Happi Hari Queen of Lotus is a unique take on the lotus flower. Unlike traditional incenses of this type, Queen of Lotus skips the woods and spices and opens up into a distinctive floral creatively supported by an accord I can only describe as “expensive skin cream”. Whimsical and hypnotic by turns, this is an eye opener.
It’s very difficult to pick out exactly what is at play in the floral section of Queen of Lotus due to the expert blending. I can just make out magnolia and jasmine and perhaps rose but that doesn’t begin to describe the complex fragrance. I can only say that it’s unlike any floral blend I’ve smelled.
Adding to fanciful quality of the incense is an accord of expensive skin cream. I’m sure most of my female readers will be familiar with the scent: luxuriously creamy-fatty with a delicate perfume. Naturally every brand and line is different, but they all almost always share that creamy, rich tone. It’s incredible that Queen of Lotus is able to capture that $150 skin cream note, but this is an incense that delights in surprising.
While I’m more of a traditional incense girl, Queen of Lotus has me charmed. It’s so unusual and playful that I really enjoyed “listening” to it even tho it’s not a style that normally go for.
You can get Happy Hari Queen of Lotus incense online at Absolute Bliss in the US and world wide from either the Happy Hari website or from the Happy Hari Etsy site (ships from the UK and they take PayPal). Prices start at around $4.00 for a 10 gram packet (about 4 or 5 sticks)
***This review was based on samples sent free of charge by Happy Hari.***
EDIT: I made a big mistake in my first edition of this post. Happy Hari does not do charcoal punks of any kind. Queen of Lotus is a masala that is machine rolled… to my untrained eyes it looked like a charcoal stick– whoops!