Monthly Archives: December 2015

Baikundo Lavender (less smoke)

Baikundo does a range of less smoke incenses that contain a special type of charcoal designed to cleanse the air. Apparently this line is really popular with restaurants in Japan. Since I’m one of those people who hates the smell … Continue reading

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Fred Soll Lovely Lavender and New Mexico Sandalwood

I had some hesitation about trying Fred Soll because I was worried what their “hand dipped” tag implied. Hand dipped incenses normally use charcoal punks which to me, have an unpleasant smell. But Fred Soll gets great reviews over at … Continue reading

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Pure Incense Amber (Absolute version)

Pure Incense has two lines: Absolute (which is their larger and less expensive one) and Connoisseur (which is premium). I’ve only tried two from the Connoisseur line (Sandalwood and Blue Lotus) and they are very potent with a high percentage … Continue reading

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Shroff Vanilla Balsam

An unusual take on vanilla, Shroff Vanilla Balsam is surprisingly dry and soft. The name would suggest something dripping and sticky with tolu balsam or balsam of Peru (both have a vanilla like smell), but this is a masala based … Continue reading

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Shroff Little Woods (2015 restock)

According to Mike at ORS, the 2015 restock of Little Woods does not smell like its previous incarnations. If you can find his post from November 2, 2015, he goes on to say that it’s been reformulated with a new … Continue reading

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Shunkodo Shun Koh Sen

Shun Koh Sen, according to the ad copy, is a blend of Indian sandalwood and Chinese medicinal herbs. Given the state of Indian sandalwood availability I was worried that it might be lacking. Was I ever wrong! Shun Koh Sen … Continue reading

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Pure Incense Sandalwood (Connoisseur version)

Sandalwood (Connissuer version) from  Pure Incense is the same thing as their Sandalwood de Luxe. It’s rather smoky but the fragrance is fine and sweet. It has that particular creamy-soft quality that you only get with Mysore sandalwood… which once … Continue reading

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Baieido Byakudan Koubunboku

Baieido’s Byakudan Kobunboku is a highly recommended sandalwood incense but to tell the truth, I smell very little sandalwood in it at all. As Indian  sandalwood has been becoming increasingly scarce manufacturers have had to cut back or raise prices. … Continue reading

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The Mother’s Golden Fragrances Review

After reading the glowing reviews for The Mother’s Nag Champa series on Olfactory Rescue Service, I decided to give their Golden (or premium line) a try. The Golden incenses  come in 15 different scents: Golden Amber Golden Autumn Leaves Golden … Continue reading

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