Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Best of Gopal Joie incense






Joie is the brand of Gopal Magic Moments, a branch of the Gopal Group, which sells tobacco, chemicals, industrial perfume, etc, and was formed in 1942. They have incense factories in Delhi, Bangalore and Baddi, and have recently introduced a conveyor belt system. They list the ingredients they use, which are all natural.




Joie Orange

Basic, herby incense. Score: 21



Gopal Joie Deluxe Dhoop

Acrid greasy smoke. Score: 10

Joie Orange







Fairly basic sticks in standard hex box. Hand-rolled with varying thickness from sandalwood and jiggit paste  onto undyed sticks and then rolled into a masala of crushed ingredients and possibly dipped in scent. The aroma is rather basic. Fairly grassy and herby with some wood notes. Not unpleasant, but not very refined. Within that basic scent there are some high notes of fake orange. Not fresh or zesty, but like a bottle of orange oil. It's OK, but as the main scent is basic burning herbs, this is more for covering up bad scents rather than introducing new pleasant ones. There are occasional hot spots of sharp acidity, This was 62p for a pack of 20 sticks, part of a £5 for 8 packs deal from devon-doll on e-Bay.

Joie is the brand of Gopal Magic Moments, a branch of the Gopal Group, which sells tobacco, chemicals, industrial perfume, etc, and was formed in 1942. They have incense factories in Delhi, Bangalore and Baddi, and have recently introduced a conveyor belt system. They list the ingredients they use, which are all natural.


Score: 21

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Frankincense




Frankincense is an aromatic resin from the boswellia tree. It is one of the most famous and oldest fragrances known to man, and was one of the three gifts given to Jesus on his birth.

The resin can be bought and burned directly on charcoal. It is a beautiful, sensual and evocative scent. It is also used in making incense. Sometimes it is a direct ingredient - added ground up as a masala, other times it is made into a liquid perfume into which incense sticks are dipped. Sometimes the scent is created artificially.

It is frequently blended with myrrh.



Aromatika Ace Scents Frankincense & Myrrh

Score: 40




HEM Frankincense-Myrrh

Score: 37


Stamford Earth Angel

Score: 36


Aargee Imperial Raja Rani Lavender Fragrence

Score: 33



SAC (Sandesh) FrankIncense Myrrh

Score: 33



Tulasi Frankincense

Score: 30



Spiritual Sky (Laboratoires SIPA Frankincense)

Score: 28


Dawn of Time Frankincense & Myrrh

Score: 28


Auroshika Frankincense

Score: 25



Stamford Exotic Collection ( Frankincense & Myrrh)

Score: 23


Spiritual Sky  (Emporium Frankincense)

Score: 20



Emporium Dream Catcher Frankincense

Score: 9

Emporium Dream Catcher Frankincense







Crude and nasty. Small sticks thinly rolled with charcoal, and then briefly dipped in what is supposed to be a frankincense perfume, but that's hardly noticeable - all I can smell is the sharp dusty charcoal. This is rubbish.

Dream Catcher is a brand by EmporiumUK.biz, so also do the nasty Divine Spirit  and cheap Spiritual Sky brands. Emporiumuk have an incense factory in Calcutta, so the sticks could have been made there.

I think that EmporiumUK and Ancient Wisdom make some of the nastiest incense on the planet. 

Score: 9




Aargee Patchouli








I like patchouli - for a while, when I was a young hippy, it was my favourite scent, and I used to wear patchouli oil every day. So any patchouli incense is going to be liked by me. This is a basic everyday incense made for Aargee by an unnamed Indian incense company. Hand rolled from charcoal paste onto sticks and then perfume dipped, they are of an acceptable everyday quality.  The scent can gently fill a room, and is warm, sensual, musky and woody. At times there is more of the base paste than the perfume, and the smoke can incline to being dry and irritating, but for the warmth they quickly give az room, and that the scent pleasantly lingers, I find these an attractive and useful scent. They come in a round tube, which I like. It's probably my favourite packaging method.



Score: 33






Ratings of other incense by Aargee







Tulasi Frankincense









Standard Tulasi quality. Small sticks decently rolled with charcoal paste onto red dyed sticks and then perfume dipped. Perfume is acceptable, with a reasonable sweet scent of frankincense with a good penetration in the room. Scent can incline to chalky and artificial, but acceptably so. As a cheap everyday scent this is OK. Can be used for several purposes. The tendency for Tulasi to make small packs of eight sticks is a little limiting as eight sticks doesn't really go far, especially as these days I like to have a stick burning in five different rooms in the morning.But I like frankincense, so this stick will work for me, and will likely be my highest scoring Tulasi scent.


Score: 30







More Tulasi reviews

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Mahendra Arora








Modest charcoal rolled and perfume dipped sticks in an attractive floral designed box. A decent strength and pleasant floral and citric aroma with fresh fruit notes. It's clearly artificial, and a little bit too much of roses, which feels a bit old fashioned, but it is a pleasant and versatile smell. Great as an everyday aroma.



Score: 30






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