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How To Spot Fake Incense Cones

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The incense market is a big one, and there are a lot of different brands to choose from. But as with most products, there's a trade in counterfeit versions of everything from incense sticks to cones. 


Fortunately, you can learn how to spot fake incense before buying it—and save yourself some money in the process! It can be difficult to tell if you're buying fake or real incense, but there are some clues you can look for. 


Here are six tips for identifying fake incense.

Fake incense cones will have a noticeable scent

A genuine incense cone should smell like wood, herbs, or even perfume. It is a completely different scent than that of fake incense cones, which will have a synthetic and chemical smell.


Real incense smells like a campfire and has a very distinct fragrance that you can easily recognize when you burn it. If your incense smells like chemicals it's probably fake!

Look for the ash residue fake incense leaves

Fake cones will leave a white ash residue. Real incense cones will leave darker ash, from the resin or the charcoal used to burn it.


Next, look for a smoother surface on the outside of your incense cone. Fake cones tend to have more of a glossy finish than their natural wood counterparts, which are often rougher and more porous in appearance (and feel!).

Fake incense cones burn faster than real incense cones

You can tell a fake incense cone because it burns faster than real ones. Real cones tend to burn in circles, while fake ones will burn in straight lines. 


An authentic incense cone may take around 30 minutes to an hour to completely burn, whereas fake incense will burn much faster than that. 

Look at the ingredients of your incense to see if it's authentic or fake

It’s important to be able to identify the ingredients used for your incense. If you can't find any information about where the product was made, it's likely a fake.


Check for a brand name on the package. If there isn't one, it might not be original.


Lastly, examine the packaging. Fraudulent incense will often have poor-quality paper or plastic packaging that looks like it could easily break open when handled by customers and retailers alike, while real brands will usually use sturdier materials in their products' outer casings. 


The same goes for how well they've been sealed: if they look like they could be opened without much effort (like with a child’s hands), then there’s probably something wrong with them!

Fake incense comes in packaging that's poor quality or imitates another brand

Packaging is just as important as the product itself. When it comes to incense packaging, you can look for the following:


  • Incense cones with no branding or packaging at all, just plain cardboard. If you see this, it's fake.
  • Incense cones that appear to be made of cheap plastic, which may not be recyclable and are more likely to break apart when burned. These are also likely fakes.
  • Incense cones with spelling mistakes on the label or box, such as "feil" instead of "feal," or incorrect brand names (e.g., a fake labeled as "Woods Candle Company"). These are also probably fakes!

Fake incense will be significantly cheaper in the market

If you are wondering why one incense cone is more expensive than another, it's because of the quality of the product. Real incense cones make use of only natural ingredients to produce that distinct smell and flavor. These types of cones take time to create and have a higher cost associated with them.


Fake incense is created using plastic ingredients that are impossible to burn, making them lighter than real ones. This cheaper price tag will attract many buyers who aren't aware that they're purchasing knock-offs instead of actual incense cones!


Don't be fooled by price tags when shopping for real or fake cones; always check the label first before buying anything else from a vendor besides yourself so you know exactly what kind of product you're getting into!


With all of these tips, you should be able to spot fake incense and avoid it. You can also check out our article on how to spot fake incenses for more information. Incense is a great way to get the smell of your home or workplace just right, but you don’t want to waste money on something that isn't authentic!

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