I’ve been curious about Chinese incense but haven’t been able to try any yet since no one really seems to stock it. Mysterious, since it seems like you can get just about anything from China… At any rate, when I placed an order with Incense On the Way, I noticed they had a small selection of Chinese incense, one of the few in stock being a packet of sticks listed simply as “Jasmine and Sandalwood” with no maker mentioned. Since it was “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!” in the description and only $2.95, I figured I’d give it a try.
Jasmine and Sandalwood is mostly a dry wood base with a touch of sweetness and hints of sandalwood and jasmine floating in and out. The sandalwood is much easier to detect than the jasmine. It has a soft vanillic tone but is only mildly sweet. The jasmine is very very delicate and present only as the slightest floral lilt. It’s there however, if you look hard enough.
Overall, this simple and subtle combination is quite nice. However, because I prefer incenses that are more heavily scented I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing.
One interesting note…. the sticks for Jasmine and Sandalwood are super long and thin. I was worried that the scent of the bamboo splint might come though but it doesn’t.
You can get Jasmine and Sandalwood only at Incense On the Way. A packet of 32 long sticks costs $2.95.