Happy Hari Queen of Lotus

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.ย  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 captureย  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!

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58 Responses to Happy Hari Queen of Lotus

  1. Happy Hari has ceased trading.

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    • Yes,amazing.After taking over from the astounding dhuni,and being a long time supplier of connoisseur incense,being highly commended on olfactory rescue service then chucked off of O.R.S. Now suddenly seems gone!
      I am stocking up with meena supreme and others.
      Although always in 2 minds about incense quality from happy hari.

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      • I didn’t know that he was chucked off ORS. That’s interesting. I know that Paul could be self-confident and assertive at times. Was there an argument?

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        • Yes,there was.
          Mike and the other O.R.S. Team refused to give me any information.As I’m good friends with Mike I was surprised but respected his integrity of not telling me.
          So I only got the message ‘between the lines’ and from others that in some way Paul had been a persistent and unreasonable trouble.I have not heard of Mike banning or being unfair to me or anyone I know.He seems to have a very firm attitude of Buddhist fairness,lots of warnings and decency so I tend to trust Mike more as true.
          I don’t think anyone was stopped on writing about how great Pauls incense was,he was extracted Mikes personal reviews and I think may have been taken off the hall of fame.
          The love of Dhuni was a big thing and I have always been yes/no with Paul on the connieseur level.

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          • Interesting. I know he was slightly frustrated with me because he’d given me some incense to review on my blog, and I was slow to review them, but he didn’t get unpleasant, just gave me a nudge now and again. There was, though, an air about him of someone who was trying just a little too hard to promote his business. Perhaps things were not working out financially, and he could see his business slipping away. That can make folks a little pushy.

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            • Yes,true.You may well be right.I can totally understand that.
              However it seems to have been over an extended period of years rather than a bad patch.
              I think some people are wrapped a bit too tight with money and success.
              I recall one of the few Madhavans incense suppliers,JIVADA,run by a Buddhist.
              Nice little incense range,about blue pearl level so the lowest end of Madhavans.But the guy running it is not nice,obsessed with success..
              Another of my favourites gokula,they are Hare Krishnas,very interesting huge range of quality incense,cheap and you could not get more friendly love filled people.
              I was doing research on incense and emotions/mental health including bio chemistry and brain response and Paul let me purchase on wholesale prices which I thought was very good of him.However when he thought I was no longer researching(I am a psychologist),he would only sell at retail price.Fair enough I guess but I was a touch miffed.

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              • I know Gokula – they do have a huge range. I have a drawer full of samples to review, which I am intending to do this month as I clear my backlog. And yes, there is a different atmosphere in dealing with Gokula than in dealing with Happy Hari, even though they might be getting their incense from the same supplier(s). Masala incense makers appear to be in decline as the shift to perfume dipping increases. In India, if buyers want something special for auspicious days, the trend is toward pure incense being burned in charcoal cups; for everyday incense, perfume-dipped is way more popular as its cheaper. I suspect that these days the Western World are the main consumers of masala incense.

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              • Did you publish your research? I’d be interested in seeing that.

                Steve

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                • Yes,some was published but a few years ago now.
                  But it was in house publications connected to biochemistry,psychology and mental illness.
                  My biochemist went back to live in Pakistan and my funding was stopped.
                  However I’m happy to communicate some of the interesting findings.
                  The only other aspect was outside of incense which was snake venom.Scientists had discovered a more powerful pain killer than the strongest opiates as an extract from snake venom.However I am not in touch with that research to see where they are with it.
                  You can e mail me to discuss incense if you want. Joseph.cymrank@sky.com

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      • What’s with the conspiracy theories? I posted this elsewhere: Happy Hari (Paul Eagle) DIED, according to Eric at Exotic Incense:

        Hello Steve,

        Sadly Happy Hari, Paul Eagle, passed away over Christmas so this is the last of the stock he sent me.

        Eric
        Exotic Incense
        http://www.exoticincense.com

        From: Steve Franklin [mailto:junk3@lordbalto.com]
        Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:40 AM
        To: Exotic Incense
        Subject: Enquiry from Exotic Incense

        I was under the impression that Happy Hari incense had closed down, yet you list several varieties on your website. Is this remaining stock or what?

        Thanks,

        SF
        __________

        From Facebook:

        Seth Glass
        December 28, 2016 at 9:42am
        never to be forgotten
        __________

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        • That’s really sad.

          Steve

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        • The conspiracy theory was not why Pauls incense has closed down,but why he was booted off of the olfactory rescue service.
          However,may God bless him and keep him and look after him.
          Death is only the beginning.

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        • To continue the conspiracy theories. Paul had removed links to incense blogs on his website, and closed it down with a friendly message before his death was announced. Do we know how he died? I am hoping the removal of himself from the incense community and his death are not related in some way, and that the closing of his business closely followed by his death is just a tragic coincidence.

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          • I have no idea.I guess he might have been ill and told he might pop off,so from that he finished his website before he went.
            I have no idea what he died off.
            I see no reason to think of any odd conspiracy.

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            • The conspiracy comment was tongue in cheek following on from Frank’s remark. I also don’t think there is some secret Ninja agarbatti society involved, but I do have a human curiosity in what has happened. I do hope there was no sadness involved. I feel a little bad because he sent me some stuff to review on my blog, but I never got round to it. And when I do go back to my blog to catch up on my backlog I find he is out of business and there is a report that he died. I guess I’m just feeling a little sort of fragile in connection to this.

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              • Just speculating wildly, but I suppose he could have committed suicide. I could find no obituary anywhere, if lack of evidence counts as evidence. I should also point out that he mentions an Indian partner–he quotes him somewhere, it may have been on Facebook. So it’s possible his incense will return with another Western partner. To be honest, I didn’t particularly like his incense, but for those who do/did, you may be in luck at some point.

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              • Don’t worry Steve,Paul probably had many free tasters for bloggers out there when he popped.He was always promoting.It is a sad loss when anyone passes on.I am ordinarily curious too and do hope he went with the minimum of suffering.
                I am reviewing all his incense and having a mini stock up with the few I like.
                I was always yes/no with Pauls incense but a few were very very good with Maebe 2 or 3 quite special.

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  2. Terra Renee says:

    I just have to say, I ordered several packs of this today. I’m trying to keep my stock up for awhile since I’m not sure Happy Hari scents will be produced much longer. I just love Queen of Lotus.

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  3. coreytopel says:

    Greetings Leslie,
    Would you like to review the rest of the line of Happy Hari?

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  4. What about my Queen of Roses for a “pink” smell Joe ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Hmm, I’m not sure if I approve of the Slide Burner, t’would be better to have something to make you burn more sticks not less haha – only (half) joking ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • LOL ๐Ÿ˜€

      Well, Paul since your sticks have a bamboo core which lets us burn up all the incense material anyway, you should be safe!

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      • Yeah it’s just the Slide Burner is a device that lets you put your sticks out before they’ve finished burning so helps to conserve your stash whereas I in my greed induced way prefer people to burn there sticks more often – just business and just joking haha

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        • I have two burners, one a standard round Shoyeido ceramic one and the other a cast iron 3-legged burner with a little bird on the top I picked up at an estate sale long ago. The latter is filled with salt and ash, and I just put the incense stick in the mixture and it cuts off the oxygen and puts out the incense immediately. You could use white sand if you can find it this time of year. Any small container would do, a saki cup, shot glass, small bowl, or burner meant to contain sand or ash.. No need for a fancy contraption.

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  6. I’d just like to say for those of you who like my Queen of Lotus, you may also like my Pratyahari Sutra Incense Sticks too as they have a similar top note fruity floral feminine fragrance – ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Happys queen lotus is certainly one of his best.Not everyone like pure,indian sweet femininity,however when the quality is this good,the sweetness has no ‘clawing’ effect,where I just feel ‘too sweet’,liked when I eat much too much chocolate and feel sick.The pure hight of the quality stops any problems with this sweet lotus flower.The scent,i feel,’sings’,its note is so pure,resonant and completely ‘natural’ that it really is striking.Very similar to Lotus from the supreme incense masterpieces of Dhuni,(which approval was passed on to Hari to take up the torch).How I feel the loss of Dhuni,every pack burst with astounding,complex multi layered scent textures within which was an almost tacit felt spiritual energy.It was very very strange.However,one of their simpler master works was their lotus.And Paul(happy hari)gives us a rememberance of the astounding original. So many other excellent happy incenses that are really really special,i can totally recommend,(nag champa,oudh,meena supreme,viag aroma,blue nag champa),I can also recommend the amber,2 or 3 of the sutras are quite exceptional too and hari,i have always found so helpful and friendly and you can stock up for so little money as all his incense is at such reasonable prices.However I am in London,U.K.so this helps perhaps with postage for many of the best of British incense suppliers.(of which happy hari,i would certainly list as one of the best).
    Meena supreme still is the most complex delight which has,again,this almost meditation/energy effect of spacious awareness to it.

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  8. Glad you like it Steve, what blokey bloke doesn’t love the smell of a rich woman’s skin??
    Terra, if you really wish to haha “wear” my incense, you can definitely rub the stick with your hand to pick up some of the scent and you might like to try shaking the powder off the stick onto your hair or clothes.
    Thanks to all for all the good words, I’m looking forward to my next review Lesley – hint hintโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Hi Lesley, thanks for such a “glowing” review haha and I’m so glad you like my Queen of Lotus it really is one of the most popular fragrances amongst my female customers and your note about having a similar aroma to high quality skin cream kind of tells me why. Best wishes and I’ll “smell” you later ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Anytime ๐Ÿ™‚

      I have to say I was surprised by how modern it is– anyone who finds the usual offerings dull and boring needs to try Queen of Lotus.

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    • Terra Renee says:

      Now I really want to try this. Two glowing reviews are enough for me, and the description made it sound yummy. And as a woman, I love great-smelling skin cream. If it really does smell like great skin cream, I’ll probably end up wanting to rub it on my hands.

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      • I think Queen of Lotus is a must smell. I’m not a fan of the style, but it’s so well executed and so unusual. It gave me an education on what you can do with a modern incense. Not bad for $4!

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        • Terra Renee says:

          I ordered some Queen of Lotus from Absolute Bliss, along with a pack of Nepal Musk. I’m a fan of Musk, and just had to try it. It isn’t Happy Hari blend, but it looks really good.

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          • I’d love to know what you think of the Lotus, Terra? BTW my Niyama Sutra is a very musky blend

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            • Terra Renee says:

              Excellent! That’ll be next on my list. The Nepal Musk I ordered is from Primo, the same makers of Pure-Incense, but of lower concentration of oils. I’m hoping it will still be great since Primo does have some good reviews.

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              • coreytopel says:

                Greetings all!
                This is Corey from Absolute Bliss Incense. Just wanted to let you know that shipping in the U.S. is a flat rate of 4.95 and you will receive 12 free samples with every order!

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                • Terra Renee says:

                  Even a small order of only two packs of incense, like my order? (I’m Ms. Cain)

                  Good deal, either way. Great incentive, and more people will get to experience the wide variety of incense you have. Also, that slide burner you sell? I have GOT to have that next time I order. That thing is the best thing since sliced sandalwood chips. Hah.

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              • Nepal musk is part of my best sweet range.Primo is good.I have not found any Nepal musk that is not good.The best is Pure Incense and Pure Perfume Oils(both u.k.).Magical Nepal musk.Dr.J.

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                • Terra Renee says:

                  Nepal Musk is magical! I hope more people discover the joy of Primo incense (as good as Pure-Incense’s Absolute, but not near as expensive!) and give this line a shot in the butt that it needs. HM&S really do make amazing incense. Silver Sandalwood, as I said elsewhere, is the crown jewel in my opinion. Mallica is great too. It’s sweet, airy, and smells…pink. Yes, pink. I don’t know HOW, but it smells pink. This is a good thing.

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                  • I LOVE things that smell Pink.I know exactly what you mean.There is a rose at pure incense,i think it’s called pink rose champagne.VERY pink.
                    I agree that Primo is underated,like you say,so much cheaper than Pure incense,however I feel in general Pure incense absolutes are of a higher quality,I.M.O. but noses are so personal !!!!
                    PINK,PINK,PINK.

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                  • I’ll have to check out Primo pronto, LOL

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                  • coreytopel says:

                    The best pink I have found is Primo Lilac. Although it does not smell like the flower it is Absolutely pink to me. Also has a lot of pure vanilla crystals. Like a fairies magic wand!

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                    • Terra Renee says:

                      I haven’t tried Lilac, but you’ll have to check out my review for Pink Sayli and Mallica. I reviewed them as one since they are SO similar. And, I’m afraid to say I disagree with you, Corey! I prefer Mallica over Pink Sayli CONNOSIEUR, the supreme version. Maybe the Absolute smells different, but for me, Primo’s Mallica wins the battle of the pinks!

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