This is the first Satya incense that I’ve reviewed… a little surprising because the Satya company makes some wildly popular incenses like the famous blue box Nag Champa and Super Hit. The reason I’ve stayed away from Satya is because I keep hearing how bad their quality control is and the general cheapening of their products. However, After reading a glowing review of their Natural Chandan on Reddit I got too curious and picked a few boxes from the Natural line.
Floral incenses can be difficult because it is tricky to balance the fresh smell of a flower with the smokiness of incense. In Satya Natural Jasmine, the makers appear to have attempted to cover up the incense section entirely with a huge amount of synthetic jasmine. This synthetic jasmine is not bad. It’s realistic enough with a fruity nature and a soapy edge. In low doses, it is very appealing. I hear such jasmine oils are very popular in India where people know jasmine (you can get garlands of the real flowers in any market place, it blooms in countless courtyards etc etc).
The problem in Natural Jasmine is that it is so suffocating, so dominating that the incense is impossible for me to enjoy. The intensity of the jasmine oil makes it seem more synthetic than it actually is. Like music that is played too loud, it becomes distorted and even painful. Additionally, the woody base has an inexplicable cigarette smell. This is not present in Natural Lavender or Natural Chandan so I wonder if the cigarette note is from the burning of the synthetic jasmine oil. Whatever is going on, it smells like an ashtray to me. Ugh.
You can get Satya Natural Jasmine from a number of vendors and it retails for a few dollars per a 15 gram box.