Introducing The Daily Range Incense by Trunk Design


Nothing brings clarity and tranquillity quite like the powerful practice of burning incense. There’s something so wonderfully calming about the lingering scent that it leaves in the air, on your clothes and hair, along with its ability to soothe your thoughts and increase mental focus

Now, you can make incense burning a part of your daily routine with the introduction of our new Japanese Daily Incense range by Trunk Design. Before we delve into all the incredible new scents, let’s first take a closer look at the rich history of incense and what sets Japanese incense apart from its counterparts… 


A Brief History of Incense 

The name incense is derived from the Latin word “to burn”. Appreciated in many cultures around the world for its aromatic properties, burning incense has been an important ritual since ancient times. 

Believed to have originated in Egypt in the time of the Old Kingdom, incense was once used for fumigating tombs, as well as being used with ceremonies, rituals and spiritual and religious occasions. 

For over a thousand years, Japanese incense, or ko (香), has been used to purify, cleanse and unwind. It dates back to when Ganjin, a Buddhist priest from Tang China, reached Japan in 754 AD, and introduced a thriving incense culture. It was immensely popular, and soon after, Japan was inspired to create its own incense by combining modern and ancient techniques. 

Over the years, burning incense became an art form that was only rivalled by sado (the tea ceremony). Today, it’s seen as one of the highest-quality incense varieties in the world and has become a very important aspect of Japanese culture. 


Japanese Incense 

Traditional Japanese incense is typically made from wood powder, fragrant/essential oils, resins, herbs and tree barks. The ingredients are kneaded, extruded and dried. Unlike many other variations of incense, Japanese incense doesn’t contain bamboo as an ingredient. This results in giving off much less smoke, along with a clean scent, ideal for everyday use. 

Japanese incense is used for a myriad of reasons. It may help increase calmness and focus, reduce stress and anxiety, and can aid with sleep and mood swings. Many people burn incense for meditation, prayer, religious ceremonies, removing negative energy, yoga and other spiritual activities. Since smells are deeply connected to the brain, burning incense while praying or meditation is an ideal way to get into the right headspace. 

Of course you don’t need a specific reason, other than to simply enjoy a calming aroma in your home.


A Daily Routine

Like any ritual, be it your morning cup of coffee, daily walk around the block, or listening to a favourite song, the magic lies in the action. Burning incense can become a special part of your daily routine that connects your body, mind and spirit in the here and now. Here are some easy ways that you can incorporate it into your day, from morning to night…  



Burn your incense as you do your morning gratitude and journaling, or whilst getting ready for the day.

Gardenia  |  Daily Incense



Incense is a fantastic way to increase focus and mental clarity, and help you feel refreshed during an afternoon slump.

Sage –
Daily Incense




Relax and unwind with incense to create a calm, peaceful atmosphere that prepares your body and mind for a good night’s rest.

Lavender  |  Daily Incense

Sage  |  Daily Incense


Daily Incense by Trunk Design

The Daily Incense range is created by Trunk Design, who is driven by innovation. They rethink and redesign what already exists, creating something even better. 

The incense is produced by artisans on Awaji Island in Japan using ‘tabu powder’ as the main ingredient, which causes the incense to burn slowly.  First, the powder is kneaded with water to make clay, and then it’s blended with fragrant wood for the aroma, and dye is added for colour. 

The Daily Range is available in 10 soothing, beautiful scents. You can purchase each scent individually or as part of a 3- or 5-scent set.

Individual Scents 

Japanese Cypress, Sandalwood, Gardenia, Camellia, Casablanca, Sage, Lavender, Geranium, Tea Tree, and Ylang Ylang – R240.00 each

Happiness (set of 3 scents):
Gardenia, Camelia, and Casablanca –

Sweetness (set of 3 scents):
Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang, and Gardenia –

Calm (set of 3 scents):
Sandalwood, Lavender, and Sage –

Relax (set of 3 scents):
Lavender, Geranium, and Japanese Cypress –

Natural (set of 5 scents):
Sage, Lavender, Geranium, Tea Tree, and Ylang Ylang R340.00

Wa (set of 5 scents):
Japanese Cypress, Sandalwood, Gardenia, Camellia, Casablanca R340.00

Daily Incense Stick Stand

These compact and contemporary stands are hand-crafted from wood, with an oiled finish, and pairs perfectly with one of the Daily Incense options – R320.00


Whether you’re an avid incense burner or new to the scene, lighting incense at different times of the day can help start and end it on the right note. And with so many different scents, you’re spoilt for choice to find an aroma (or five) that you really love. 


Happy burning!

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