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Featured Item: Incense Matches

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Not many people have heard of incense matches. They're kind of hard to find (especially now!) especially the individual matchbooks, but all the people I've shown them to all love them. So when I saw an opportunity to add them to Yapoma, I was super excited!

So what are incense matches? Pretty much exactly what they sound like! They look light -- and light like -- regular matches. You can let the flame burn out on its own, or blow it out after it goes far enough down the matchstick, like about 1/2 to 3/4 to the bottom. Once it starts to smoke, let it smoke for a few more seconds and then place it in an ashtray or any small plate or other dish you might have that's non-flammable. It'll smoke for another few seconds.

I used to buy these when I was in college at a local music store (which, sadly, is no more!). They were perfect for me and I diligently bought a new pack every couple of weeks or so. I was on a tight budget and driving a really old car that had previously belonged to an older lady who never drove it. The car ALWAYS smelled stale for some reason and as much as I like rolling down my windows for fresh air, let's face it there are always times when you can't do that! So these matches were the perfect solution! I'd light them when I got in my car (or sometimes even at a long red light) and it was the perfect burst of scent without being crazy over-powering. The match part really dispels smells so that, while the fragrance doesn't last as long, it does really get rid of the smell.

Today, I still use these in my car but I've also added them to the bathroom for our stinkier visits there. It's such a simple idea but so awesome! I definitely highly recommend trying out a pack or two :)

Here is a list of the fragrances and their descriptions from the manufacturer:

French VanillaSmooth, creamy vanilla inspired by the cafés of Paris.
Cinnamon - The heartwarming and nostalgic aroma of rich spicy stone ground cinnamon
Oriental Blossom - A fusion of blossom inspired by the royal gardens of the far east
Sandalwood - A sweet, warm, and woody aroma that is sensual and romantic
Rain - Clean, crisp scent with floral notes
Hollyberry - A softened blend of red, black, and yellow hollyberries with a hint of clove
Jasmine - The exotic blend of freshly cut jasmine flowers. Sweet, exotic and richly floral
Patchouli - Get in touch with your inner bohemian with this exotic earthy allure
Potpourri - An eclectic blend of natural scents made up of various flowers and herbs
Strawberry - A single note of fresh strawberries. Sweet and tart
Coconut - A straight and lovely coconut fragrance inspired by memories beyond the pacific
Musk - A comfortable and velvety fragrance with a warm, sweet, woody note
Goddess of Egypt - Sultry, warm and feminine. A base of exotic aromas with a hint of flowers
Spice - A delicate blend of carefully selected light spices
Bayberry - A piney natural scent with sweet berry notes
Frankincense - This traditional holiday fragrance is deep, smoky and rich