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The home of that special Christmas smell

When the "Raachermannel" smoking figurines fill the air with incense...

An incense cone awakens every incense smoking figurine to life for which it was made. It smokes exquisitely and with an air of slow contemplation, Advent is here, you can smell it! The exact composition of the Ore Mountains’ incense cones’ Christmas fragrance is still a secret to this today. Whether it’s incense, pine, orange or sandalwood – every incense cone producer guards its recipe carefully. Having said that, the incense cone’s ingredients are known: high-quality charcoal dust, sandalwood and copper beech flour, binding agents and aromas from herbs, resins, flowers, roots or essential oils. 

Incense smoking figurines from the Ore Mountains

The "Raachermannel“ is an invention of toy makers in the Ore Mountains. These adorable wooden figurines still hand-crafted with love to this day allow their proud owners to light and enjoy incense candles, which is where their name ""Raachermännchen" (little smoking man in German) comes from.  Every year at Christmas, the little men are brought down from the loft together with the candle arch, miners & angels and candle pyramids to fill living rooms with their aromatic fragrances. 

These days, the little smoking figurines are available in dozens of highly original versions - miners, foresters, gnomes, bee-keepers, architects or photographers but also as shelf sitters or incense houses and they are simply a must in every family home in the Ore Mountains. In the meantime, new fragrances are constantly being developed for the incense cones so that incense smoking figurines can also be used during the year.
The little incense smokers from the Ore Mountains are famous all over the world and coveted collector items. 

Make incense smoking figurines yourself

Foto by Uwe Meinhold

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