwood
Copal - Gold
Copal - White
Frankincense
Juniper Wood
Labdanum
Myrrh
Opoponax
Sage - Desert
Sage - White
Sandalwood
Tolu Balsam
Valerian Root
Vanilla
Basil
Calamus
Catnip
Chamomile
Cinnamon
Clove
Galangal
Ginger
Hyssop
Juniper Berries
Juniper Tips
Lavender
Mugwort
Palo Santo
Rose
Saffron
Sweetgrass
Turmeric
Eucalyptus
Marjoram
Nutmeg
Rosemary
Thyme

Top notes are the first aromas we smell. They're often lighter, sweeter and spicier and diffuse into the air very quickly. Middle notes (heart notes) diffuse into the air more slowly. They give body and fullness to a recipe. Base notes are the longest lasting scents and most "fixed" of all. Most Base note ingredients are also fixatives' meaning they combine or "fixate" all the ingredients together as one.

In most cases, at least one base note ingredient is recommended in a recipe. Combining multiple top, middle and base notes will create an aroma with much more depth and body. There are no hard and fast rules though so have fun experimenting with each group to see what suits you.


You can also blend Summer ingredients with ingredients of other properties, such as those that enhance Courage or Strength, or perhaps with a few that are known for their Healing properties, etc. The possibilities are endless and filled with fun... enjoy!
 

Summer Season Incense Recipes

Protection
4 parts Juniper Wood
2 parts Juniper Berries
1 part Galangal

Love at First Sight
6 parts Sandalwood
4 parts Rose Petals
1 part Benzoin
1 part Cassia
1 part Nutmeg
1 part Vanilla
 

Mysteries of the Inca
2 parts Palo Santo Wood
1 part Gold Copal
1 part White Copal
A "part" is any unit of measurement you wish to use, provided it's consistent throughout the entire recipe. We often use the conversion of 1 part = 1, 2, or 3 grams for small batches, and maybe 1 part = 5 to 10 grams for larger batches, etc. If you prefer, you can use powdered volume measurements with teaspoons, tablespoons and/or cups.

Once you've selected the recipe or ingredients you wish to use, you're ready to begin making your own Summer Season incense. First gather the ingredients you'll be using then click begin to get started using our step by step guides.

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