Sonoran Desert Spiral Incense, Box of 10

Large spirals of incense were once hung above temple ceilings so that monks could light intense aromas to aid in meditation and prayer. The spiral shape condenses what would be a long stick of incense into a compact coil for a burning time of approximately 2 hours, much longer than ordinary incense sticks or cones. The Sonoran Desert incense series takes inspiration from the North American landscape, combining an ancient Eastern tradition with an unequivocally American character. Each box contains 10 spirals for a collective 20 hours of sensory aroma.

Ocotillo Bloom:
Inspired by the desert plant native to the Sonoran Desert, this fragrance is a fresh, soft scent with herbal notes of woodsy balsam.

Spring Arroyo: Named after the dry creeks of the Sonoran Desert, this fragrance contains floral notes with verdant bergamot.

Ironwood Thorn: The sturdy ironwood tree is indigenous to the Sonoran Desert. Bright notes of oud and tobacco balance out this warm, soothing scent.

About Tennen
Founded in 2001 by Ethan Wessel and Sarah Swartz Wessel, Tennen is a multidisciplinary architectural firm based in Phoenix, USA. Their Sonoran Desert incense collection is part of a collaboration with Kyoto incense makers, and was influenced by the constant and soothing presence of Japanese incense around the Tennen Studio offices. From buildings to aromas, Tennen’s design projects pursue aesthetic simplicity inspired by the culture and design sensibilities of Japan - honesty of materials, minimalism, and the changing seasons.

Quantity: 10 spirals.
Burning Time: Approximately 120 minutes each.
Care:  Light the tip of the incense and blow out the flame immediately. Keep in a dry place.
Kyoto, Japan




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