Around the world, incense is burned to commemorate people and events, to give thanks, to worship, to celebrate joyous occasions, and to purify the air. Watching the glowing incense sticks and their gentle whorls of smoke, and inhaling the luscious aromas of the heated resins and fragrant oils evokes memory, far-away places and ancient rituals. The 'art of incense' combines the ceremonial with the sensual, contemplation with languor.
Terre D'Oc, based in Provence, produces incense sticks and cones in subtle floral, spice and wood aromas. They also manufacture room sprays, fragrant oils, and a wide variety of scented products: fans, vacuum "pearls", and even pencils — may I suggest these as a means of indoctrinating a child into a life of scent addiction? Terre d’Oc’s incense sticks (20 sticks for approx. $10) burn for 40-50 minutes and are not too smoky or powerfully fragranced for even small rooms.
In Terre d’Oc’s Essence of Color Collection there are 24 scents to choose from. I can recommend Orange Blossom (true to the flower, heady, intense), Sun Rose (a "beachy" rose, with a slight whiff of sea and hot sand), Amber (a refined, clean-smelling amber, slightly dusty/powdery, not musky or too sweet) and Lavender (a refreshing blend of lavender’s herbal and floral qualities). Terre d’Oc’s incense leaves the air pleasantly scented, and you will not walk into the house after burning the incense and wonder: "Who's been smoking cigarettes?", as sometimes happens with rougher/cheaper blends of incense.