Sunday, 12 October 2014

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Aromatika Ace Scents Frankincense & Myrrh

The cheap plastic packaging combined with the machine dipped sticks with chemical scents is not encouraging, but these sticks are among my favourites. The scent is very pleasing (I adore Frankincense & Myrrh so much), and is just the right amout so it is strong enough to be noticed but not overwhelm.

Made by Aromatika, an Indian company based in Jaipur who have been making incense for over 30 years.

Score: 40

Friday, 26 September 2014

Tulasi Magnolia

Magnolia is known as the colour that letting and estate agents like to encourage owners to paint their homes as it is inoffensive. Yes. Lacking in character. And that's the same here with this incense.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Score: 10

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Metro Woods

There's a citric bergamont tang to these sticks, slightly reminiscent of toilet cleaner or antiseptic. They are handrolled with charcoal paste and then perfume dipped in chemical scent.  Made by the Metro Agarbatti Company of Karachi, Pakistan. The scent when burning is best suited to the toilet area. It is a little cold, chemical, and blends in well with toilet cleaning products. This is not an incense to be used in other areas of the house, other than perhaps to cover up cat sick. 

Score: 20

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Mahendra Betco Mogra

 Artificial mogra (jasmine) perfume dipped sticks from Mahendra Perfumery Works of Bangalore. These are solidly made basic incense sticks. Handrolled from charcoal on chunky sticks which just have the tips dyed green. There's a lack of style or grace about Mahendra's products, but in general they are decent, workable, low cost everyday incense. This one doesn't quite work for me - it's a little too assertive, and in the wrong way. It asserts its chemical origins, and makes the room smell damp and cheap and slightly off.

Score: 20

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Mahendra Gulabi

Strongly perfumed stick by Mahendra Perfumery Works of Bangalore, who also make the Belco range of sticks. Strong box packet, shrink wrapped to keep the sticks fresh. The sticks are chunky and generous. producing a pleasant though fairly average scent. The scent is OK, but nothing special; floral notes, mostly rose, some citric. The perfume is chemical, but not harsh. This is an acceptable everyday incense - slightly sharp, so more of a morning or early afternoon use than anything else. It's not one to create moods, the floral nature inhibits use in the kitchen, and the scent is not strong enough to suggest use for covering up smells. A simple morning scent to liven up the senses seems the best use.

Score: 20

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Betco Rose

This is a pleasant rose scented incense stick. There is a distinct rose perfume scent - not sickly, not overpowering, and not too chemical smelling. The sticks burn a decent length of time, with a decent amount of scent that gently perfumes and lifts a room, but does not dominate. The scent is gentle, relaxed, clean, and can be used any time of day, and would suit a variety of moods. As it is a little perfumed and floral, probably not best for the kitchen, but living room, bathroom or bedroom are ideal.

I'd be happy to buy these again.

Score: 30