Wednesday, 31 December 2014

(Mahendra) Betco Annamayya

Pack bought from as part of a mixed lot, working out at around 70p for the packet. There are two aromas, a green tipped one and a red tipped one. Around 10 sticks of each. The sticks are crudely and cheaply hand rolled onto flimsy sticks. The chemical base of each aroma is quite apparent, giving them a ambiance of toilet cleaner. The red is the more floral, fragrant and pleasant, though on burning it is the core material that is more noticeable, than the dipped perfume. It's an OK scent, reminiscent of rose. The green is like pine toilet cleaner, and is a little sharp and a little harsh.

Overall a cheap and not unpleasant packet. The box is colourful and attractively decorated. They make an acceptable everyday background scent - not too heavy, and reasonably attractive. For the price, they are worth buying if nothing else is around, but they are not sticks to seek out.

Score: 20

Mahendra Betco - Best of

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Mahendra Betco - Best of

Mahendra Perfumery Works of Bangalore were formed in 1921. Betco International is their export division.


Betco Hanuman
 Score: 35

Mahendra Bhajan
Score: 33

Betco Saraswathi
 Score: 33

Ancient Wisdom
Freedom Nag Champa
 (P): 31

Betco Bouquet
Score: 31

Mahendra Arora
Score: 30

Betco Rose
 Score: 30

Betco Annamayya
 Score: 20

Betco Mogra
 Score: 20

Mahendra Gulabi
Score: 20

Score: 17

Scents rated: 10
Top score: 35
Low score: 17
Average: 26

Conclusion: A well established perfume-dipped incense maker who make pleasant products for everyday use. While nothing special, the scents are a little better than average.  I'm happy to continue to explore.


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Pan Aroma Sandalwood

56p from my local hardware store. Hex box - no number or weight marked on box - probably from a gift set, in which case there would be sixteen sticks. Pan Aroma is a brand owned by Manchester based company, 151Products Ltd. Sticks are machine machine, so are very even. The perfume is OK, a gentle sandalwood, rather crisp, almost acrid, which gives it some punch. However, it's so mild it makes little impact, and is best used as a very subtle background scent. It's a sensual relaxing scent, so would be good for the bedroom, or in the evening. I wouldn't seek these out, but would be OK buying again at this price if I saw some in a shop.

Score: 30



Friday, 12 December 2014

Ranga Rao Flute Champa

Bought for 56p for 20 sticks from my local hardware shop, this has a chemical toilet cleaner deodorant aroma on the stick, though burns more pleasantly, with wood tones and some hint of scorching wool. Champa is the Indian name for the flower frangipani (also known as plumeria). This is a fairly simple and basic incense stick which while not being offensive, offers little.

Date: Dec 2014  Score: 24


Ranga Rao (Flute)

Ranga Rao Flute Thousand Flowers

A sweet floral aroma - quite artificial, but acceptable. It's a pleasant and calming aroma, suitable for everyday background or for covering up toilet odours. Purchased from my local hardware store for 56p for a box of 20. Good value. I'd be OK with buying this again. It's not one to seek out, but if its there in the shop at a cheap price, it's worth buying.

Date: Dec 2014  Score: 30

Best floral incense

Ranga Rao (Flute)

Ranga Rao (Flute)

N. Ranga Rao & Sons Exports of Mumbai have been selling incense since 1948, and export to 60 countries. They use Flute, Cycle, Lia and Angel brand names, and also make Woods and Rhythm brand incense.

Cycle Brand

Cycle Brand Yagna Natural Incense
Score: 40

Clove Brand

Ranga Rao Clove Brand Lotus (P)

Flute Brand

Flute Thousand Flowers
 Score: 30

Flute Champa
Score: 24

Scents tried: 7
Highest: 40
Lowest: 24
Average: 28