Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Joie Sea Breeze












I really like this. Soft grey/light brown appearance, almost masala like; seems to be machine made - very tight and regular, with a smear down the stick. It burns with a soothing and evocative warm scent.



Score: 31.




Best of Gopal Joie incense












Saturday, 4 April 2015

Joie Jasmine








A little hot and crude. There is a jasmine aroma, but it's not flowery and delicate - it's crude, heavy and hot. Not a great incense stick, but OK for covering up bad odours.

I think I was a little harsh when first reviewing this. I've burnt some more, and while the aroma does incline toward hot, there is also some heady floral notes which are quite pleasant.


Score: 22


Best of Gopal Joie incense


Best jasmine incense






Friday, 3 April 2015

Emporium Dream Catcher Cannabis









There are several companies offering a cannabis scented incense - all of them are poor quality, and all are pretty much the same. Thin charcoal paste mildly scented of pine, mint, and benzoin resin. The aroma is basic woody - a little harsh and hot. Not offensive, but pretty much a waste of time.


Score: 20


Emporium incense









Thursday, 2 April 2015

Emporium Dream Catcher Magnolia







Tightly rolled from charcoal paste onto undyed sticks. Burns evenly for a long time. The scent is actually quite reasonable, which surprised me as it comes from the Emporium stable. I've previously had poor experiences with Emporium, who seem to concentrate on cheap rather than quality. This scent is warm, woody, musky, with some deep floral notes. Not high and sharp, but big, glossy and rounded. A decent everyday incense.

Score: 25




Emporium incense

Emporium incense








EmporiumUK.biz are a UK based importing business. They distribute incense, and also have their own brands which are made in India and Thailand. Among the brands they own are the nasty Divine Spirit  and the cheap small Spiritual Sky.  They have an incense factory in Calcutta.






Emporium Dream Catcher Magnolia


Score: 25








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Spiritual Sky




Emporium Dream Catcher Frankincense





Emporium Dream Catcher Cannabis










Divine Spirit (13 different aromas)





















Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Sage Spirit Medicine Wheel Nature Spirits Cedar







Hot and woody. Not as subtle and attractive as the Blue Corn Flower which is part of the same Nature Spirits series by Sage Spirit.  It is very nice, it has warm sandalwood with oily and and fresh spicy pine notes from the cedar. The aroma is natural and awakening, yet sensual at the same time. Initially I wasn't sure, feeling that the main aroma was similar to the base aroma of cheap incense, where all you smell is the burning sandalwood paste, or the Nepal incense where it's simply burnt herbs and sandalwood, but this is different. This is somewhat better. It is a warm, evocative, sensual, and spicy scent - clean and fresh. Like the Blue Corn Flower, the scent is subtle, and so the good points can be missed. But this is quality. I like it. Expensive though - £2.64 for a pack of 11 from holisticshop.co.uk



Score: 36




Sage Spirit