Monday, 31 December 2018

Veer Sweet Mogra




This perfumed incense has a pleasant and authentic scent of jasmine. All of the Veer incense sticks are decent everyday incense, ideal for burning at any time in the house. This will sweeten a room in the morning, and make it pleasant and welcoming in the afternoon, and create a relaxed and calming mood in the evening.  It's not a divine incense, so it's not one to be use for meditation or aromatherapy, but as a pleasant and welcoming everyday scent, this does the job.

I imported this direct from India, and have it on sale in my eBay shop. Because some of the boxes got damaged in transit, I am selling off all five Veer incense at cost price for £3.99.


Date: Dec 2018  Score:  28
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Veer incense

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Veer Belgian Rose




All the Veer incense are well made decent quality everyday perfumed incense. This has a very pleasant floral aroma informed with dark berry fruit notes. There is a definite awareness of rose, but it's not the old fashioned old ladies knickers sort of rose, this is quite sweet, lively and modern.  I'm selling this on eBay for £2.60 - Buy 1 Get 1 Free.  Or, better yet, all five Veer scents for £3.99, postage included.


Date: Dec 2018  Score:  28
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Veer incense

Best rose incense

Veer Kesar Chandan




It's been a few months since I imported the Veer incense from India, and I've only just got around to listing them for sale on eBay.  The sticks are decent quality, but because of the damage done to some of the packs in transit, I've hesitated about putting them up for sale. Because of the cost of transport from India, and I was only buying a relatively small amount, the individual cost per packet is around 41p. Because of the size of the packs posting them is at least 79p + 17p for the envelope, and then eBay and PayPal take their fees. I've decided to sell them as job lots of damaged stock at all five scents for £3.99, including postage. This is purely cost price, and I'm likely to lose a little bit on the deal, but hopefully not a lot. It's a learning curve.

Anyway, this is a decent sandalwood incense. It is soft, sweet and dreamy, with a fairly authentic sandalwood aroma. It lifts a room and leaves a pleasant, clean, fresh sweet wood scent. I'm not at all embarrassed about the scent or the quality of the sticks, which are all made to a decent standard on modern machinery. It's just the packets themselves which let down the deal.

So, this is an OK everyday perfumed incense.


Date: Dec 2018  Score:  28
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Veer incense


Sandalwood

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Bhagvati Products (Ppure)




Bhagvatti Products are a Mumbai based company founded in 2001 by Mr. Motilal Vasaviaya. The company sells a range of  perfumed incense sticks and cones. It has recently launched a premium  range of masala incense under the brand name of Ppure. This is imported and distributed in the UK by Sifcon International, and sold in markets and hardware stores for less than £2 a packet. They are a bargain!

Reviews

Nagchampa
Score: 41

Black Opium
Score 40

Lavender
Score: 35

Patchouli
Score: 30

Nirvana
Score: 30

Scents reviewed: 5
Highest score: 41
Lowest score: 30
Average score: 37


Contact details:

Bhagvati Products
2/6, Sahyadri Society Shivaji Nagar,
Asalpha Link Road, 
Ghatkopar West
Mumbai -40084.
Tel: +91-9892584137
Email: bhagvatiproducts@gmail.com
info@ppureincense.com 

Bhagvati Ppure Nagchampa




Imported by the market stall wholesalers Sifcon, this is a delightful masala incense by Bhagvati of Mumbai, which is sold in my local hardware shop for the ridiculously low price of  £1.29. Total bargain. Warm and mellow with an authentic creamy dreamy honey-dripping sandalwood supported masala incense scent. Yes, there's hints of halmaddi here, but very soft. This is not demanding masala at all - this is soft and loving. I like this. I like it a lot.


Date: Dec 2018  Score:  41


Nag Champa




Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Sree Vani Sri Akhand Jaap Flexo Bathi





Bought from Pilgrims Fair Trade for £1.50. This is the first incense I have tried from Sree Vani of Bengaluru (Bangalore), who were formed in 1983.

It's a dry, serious incense, with little sweetness. It's quite woody, but not a fragrant woody, rather a woody woody, a bit like cedar, but without the sweetness. It feels sort of crude and cheap, and smells more of burning wood than of incense.

This is more of a functional incense than an aesthetic one. Unless you are inclined to like the smell of dry, base wood burning. Best used to keep flies away when heating outdoors.


Date: Dec 2018 Score: 15

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Moksh Swarna RajaniGandha (Tuberose)




This has an intense floral scent. Floral is not my favourite type of scent, I tend to prefer woody, or musky, or even fruity. And when I do like floral, it tends to be the gentle, delicate, almost fragile sort. This is quite blunt.  The name rajanigandha is Hindi for tuberose, a highly fragrant night flower that has been used as a floral note in perfumes since at least the 17th century. It was used by Marie Antoinette, who imported the tuberose plant from Mexico.  It is known as an overpowering scent, so it is appropriate that this incense captures that feeling of being overwhelmed by heady flowers. The scent is unfamiliar to me, but does remind me of roses and champa - it's like a blend of the two, though leaning more in the direction of rose. 




I quite like this. It's on sale in my eBay shop.


Date: Dec  2018     Score: 33

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Moksh Agarbatti

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  IncenseInTheWind.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Champa


Champa (or frangipani)

Champa indicates a floral incense. While there are several flowers that have the champa name, some of which are used for scent, while others are not,  the main flower indicated when an incense is named Champa  is plumeria or frangipani, a fragrant flowering shrub. Champa is sometimes conflated with Nag Champa, though they are different scents and different flowers. Nag Champa incense scents are based on champaca, which is a plant in the magnolia family.


Reviews




Yadalam Vaastu Champa Dhoop
Score: 37


Moksh Akash Phool
Score: 33



SAC (Sandesh) Champa
Score: 32


Flute Champa
Score: 24


Hari Om Divine Incense Champa
Score: 19


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Best Scents

Champa

Moksh Swarna Divya Sugandh (Divine Fragrance)




I love this. Sometimes a scent just works. Production methods aside, if a scent works for you, it just works, and this Divine Fragrance works for me.

"Brings Heavenly Pleasure"
Divya Sugandh (Divine Fragrance) has a darkly sweet aroma with rich sweet woody tones like agarwood soaked in honey and left to ferment and rot, and blended with corrupting jasmine and jammy rose. There is a dark indulge in this - it's a winter festival scent - somewhere between All Hallows and the Winter Solstice.

I suspect agarwood in this somewhere. And perhaps a bit of pine and myrrh, to give it a lively sharpness.

I do like this. It's on sale in my eBay shop.


Date: Dec  2018     Score: 39

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Moksh Agarbatti

Available in my eBay shop:
  IncenseInTheWind.


Saturday, 1 December 2018

Moksh Swarna Kasturi (Musk)




Moksh are a relatively new incense company, but already they are one of the best sellers in India. This is a machine made perfumed (perfume-dipped as its mainly called in the West) stick. As far as perfumed incense goes, machine made is a better method of making sticks in my experience - the sticks are more consistent and burn more evenly, and the scent tends to be stronger and lasts longer on the stick - perhaps because it is impregnated rather than dipped. The quality of the scent, though, is a different matter.  The actual scent or perfume is distinct from the manufacturing method when considering perfumed incense. All things being equal, machine made is a better way of making perfumed incense, but you can get a machine made incense with a cheap and nasty scent as much as with a hand-rolled, and vice versa.

Kasturi is Hindi for musk

The stick betrays its solvent origins, and when lit it takes a little while to settle down to pick up the musk, and even then the solvent origin can still be detected as a soapy alcohol aroma that remains throughout the burning. While there are some traces of musk in this scent, it feels very floral. It's an decent enough scent; as an everyday perfumed incense, it's OK. I can quite happily light up several of these to refresh the house. It's not heavenly, and will not transcend you to another time and place, but it's not intended to do that. Take it for what it is - a pretty decent everyday room freshener, and it works well enough as that.

Date: Dec  2018     Score: 27 

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Moksh Agarbatti

Available in my eBay shop:
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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Yadalam / Gomaathaa




Sree Yadalam Dhoops Industries of Bangalore (or Bengaluru) were founded in 1999, and use the  Gomaathaa trademark. Gomaatha is the Indian name for the cow as the holy mother, and a cow is used in their trademark. The company went bankrupt in 2012, with the Central Bank of India selling off  some of the companies assets. However, as of 2018, they appear to still be trading.  Though their products have been sold in a variety of online shops in the UK in the past, so may have been imported before 2013 by Aagee, as of Nov 2018, the only available stocks appear to be on the Just Aromatherapy site who have a few left for £1.05 a pack. At one time a Sree Sai Dha Sangam Dhoop Stick by Yadalam was available in America, but not currently, and I don't think they have ever been available in other countries outside India.

The word "Shree", which I have seen on other Indian incense, sometimes written as Shri or Sri, is a polite form of address for people, divine or secular, and in this case refers to the owner, Mr. (or Sree) Yadalam Chakrapani.

While everything I have sampled of theirs has been dhoops, there are trade listings which indicate they also sell joss sticks or agarbatti.  


The Vaastu range of dhoops sticks are pleasant everyday dhoops. There's nothing especially profound or remarkable about the collection, but they are pretty decent dhoops using all natural ingredients, and are well worth trying at the price. The wording on the box is: "Use vaastu dhoop to cure all inherent vaastu faults to remove all ill effects". Curious I looked up vaastu, and found that it is normally written vastu or vaastu shastra, and is an ancient Vedic science of place or direction, similar to feng shui, and was used to guide the architecture of buildings. If there are disturbances in one's life, this may be caused by disharmony within a building - a vastu dosh. Using Vedic principles, harmony can be restored through use of the appropriate elements, which includes the ritual burning of certain incenses such as gugal. While the range is marketed as being functional rather than aesthetic, the quality and naturalness of the ingredients means that they are actually very pleasant. They don't quite reach heavenly, but they are very decent everyday incenses, and it's a shame they have such limited availability.


Reviews


Yadalam Vaastu Champa Thick Dhoop
Score: 37

Yadalam Vaastu Rose Thick Dhoop
Score: 37

Yadalam Vaastu Loban Thick Dhoop
Score: 32


Yadalam Gomaathaa Dhoop Bathi
Score: 32


Yadalam Vaastu Sandal Thick Dhoop
Score: 31

Yadalam Vaastu Lavender Thick Dhoop
Score: 30


Yadalam Vaastu Camphor Thick Dhoop
Score: 26


Yadalam Vaastu Gugal Thick Dhoop
Score: 20


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Contact details:

Person: Mr. Yadalam Chakrapani
Address: No. 3, Survey No.-13, Uttrahalli, Bengaluru - 560061, Karnataka , India
Phone: 91-80-26665920