Baieido says that their Lavender Sawayaka contains French lavender oil but mysteriously it has no presence in the incense. Like Baikundo Lavender, it smells pleasant but I’m left wondering why they decided to name it lavender.
Instead of the refreshing, vibrant scent of the flower, there is a classic mix of woods with an indistinct floral element and a touch of cool camphor. The woody base makes up the largest part of the aroma and is generic in tone but still enjoyable. The floral notes have an oddly fresh-synthetic twist that I don’t like, but you can only smell it when you but your nose right above the burning stick. Otherwise it’s just vaguely floral. I think the incense would have benefited from a larger dose of camphor– the little bit thrown in here left me wanting more.
Based on the aroma alone I would not recommend Lavender Sawayaka. It’s not a bad incense, but there are just so many wonderful ones out there that it’s hard to justify burning ones that are merely ok.
Additionally, this incense is very lightly scented and virtually smokeless. This may or may not be a drawback depending on your taste. Personally I found it too light.
You can get Baieido Lavender Sawayaka from a number of online retailers. A 30 gram box (about 45 sticks) retails for around $12.