How Much Does Incense Cost?

On average, expect to pay incense cost around $12 for seven scents and 12 sticks in each box.

Whether you’re looking for help with meditation, trying to cleanse the negative energies around you, or simply looking for a way to freshen up the scent of the house, there’s an incense scent for you. Some people are keen on burning multiple a day while others use them on an as-needed basis. The cost of incense fluctuates based on scent, style, and type of ingredients used in the incense which causes it to fluctuate between $5 to $20.

Here is your incense cost guide and all the factors that influence the price of incense.

How Much Does Incense Cost by Stick or Cone?

Incense sticks tend to be the most commonly used form of incense. In a standard incense set of 84, where you have seven scents and 12 incense per box, you come out to a cost of $0.14 per incense stick.

For incense cones, the standard set comes with around 10 scents, 12 cones per scent, comes out to around $7 total. This brings the cost of an individual incense cone to around $0.06.

The cost of incense cones is lower because they tend to burn much faster than incense sticks. Incense sticks tend to burn for around 60 to 90 minutes. Incense cones tend to burn for around 30 minutes at most.

How Much Does Incense Cost by Scent?

While your best bet is to always buy a variety pack of incense, you might want to pick out a specific scent that’s uncommon or you just really enjoy. A lot of the time, when you buy an individual scent, you end up paying more because you need to buy them in bulk. Buying in bulk may pay off if you burn incense multiple times a day.

Common prices for a 250 pack of individual scent are:

  • Nag Champa: $15
  • Lavender: $15
  • Sandalwood: $12
  • Clove: $20
  • Frankincense: $15
  • Myrrh: $15
  • Coconut: $15
  • Pine: $20
  • Cedar: $12
  • Vanilla: $15
  • Lemongrass: $12
  • Patchouli: $15
  • Ylang-ylang: $25
  • Jasmine: $15
  • Lemon: $12
  • Amber: $20
  • Cinnamon: $20
  • Bergamot: $20
  • Eucalyptus: $12
  • Ginger: $15

Incense Cost Breakdown

Beyond the incense itself, there are a few other costs you’ll need to consider. Items such as an incense burner, a way to light the incense, and the brand you use. How many times you’re burning the incense will play an impact as well.

Incense Burner

While you don’t necessarily need an incense burner, using one will make your life easier. Incense burners help catch the ash from the incense, making it easy to dispose of afterward. If you’re using an incense that uses natural ingredients, the ash may be used in your compost bin or garden soil.

You have multiple different options for incense burners. There are standard options that hold the incense stick or cone in place, which will cost around $5 to $10. For fancy ornamental or smoke waterfall options, expect to pay around $20 to $30.

Lighter or Matches

Of course, you’ll need a way to light the incense to get it burning. Unless you plan to get creative with a magnifying glass, the two easiest options are lighters and matches.

Ideally, you’ll want to use a refillable lighter rather than a disposable one. Disposable options only lead to more unnecessary waste. A reliable refillable lighter costs around $10 to $15.

You can opt for matches as well, which will cost around $6 to $10 for around 500 matches. Here at Opulent Charms, we recommend using these Decorative Matches as they come in a glass container and are perfect for setting up your metaphysical corner. They cost $17 on average.


The brand you go for will also determine the price of the incense. Common brands for incense include Satya, HEM, and Stamford.


Of course, the more you burn incense, the more you’re going to end up spending every day. You’ll want to limit how much you’re next to incense smoke though, as sitting too close and inhaling the smoke can have long-term adverse health effects.

How Much Does Incense Cost To Make Yourself?

You can make your own incense by buying unscented incense sticks or cones and use essential oils to add the scent you desire. This process takes about a day or so, so should complete this task over a weekend. Make sure to keep them out of the reach of small children and animals.

The main items you’ll need to make incense scents yourself include:

  • Essential Oils: $10 for 1 fluid ounce
  • Unscented incense sticks: $7 for 150 sticks
  • Unscented incense cones: $40 for 200 cones
  • Dipropylene glycol: $15 for an 8oz bottle
  • Household dish: $5 for a single plate
  • Glass test tube: $15 for a pack of 12
  • Bamboo test tube rack: $14 for 5 slot rack
  • Cup: $3 for one reusable cup

The household dish and glass test tube are interchangeable, depending on the method you choose. The same goes for the cup and test tube rack.

Frequently Asked Questions About Incense

Can you burn incense outside?

Yes, in fact, it’s recommended to burn incense outside. It offers more ventilation than what you get from inside. Just be sure to put out the flame or let the incense completely burn through before you leave.

How often should you burn incense?

You should burn incense on an “as-needed” basis. This applies to times when you feel like you need to cleanse the house of negative energies, create a protective aura, or when you may need help meditating or connecting with yourself spiritually.

You should aim to burn incense once a week, but this is a completely personal preference.

Where should you burn incense in the house?

You should place your incense in a well-ventilated area of the home. This helps the smoke and negative energies leave the home rather than entering your lungs. Ideally, this spot is next to a window or screened door.

You can check out our incense scent guide to learn more about the different scents and their meanings.

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