Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Friday, 17 January 2014
These are deliciously candy-sweet and very fruity. There is a pleasant balancing woody note so the sweetness doesn't become too cloying. The sticks fragrance the room quite pleasantly, and are good for morning or daytime use in the living room, or for use while soaking in the bath. This is a box of eight sticks bought for 50p from Greenwich Market. GR International incenses tend to be pleasant rather than exquisite, and while cheap to buy, not always good value as they don't burn for long. I am, however, overall quite pleased with GR International products, and will continue to look out for them.
Friday, 10 January 2014
Pack of around 26 dhoop sticks, about five inches long - which is a decent size: easy to handle and store, yet long enough to give a good value burn. I got these for £3.99 from my local shop - though they can be bought for £2.50 online at shamaniclifestyle.com or tradewindsorientalshop.co.uk, or a pack of three for £6.99 from eBay. The best deal is from one of my favourite sources -justaromatherapy.co.uk, who do it for £2.20, and have a wide range of other Tibetan sticks.
The sticks are by Sumati Padma, who also make Sumati Padma Tibetan Incense - very cheap and cheerful incense; a little crude, but quite enjoyable. This Harati is way better quality. A much more refined aroma - very pleasant and fresh and natural, inclining toward dried grass and, well, dried grass (or cannabis). On burning there are distinct sweet notes of coconut. Lovely. My only complaint is that the smoke can be a little dry and intense in small spaces, so this is an incense that is better used in large rooms - or spaces which are well ventilated.
An intensely perfumed pack - these do smell interesting and pleasant on the stick, even if the mood doesn't generally relate to the one stated on the box; however, on burning, they tend to smell old, oily, smoky, rubbery, and generally not as pleasant as the stick. The best two are Relaxing and Refreshing; the worse two are Sensuality and Meditation. Score: 24
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After my initial rating (Sumati Padma Tibetan Incense) in April 2013, I kept the sticks in the kitchen, as that feels the most appropriate place for them. Over time I came to appreciate their earthy aroma more and more while cooking, or to clean up the room in the morning, and would reach for them in preference over other sticks I had rated slightly higher. Now they are finished I want to buy them again, and was disappointed when I went into my local shop to get some more, that they didn't have any. But I have bought some other "Tibetan" incense to try out.
New score: 30 Friday, 10 January 2014
Highly fragrant perfume dipped stick. This is a pleasant and relaxing aroma - warm and sweet, reminiscent of bees wax polish and honey; there are also wood notes in a sensual musky base. Most suitable for burning in the evening either for relaxing or for creating an intimate atmosphere, though pleasant and gentle enough for burning at any time and in any room.
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Square box of eight sticks - 50p from Greenwich Market. Fengshui is a popular incense series - GR International have five different aromas in the series. These are black hand-rolled blanks, with are then perfume dipped. Pleasant soapy camphor notes on the stick; the camphor notes come through on burning, blended with musk, sandalwood and patchouli producing a warm, relaxing scent. This is pleasant and flexible enough for any time of day, though would be more appropriate for the evening - either living room or bedroom. Nice.