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 Cinnamon
- Golden Geranium
- Golden Jasmine
- Golden Lavender
- Golden Lenteblossom
- Golden Lotus
- Golden Musk
- Golden Myrrh
- Golden Orange Blossom
- Golden Rose
- Golden Spicewood
- Golden Vanilla
- Golden Ylang Ylang
In general the incenses are all nice. Some are dull or don’t have much character or in the case of Golden Rose and Golden Jasmine a bit weak, but none are actually bad. My favorites were Golden Amber, Golden Musk, and Golden Lavender.
Let’s get to the reviews…
Golden Amber: An interesting scent nothing like the amber I’m used to in perfume. Golden Amber is quite sweet and a touch spicy with maybe a hint of fruitiness… could this be the “pink amber” type I read about on ORS? It’s sugary and happy and charming– “pink amber” seems to suit well!
Golden Autumn Leaves: Sweet and creamy with hints of spice and a vanilla background. Easy to enjoy.
Golden Cinnamon: This is a woody-hot cinnamon over some sweet notes… maybe a touch of vanilla. The cinnamon is not super strong, so the effect is more more of a soft, sweet incense with a nice cinnamon note.
Golden Geranium: The geranium in this incense is rose scented. I’m not really a fan of rose scented geranium because I find it rather strident take on rose. However, I think it works here because the rose scented geranium is airy and light and has a surprising freshness.
Golden Jasmine: A light, soapy jasmine. My least favorite.
Golden Lavender: Marvelous! A beautiful pairing of lavender with classic Indian incense. The lavender note has a distinct freshness and pretty floral tone. More sweet/balsamic than herbal/aromatic this is a soothing and relaxing lavender which mixes especially well with the woody and faintly spicy elements of the base.
Golden Lenteblossom: This has a distinctly rosy element in the unlit stick but once it is lit I can’t pick it out. In fact I can’t pick much of anything out and am left with a pleasant– if generic– incense.
Golden Lotus: A nice though nondescript incense. A little woody, a little floral, a suggestion of spice. Less floral than Golden Lenteblossom I suppose but it really hard to say much of anything about this one other than it’s ok.
Golden Musk: I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this one because I tend to shy away from musk in perfume. This however is great! A delightfully smokey-sweet musk that has a rich, smooth texture and soft floral undertones. Really pretty!
Golden Myrrh: Sweet and not particularly resinous. Myrrh has an appealing bitter quality to it that this incense does not have. It’s nice but it doesn’t really have a strong direction. UPDATE: The more I burn this the more I like it. I still don’t find this myrrh like or distinctive, but its soft sweetness has really grown on me. Relaxing and easy to enjoy.
Golden Orange Blossom: A sort of generic incense with orange blossom floating in and out.
Golden Rose: A drier rose with a hint of spice. It has softly rosy impression– not harsh or angular like some roses can be. However, the overall scent is weak.
Golden Spicewood: This isn’t particularly spicy to my nose but it has a nice classic incense smell. Another sort of nondescript type but very pleasant and smooth.
Golden Vanilla: A fruity vanilla, but not overly sweet. Pleasant.
Golden Ylang ylang: Floral in tone but not explicitly ylang ylang-y. Ok
The Mother’s Golden incenses retail for $3 and up for a packet of 12 10 inch sticks.