After a series of disappointments, I got out Fred Soll’s Honey Amber, which according to Mike at ORS, is a terrific incense. I respect Mike immensely and take his recommendations very seriously. Since Honey Amber has made his top ten lists multiple times, I figured that I should give it a try before I give up on the line.
When I opened the package of sticky, resin-y sticks I smelled something truly enchanting and unusual: a rich aroma that recalled anceint ceremonies or exotic unguents. Deliciously smooth and delicately resinous, it is a remarkable composition. I’ve never smelled anything like it.
To be slightly more precise, Honey Amber is a very soft mix of spice, labdanum, frankincense, honey and what must be a thousand other wonderful smelling things. It is exceptionally well blended and has a unique sweetness to it which may in fact be ambergris. It wows. You can tell a lot of quality and experience went into these sticks.
So you can imagine my extreme unhappiness when I lit up a stick and could only smell the charcoal punk. What a waste! Apparently I’m too sensitive to the charcoal sticks he’s using which is why I’m no longer going to be reviewing Fred Soll incense.
However, if you’re not sensitive to charcoal, I implore you to try this. Honey Amber is exceptional.