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Introduction of Chen Jhen Fang Incense Company

Specialize in traditional hand-made incense, horizontal incense stick, spiral incense, mini coil incense, etc.  The Company was founded in 1910 (Xuantong 2nd year of Qing Dynasty) by the founder Chen Tu (陳塗).  The second-generation boss Chen Jin-chang (陳金墇) took over the business and opened up a new prospect.  At the peak of prosperity, there were more than ten incense-making masters, and together with their apprentices, they filled three big round dining tables when having meals.  That gives an idea of the prosperous situation of the incense making factory then.  The company is now managed by the third-generation little son Chen Ying-jhou (陳盈州), and the fourth generation is also ready to succeed, hoping to bring this incense making art into the next century.

 

Introduction of the Proprietor

Born in 1965 in Taipei City, the proprietor has grown up in a traditional incense making environment. He has learnt earnestly from his father the ingredients mixing and traditional incense making technique, and he undertakes to bring improvement to the incense making craft. In view of the damage to the natural ecological environment in recent years, the Company has put even greater effort in keeping the traditional work process while innovating, and insisted on overcoming the challenge of price and quality fluctuation of raw materials and maintaining our stable product quality. It requires rich experience, which helps refine our technique. I have worked with several old masters with 50 years plus experience in incense making since a young age, exchanging practical experience and opinions for improvement. We strive to improve on the basis of traditional technique and modernized needs, so that high quality incense is made, with natural aroma and minimized smoke, achieving the basic requirements health- and environmental-friendly.

Insistence of the Chen Jhen Fang Incense Company

Products of the Company are made from traditional Chinese handicraft, absolutely hand-made products, and so it is a very time-consuming and laborious work, and hence mass production is not possible. However, with the development of semi-automatic machinery and the help of machines, work hour for production is greatly reduced, and the output and quality are effectively enhanced. Nonetheless, with our insistence on the traditional handicraft, most of the procedures are still done by hands, in order to maintain the traditional heritage of the incense making technique.

I have put great effort in the study of incense and agarwood, on which I have considerable achievement. I am also working hard on the study of the ancient techniques and the widely applicable incense culture, which makes the incense lore a kind of delicate culture. The virtue of “incense” also indicates people’s pursuit and cultivation. Let us learn about the incense, use incense and be educated in the incense culture, so we can enter the lustration of the incense-lore life.

Incense Products of the Company

Special version Chinan submerged agarwood, Hui-an submerged agarwood, woods grown sandalwood, medicine incense sticks and horizontal incense sticks, 24-hour spiral incense, mini coil incense and incense pagodas, as well as health-preserving incense and air-purifying incense.

Custom-made Products

Tibetan worshipping incense and mini coil incense for the Taiwan Buddhist Artifacts Association, the nano-wormwood horizontal incense stick and mini coil incense for the China Body, Mind and Soul Advancement Association, sandalwood worshipping incense used in the sanctum of Taipei City Hsing Tian Kong for scripture reading. The Company has made countless of custom-made products, having rich experience and won good reputation in the industry.

Incense Appreciation Teaching

History and stories of incense culture, the science of incense, applications of incense products, etc.For individuals and small groups.

 

Business Philosophy

I am the third generation in this incense business, having immersed in the world of incense for 35 years. I have seen more than hundreds of incense woods, and the more I understand them, the pettier I find myself. The beauty of an incense wood has too much to be realized and felt. To successfully mix a kind of incense, it requires earnest work from selecting raw materials in the field, communicating the idea with the master, adjusting the odor, grinding materials by hands, processing by the old master, and then continually revising and modifying, repeating all these again when the product is not good or when it does not feel well, all for the goal of perfectly presenting the pleasant odor and giving it a new life. How long have we missed such sensation and achievement in our life?

Chen Jhen Fang Incense Company is a century-old brand name. Apart from enjoying the edge of having abundant resources of incense materials, it also has a hundred years of incense making experience. In terms of quality, resources, equipment, and mixing skill, it has won reputation and recognition of all users ranging from individuals to big temples.

With the support of the numerous agarwood fans and friends of older generations, Chen Jhen Fang Incense Company has finally realized the long-planned blueprint step by step.  Maybe we do not have the finest and the best incense, but you sure could feel our earnestness and diligence.  Though not the finest and the best, we do try our best to make our products the most touching ones.  We may go looking all over for books, inherited family information and the Chen’s Incense Chart and the Jhou’s Chart for the flavoring of just one single rare material.  This is our determination for improvement and excellence, so that customers could be fully assured for any work they entrusted us.  This is why customers are like our friends, they longer we know each other, the better friends we become, and there is never lost customer.  Other than our confidence and the insistence on our affection for incense, the greatest motivation for improvement in our work is the friends’ and customers’ sharing and suggestion.  I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all these friends.  Thank you!

Products of Chen Jhen Fang Incense Company are brand-new but classic in style, and also the plainest and most familiar products. All the natural ingredients such as agarwood, sandalwood, rare incense… etc. compose another flavor of aroma, a real and natural sensation. This perhaps is the greatest deficiency in our life!


Persistence, Quality, Trustworthiness

Starting up as a traditional hand-made incense maker, Chen Jhen Fang Incense Company has a great passion for incense, because incense is more than just a product to us, but also a heritage and symbol of the traditional culture. By standing fast at its position through all these years, Chen Jhen Fang Incense Company wishes to pass this traditional culture on generation by generation, so that people of later generations may also enjoy the fineness and beauty brought about by the traditional culture! Ever since its foundation, Chen Jhen Fang Incense Company has insisted on the stringent requirement on the quality of its products, and being honest and trustworthy to its customers.

Our belief, the constant persistence and passion – creating a cultural quality of incense lore and making good incense

There is an old saying: “Keeping is harder than winning.” Chen Jhen Fang Incense Company is dedicated to improving the technique and has insisted on keeping the traditional procedures. This is the direction of our effort, and also the motivation for inheriting and developing the traditional culture, as well as for ensuring sustainability of the Company.