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The Four Masters - Incense sticks

The Four Masters |四合香   A Re-interpreted Blend

As its name suggests, this incense is made from the four grand masters of traditional Chinese incense – aloeswood (also named agarwood, jinko, oud), sandalwood, camphor and musk (substituted with musk grass).

From the Tang dynasty (beginning c. 7th century) onward, these four ingredients have been the pillars of Chinese incense, and the blend of these four is a true classic, with various versions documented in the History of Incense《香乘》.

This is a true no brainer – from the moment we first lit the prototype in the studio, we agreed unanimously that it was a blend for the final collection. The warm complexity of the aloeswood, the refreshing milkiness of the sandalwood, the gentle coolness of the camphor, rounded off with the smoothness of the musk – it all co-exists in perfect harmony.

Due to the cost of the raw ingredients, The Four Masters is only available stick form.


The Four Masters is part of the Kin Premium Collection, a collection of incense exclusively hand-made in small scale studios including our own. All incense in the Premium incense collection are enclosed in Wutong wood boxes painted with traditional Chinese red ink.

Full length: 21cm | 8.25 inches

(60-70min burn time/stick, total 20+ hours for 20 sticks, 50+ hours for 50 sticks)

Half length: 10.5cm | 4.125 inches

(30-35min burn time/stick, total 10+ hours for 20 sticks, 25+ hours for 50 sticks)

Ingredients: Sandalwood, Aloeswood, Camphor, Musk Grass, Nanmu

All stick incense are enclosed in a glass tube and a Wutong box; Wutong is a type of wood popular for storing incense in East Asia due to its superior anti-mold and anti-moisture properties.

Please note that as every piece is handmade, the size, shape and color will have irregularities depending on the batch. As raw ingredients vary batch by batch, the smell of the incense will also vary by batch. These are a part of the handmade process and not considered defects.

Over time, we may continue to tweak the blend as we are continually searching for better ingredients, and improvements to our processes.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Cyrus Schleifer

Crazy good Incense

Dana Macek
High quality and lovely scent

Bought the Incense sticks as a gift for my son. He loves them! Great gift idea.

zahir sutarwala
four masters- rarified air

Four Master's is herbaceous and earthy - in short grounding. Try incorporating into your nighttime routine with a favorite herbal tea - and give yourself the deep rest your body needs. The quality of the incense is apparent from the beginning - the slow burn and rich but subtle fragrance soothes after a hectic day.


Amazing scent for incense lovers ~!

Behind-the-scenes in our studio -

The making of all natural incense sticks for the Kin Premium Collection

The Kin Premium Incense Collection

A Collection of Handmade, All Natural Incense

The Kin Premium Incense collection is a collection of premium incense exclusively hand-made in small scale studios. Part of the collection is from our own studio, the remainder is hand-selected from experienced Chinese artisans that we know and trust.

Like all of our products, the Premium Incense collection is rooted in thousands of years of traditional Chinese incense culture. Part of the collection closely follows traditional recipes from the archetypal Chinese incense book History of Incense《香乘》, written almost 500 years ago in the Yuan dynasty; these we call the Re-interpreted blends. Part of the collection are our own creations, using ingredients and blends with modern, non-Chinese influences – these we call the Imagined blends. There is also a focus on precious single scents like aloeswood (otherwise known as agarwood, oud or jinkoh) – these we call the Classic single scents.  

The Perfect Accompaniment for Daily Rituals

The Kin Premium Incense collection contains no artificial ingredients or enhancements. They are made from all natural, hand-selected ingredients, chosen because they were the absolute best we could find at reasonable prices.

The binding powder used is Indonesian nanmu powder, a wood-based binder popular in Chinese incense, and where the Japanese makko or tabu no ki powder derives from.

All of the Kin Premium Incense are carefully enclosed in Wutong wood boxes painted with traditional Chinese red ink. Wutong is a type of wood popular for storing incense in East Asia, due to its superior anti-mold and anti-moisture properties.

Indulge in a stick of natural incense, gift yourself a moment of calm.

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