Incense cones are simply conical shaped masses of hardened incense. Like stick incense, incense cones come in numerous varieties based on the diverse combination of ingredients. Incense cones emit a somewhat different smell than the stick variety because there is no stick burning alongside the actual raw ingredients. Incense cones are burned to release the fragrance of the botanical, aromatic material from which they are composed. They burn fairly rapidly after being lit, and emit more smoke and fragrance as the point dwindles down and the ember reaches the base. Incense cones are selected and burned for relaxation and to create a pleasing and inviting environment in the home or office. Incense cones are also often incorporated in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies, and elsewhere for its therapeutic benefits.