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Gentlemen…..Do you know which are Fall and Winter fragrances?

There is something to be said for the onset of winter. As the days draw in and the temperature plunges below freezing, there is a real sense of melancholy in the air.
I often enjoy strolling outdoors at this time of year, taking in the smells of the neighborhood and being a part of a bleak landscape painted in hues of gray and midnight blue. The colder months tend to have me reaching for all things that are comforting, familiar and warm. And perfume is no different. I love to smell a great scent on a gentleman, it takes me to another world.

Here, we’ve compiled a short list of fabulous fragrances for  men that are cozy and informal, and are perfect to wear when the mercury plummets below zero.

Bath & Body Works Dark Amber

Earlier this fall, Bath & Body Works launched Dark Amber, a new fragrance for men…

Armani Code Ultimate

Armani Code Ultimate is an intense, luxurious, and more sensual version of Armani Code Man with increased leather notes. A symbol of strength and elegance, seductive and bold—that is the kind of man Giorgio Armani is addressing with this sumptuous scent revealing addictive powerful notes.

Notes:
Grapefruit, Mandarin Orange, Star Anise, Cedar, Cypress, Heliotrope, Olive Blossom, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Guaiac Wood.
Style:
Intense. Luxurious. Sensual.

Hermes Terre d’Hermès

The eau de toilette is a vertical structure built around woody notes. The roots anchor the fragrance while the resins embrace it.
The Pure perfume is a new density which underscores the woody and mineral facets. The vivacity and sparkle of citrus scents enhanced by a note of shiso.

Notes : Woody, Vegetal, Mineral.

Calvin Klein Encounter

Encounter Calvin Klein redefines modern masculinity. It undeniably captures the essence of being a man in all its complexity—the sophisticated layers of confidence, power, and mystery. This distinctive woody fragrance is a new expression of sensuality that is truly addictive and unapologetically masculine.

Notes:

Mandarin, Cardamom, Rum, Pepper, Egyptian Jasmine, Patchouli, Cognac, Agarwood, Atlas Cedarwood, Musk.
Style:
Masculine. Intriguing. Seductive.

Cartier Eau de Cartier Essence de Bois

The new olfactory variation of Eau de Cartier reveals its unexpected ardent woody freshness. Essence de Bois is the unexpected combination of the freshness of water and the warmth of precious wood. This alluring fragrance leaves a lingering trail for him and for her, both fresh and sensual.

Notes:
Yuzu, Bergamot, Violet Leaves, Oud, Violet Flower, Lavender, Ambergris , Patchouli, Musk.
Style:

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme

Made for the man who knows what he wants, this fragrance is a powerful mix of excitement, allure, and sensuality. It awakens the senses with a burst of zesty lemon, cool lavender, and spicy pink pepper. The subtle heart notes then reinforce the fragrance’s clean freshness, creating a bridge to the sensual and provocative woodiness in the base. As it dries down, the scent focuses the hallmark of all Gucci fragrances, patchouli, and mingles alluringly with cedar, sandalwood, and amber. The overall effect is young, stylish, and sexy—a bold and uncompromising fragrance that captures the essence of Gucci.
Fresh. Sensual.

Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue



Vanille Insensée, an electric current runs through the subtle sweetness of vanilla, jasmine, and fresh lime to bond with rich oak moss, woods, and spicy coriander. Complete with a handcrafted leather cap and a removable pump that allows for splash or spray use, this cologne brings to mind breathtaking and magical moments.

Notes:
Lime, Cedrat. Coriander, Jasmine, Vetiver, Oak Moss, Vanilla, Oak Wood, Amber.
Style:
Magical. Evocative. Electric.

Ralph Lauren Polo Black-This modern, daring fragrance is a bold fusion of iced mango, silver armoise, and patchouli noir.

Notes:
Iced Mango, Silver Armoise, Patchouli Noir.
Style:
Modern. Daring. Bold.

Burberry London for Men -A timeless signature scent for the modern gentleman who exudes natural confidence and a sophisticated manner. This understated and refined amber woody fragrance is fresh and masculine on top, creates a seductive, natural sexiness at its heart, and combines unique base notes to create a timeless, signature scent.

Notes:
Bergamot, Lavender, Cinnamon Leaves, Black Pepper, Mimosa, Leather, Port Wine, Guaiac Wood, Oakmoss, Tobacco, Opopanax.
Style:
Elegant. Refined. Timeless

Calvin Klein ck one Shock For Him

The ck one kids are still in the box, but the lights are off. Add neon glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark lights for a night of fun, excitement, and skin.
Notes:
Sparkling Clementine, Lavender, Cucumber Mid Notes: Osmathus Absolute, Black Pepper Cardamom, Black Basil, Tobacco Absolute, Patchouli, Cashmere, Musk.
Style:
Smooth. Energetic. Sexy.

 

Fahrenheit Absolute by Christian Dior
Here, the masculine Dior favorite Fahrenheit has been reinterpreted and the volume turned up to 10! With sensual notes of violet, oud, sandalwood, incense and myrrh, this is the perfect scent to wear out on a date, or at home in front of a cozy fire!

 

M7 by Yves Saint Laurent
There is nothing shy and retiring about M7! Feel the rising warmth summoned by notes of mandarin, amber, mosses, oud and other precious woods. Perfect for romantic nights out.

So, as you begin pulling your winter coats and scarves out of storage for the season, spritz on something reassuring and warm – just to see you through until the vibrant colors and aromas of spring are around us once more.

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Do you have a Favorite Calvin Klein Scent?

Calvin Klein has been introducing his fragrances for men and women over the years and has remained a top seller among the market of fragrances. Calvin Klein’s fragrances entice us with refreshing blends of exotic flowers, herbs, spices, and scents of the woods that create the distinct aroma of Calvin Klein’s perfumes fitting the various moods of a men and women all over the world. A favorite among many, Calvin never seems to keep us excited and in love with his perfume collections.

His collections include the Eternity perfumes that were introduced in 1988 for men and women designed with the scents of vitalizing blends of fresh flowers. Eternity is the perfect touch to inspire any day. In 1985, Obsession revitalized the senses with a refreshing blend of aromas of the orient. This collection is also recommended for invigorating your day and carries the scent of the most exotic oriental scents. Included is Obsession Night that has a smooth blend of patchouli, cardamom, leather, black suede, and the warm scent of the woods. The fragrances of Calvin Klein can bring warmth and nature into your day. The latest, Euphoria collection is a seductive and brings new meaning to the modern day idea of sexiness. The fresh blends of oriental accents carry the fragrance of a modern freshness. Ginger, sage, black basil, cedar leaf, and amber are just some of the exotic plants used to create this seductive fragrance.

Calvin Klein is dedicated to only inspiring the best of fragrances. His fragrances will always be a classic to many and bring inspiration to lives through his natural and contemporary scents. Major shops and specialty shops prize the collections of Calvin Klein. Known all over the world for his wonderful aromas, people will continue to fall in love with the wonderful fragrances created by Calvin Klein.

The Fall Season is here….Do You Like Spicy Scents?

As the weather is getting cooler, a spicy, woody fragrance is something I’ve been looking for, for say, the past week or so.  What fragrance are you warming up to this season as the weather gets cooler?

Here are some scents I think will work best to cozy on up to with the chilly upcoming season.

First up on the list is ALIEN by Thierry Mugler.  Alien is a gorgeous scent, mysterious and magical, with a composition consisting of warm white amber, woodsy notes, and Indian Jasmine.  What I really love about this one is the combination of vanilla, amber, and orange blossom notes with the hint of woods to create a spicy, oriental scent that is not too overpowering.

Next up on the list…..Sensous Estee Lauder perfume, a woody, floral yet sweet scent. Like the bottle, the fragrance is very simple and elegant, with notes of magnolia, ghost lily accord, honey molten woods, jasmine petals, sandalwood, amber, juicy mandarin pulp, and black pepper.  The woodsy scent is subtle, but sensuous.

Next? This hard to find fragrance, Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant is a warm, sweet and spicy scent that is considered a ‘spicy floral’ fragrance.  The combination of airy mandarin, cumin, clove, ylang-ylang, licorice, mango and heliotrope wrapped in patchouli, vanilla, amber and cashmere, create a lovely  intense and sensual trace.  Is this the ‘one’?

Lastly, this woodsy, oriental fragrance by Prada is based on amber.  This is the kind of fragrance that sweeps you off of your feet. It’s a very heavy, sharp yet balmy, woody scent, and might I add, is quite long-lasting. The four main ‘essences’ of the fragrance are Indian sandalwood, Indonesian patchouli, French labdanum resin, and Siam benzoin.

 

Need Ideas for a holiday gift giving?

If you like to surprise your friends and family with new fragrance gifts, Here’s some ideas:

Khloe and Lamar tasted the sweet success after the Unbreakable perfume release, and tried their hands at launching a new unisex fragrance with a fresher and lighter composition, Unbreakable Joy.  Khloe and Lamar Unbreakable Joy is all about a joyful, flirty and nice perfume with a modern and pleasant aroma.

 According to Khloe: “Our goal was to create a scent that embodies that wonderful feeling of pure love, happiness, and joy that this time of year is all about.”

Khloe and Lamar Unbreakable Joy is a freshly spicy perfume composed of champagne, geranium, jasmine, chocolate truffle, vanilla, cedar and musk. It comes in a red colored bottle decorated with white dots inspiring a party fragrance.

Khloe and Lamar Unbreakable Joy will be available in 100 ml Eau de Toilette.

VERSACE

Luxurious fashion label Versace launches a new fragrance for men, Eros. Versace Erosis a truly powerful, masculine and provocative fragrance inspired by the Greek mythology. This fragrance is full of passion and desire – one capable of turning an instant into eternity.Eros by Versace is created by perfumer Aurelien Guichard of Givaudan as a woody, fresh and oriental fragrance with an instant and captivating charm.

“Eros is truly the DNA of the house of Versace.” “We have a Greek motive making us think about ancient Greece, antiquities and mythology, while turquoise color represents the Mediterranean. That is Versace!” – explains Donatella.

Versace Eros perfectly mixes mint oil with fresh green apple and Italian lemon making it a vibrant fruity burst. The middle is made of Tonka combined with Venezuelan ambroxan and geranium flowers. Versace Eros is advertised by handsome model Brian Shimansky. This fragrance will fit men with strong goals, heroes and independent.

Versace Eros will be available in 50 and 100ml Eau de Toilette

ROBERTO CAVALLI

“Perfume is a part of my fashion. Every woman should have my dress and every woman needs a Cavalli perfume.”—Roberto Cavalli

Famous and talented fashion designer Roberto Cavalli will present its new feminine and astounding perfume for women in 2013 named Just Cavalli. Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli is the 2nd fragrance in collaboration with the house of Coty with a sexy, soft and seductive aroma. This fresh flowery perfume emanates a delicate, modern and nice aroma ideal for women who love being in the center of attention.

Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli is created by perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Fabrice Pellegrin as a creamy/floral perfume. It opens with drops of neroli accentuated by heart notes of Tahitian tiare flowers and soft and sensual rosewood accords in the end. Just Cavalli comes in a modern crystal bottle, half of it covered with gold-colored metal and another half transparent pink. The sweet and beautiful perfume is being fronted by Georgia May Jagger.

Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli will be available in30, 50 and 75ml Eau de Toilette.

Forever Red – the new hot, passionate and alluring perfume for women launched by Bath & Body Works. Bath & Body

Works Forever Red has an eye-catching, inviting and feminine design that will forever attract women’s attention.

“Our most luxurious longest lasting fragrance blends opulent notes of fiery red pomegranate and delicate peche de vigne, a rare and fleeting French peach. Soft petals of red osmanthus give way to notes of addictive velvety marshmallow and a surprising finale of rich vanilla rum that leaves an unforgettable impression.”

Bath & Body Works Forever Red is also blending apple, peony, marigold and oak notes. It comes in an intense red/bordo color bottle with a nice ribbon adorned between the stopper and the body. Forever Red will definitely be a good and strong accessory in the hands of any woman.

Bath & Body Works Forever Red is available in 75ml Eau de Parfum and 236ml Fragrance Mist.

  COACH

 

 

 This year,Coach Poppy Blossom by Coach will show up in a very delicate, feminine appearance with a flowery/ sweet aroma. Coach Poppy Blossom is the new flanker to the originalCoach Poppy launched in 2010. The new perfume is fresher, modern, funnier yet elegant. This fragrance is a truly beautiful and gorgeous perfume for women.

Coach Poppy Blossom by Coach opens with amazing delicious notes of litchi, mara, strawberry, mandarin and freesia along with lily of the valley, Centifolia rose, tuberose, gardenia and Sambac jasmine. The base indulges and calms with praline, vanilla, blonde woods and musky notes. Coach Poppy Blossom comes in a pale peach color bottle adorned with a huge red flower around the stopper inspiring a delicate and nice feminine design.

Coach Poppy Blossom by Coach will be available in 30, 50 and 100ml Eau de Parfum.

Perfume Vs. Body Oil- Which Do You Prefer?

 

 Perfume Vs. Body Oil- Which One Do You Prefer? 

Even in good times, purchasing perfumes or colognes is sometimes considered a bad purchase. They can be overpriced, diluted, and overbearing. On the other hand, perfume oils can also be the best purchase you make. These oils contain no alcohol (perfumes and colognes have at least eighty to ninety percent alcohol content), are reasonably priced, and are not overbearing. These perfumes are a smart buy, because they do not contain alcohol, fillers and over-hyped packaging.

Here is an interesting tidbit of information: when a perfume or cologne is created, the name and the packaging are trademarked but the scent is not. This is a Supreme Court decision- the scent belongs to nature, not to the manufacturer. As long as a disclaimer is presented explaining that the product is not the original perfume or cologne, it is one hundred percent legal to copy a scent. So anyone can copy the scent, but the key is using the right instruments and raw materials (essential oils) to create quality perfume oil. Unfortunately, from the Seventies to the present, cheap imitations and replicas have given the public a negative impression when comparing these scents to the originals.

Here is a comparison chart that will illustrate the differences between perfumes and perfume oils:

Perfume Oils 

Reasonably priced
Alcohol-free
Less likely to cause allergic reactions
Long-lasting (6-15 hours)
A cleaner, richer, and truer scent
Longer shelf-life
Scent more constant
Growing in popularity
Majority are non-flammable

Vs.

Perfume 
(Based on designer perfumes)

Overpriced
80-97 percent alcohol
Not long-lasting (only 1-3 hours)
Harsh, overbearing, and overpowering scent
A short shelf-life due to alcohol evaporation
“Sophisticated” packaging in fact has a negative effect on the environment
High chance of causing allergic reactions
Many low-quality imitations and duplications
Highly flammable

Yet “Grade A” perfumes are different. These “Grade A” perfumes and colognes are created from perfume oils, so they not only smell exactly like the originals but are actually better. They are becoming the hottest alternative to perfumes and colognes- the public has caught on and the demand is growing. Perfume oils are now a mainstream product. For about 1/20 of the price, consumers are a buying a product that is purer, longer-lasting and not overbearing. Consumers that purchase perfume oils rarely buy perfumes and colognes again. Since perfume oils are reasonably priced, it is not unusual for someone to have between ten and thirty perfume oils in their collection, from hard-to-find classics and discontinued scents, to recent releases. An additional advantage of perfume oils is that those consumers that are allergic to perfumes and colognes are rarely allergic to perfume oils. People may be allergic to perfumes and colognes due to the high content of alcohol found in the product.

Body or Perfume oils are a mainstream product and are growing in popularity each day. I won’t judge other companies but I believe there are only a few companies selling mediocre oils . What I did find out that many of these companies are claiming that they have the best oils, or that they are #1 on the web. Some have no phone numbers, no address or other crucial information, or are open only a few hours a day.  The only way one can tell if they are receiving quality oils would be, try them on.  There is no other way. Looking at it, shaking for bubbles, seeing how thick it is, or holding it to the light are all methods that are a waste of time and ineffective. All perfume oils have three notes, what you smell on your body immediately is the first note, 15 minutes to 30 minutes after putting it on your skin is the second note, and the final note, which takes about 2 hours, is what can be considered the actual scent that is produced on your skin.  Excellent quality body oils will show themselves over time. Time is the best indicator, and customers will come back for more, and a reputation will be earned and built.

When looking on the Internet, I made another observation: some companies sell two different grades of oil.  Companies are selling the oils at high end price, i.e. $120-$200 an ounce, claiming it to be the most natural, purest and best grade on the market. Of course, everyone is entitled to a living and there is a market for everyone, but even the best perfume oils at retail prices should not be that high.

So the best advice to everyone that I would offer is to buy small at first to test the oils or see if you can request or buy samples to compare. Now some companies will not do this for many reasons, so use your best judgment. Also, ask around or read comments and blogs on the net to see which companies are selling the best quality body oils. Like everything else in life, eventually you will find the best form.

Enjoy your favorite fragrance, Oil or Perfume!

How to Store your Body Oils

Fragrance Oil, like other cosmetics, has a shelf life if you are not mindful of how to preserve it. But unlike most makeup, it can be hard to replace, extremely expensive, and once something happens to it, there’s no putting it back together. Because fragrance oil is so vulnerable to degradation from a number of factors, smart storage practices are important. Many distributors may cut the fragrance with an additive. No need to worry, ScentSationals believes in PURE product! Want to know how to keep your favorite fragrance oil smelling exactly as they should for as long as possible? Here’s what to do.

  • Do not transfer it to a plastic container of any kind. The glass bottle will keep your fragrance potent
  • Keep them away from temperature extremes. The best temperature is a good bit colder than a comfortable room, around 55-60 degrees. If you want the perfect conditions, try storing your fragrance in a drawer.
  • Don’t put them in your bathroom. It makes sense to put your favorite perfume on your sink, but it’s actually not a good idea. Bathrooms are hot and humid, which makes them prime areas for breaking down the fragrance’s molecules and introducing bacteria.
  • Keep your stuff in the dark. Light exposure degrades lots of molecules, including those in most fragrances. So keeping your scents somewhere with little to no light exposure is best.
  • Keep Caps on the bottles. Keep the caps on the bottles after each use so that it will not to affect the fragrance ingredients.


Which Form Of Incense Is Best and What Is The Difference?

Production is quite the opposite for direct-burning incense. In addition to producing a pleasant scent when burnt, this type of incense must burn completely to a cool white ash with a stable ember. Ideally the incense should burn slowly and evenly with no trace of the supporting core after burning. In order to obtain these desired combustion qualities, attention has to be paid to certain proportions in direct burning incense mixtures:

  • Oil content: Resinous materials such as myrrh and frankincense must not exceed the amount of dry materials in the mixture to such a degree that the incense will not smolder and burn.[ The higher the oil content relative to the dry mass, the less likely the mixture is to burn effectively. Typically the resinous or oily substances are balanced with “dry” materials such as wood, bark and leaf powders.
  • Oxidizer quantity: The amount of chemical oxidizer in gum-bound incense must be carefully proportioned. If too little, the incense will not ignite, and if too much, the incense will burn too quickly and not produce fragrant smoke.
  • Mixture density: Incense mixtures made with natural binders must not be combined with too much water in mixing, or over-compressed while being formed, which would result in either uneven air distribution or undesirable density in the mixture, causing the incense to burn unevenly, too slowly, or too quickly
  • Particulate size: The incense mixture has to be well pulverized with similarly sized particulates. Uneven and large particulates result in uneven burning and inconsistent aroma production when burned.
  • Binder: Water-soluble binders such as “makko” (抹香・末香) have to be used in the right proportion to make sure that the incense mixture does not crumble when dry but also that the binder does not take up too much of the mixture.

Some kinds of direct-burning incense are created from “incense blanks” made of unscented combustible dust immersed into any suitable kind of essential or fragrance oil. These are often sold in America by flea-market and sidewalk vendors who have developed their own styles. Such items are often known as “dipped” or “hand-dipped” incense. This form of incense requires the least skill and equipment to manufacture, since the blanks are pre-formed in China or South East Asia, then simply scented with essential oils.

Compressed forms

Incense mixtures can be extruded or pressed into shapes. Small quantities of water are combined with the fragrance and incense base mixture and kneaded into a hard dough. The incense dough is then pressed into shaped forms to create cone and smaller coiled incense, or forced through a hydraulic press for solid stick incense. The formed incense is then trimmed and slowly dried. Incense produced in this fashion has a tendency to warp or become misshapen when improperly dried, and as such must be placed in climate-controlled rooms and rotated several times through the drying process.

Cored sticks

Traditionally, the bamboo cores of cored stick incense is prepared by hand from the clums of Phyllostachys heterocycla cv. pubescens (茅竹,江南竹) since this species produces thick wood and easily burns to ashes in the incense stick. Through this process, known as “splitting the foot of the incense stick” (剖香腳), the bamboo is trimmed to length, soaked, peeled, and then continuously split in halves until thin sticks of bamboo with square cross sections of less than 3mm ]This process has been largely been replaced by machines in modern incense production.

In the case of cored incensed sticks, several methods are employed to coat the sticks cores with incense mixture:

  • Paste rolling: A wet, malleable paste of incense mixture is first rolled into a long, thin coil, using a paddle. Then, a thin stick is put next to the coil and the stick and paste are rolled together until the stick is centered in the mixture and the desired thickness is achieved. The stick is then cut to the desired length and dried.
  • Powder-coating: Powder-coating is used mainly to produce cored incense of either larger coil (up to 1 meter in diameter) or cored stick forms. A bundle of the supporting material (typically thin bamboo or sandalwood slivers) is soaked in water or a thin water/glue mixture for a short time. The thin sticks are then evenly separated, then dipped into a tray of incense powder, consisting of fragrance materials and occasionally a plant-based binder. The dry incense powder is then tossed and piled over the stick while they are spread apart. The sticks are then gently rolled and packed to maintain roundness while more incense powder is repeatedly tossed onto the sticks. Three to four layers of powder are coated onto the sticks, forming a 2 mm thick layer of incense material on the stick. The coated incense is then allowed to dry in open air. Additional coatings of incense mixture can be applied after each period of successive drying. Incense sticks that are burned in temples of Chinese folk religion produced in this fashion can have a thickness between 2 to 4 millimeters.
  • Compression: A damp powder is mechanically formed around a cored stick by compression, similar to the way uncored sticks are formed. This form is becoming more commonly found due to the higher labor cost of producing powder-coated or paste-rolled sticks.

Burning incense

For indirect-burning incense, pieces of the incense are burned by placing them directly on top of a heat source or on a hot metal plate in a censer orthurible.

In Japan a similar censer called a egōro (柄香炉?) is used by several Buddhist sects. The egōro is usually made of brass with a long handle (柄 e?)) and no chain. Instead of charcoal, makkō powder is poured into a depression made in a bed of ash. The makkō is lit and the incense mixture is burned on top. This method is known as Sonae-kō (Religious Burning).

For direct-burning incense, the tip or end of the incense is ignited with a flame or other heat source until the incense begins to turn into ash at the burning end. Flames on the incense are then fanned or blown out, with the incense continuing to burn flamelessly on its own.

Chinese incense

For over two thousand years, the Chinese have used incense (Chinese: 香; pinyin: xiāng; meaning “fragrance; aroma; perfume; spice; incense”) in religious ceremonies, ancestor veneration, Traditional Chinese medicine, and daily life.

Agarwood (沈香; chénxiāng) and sandalwood (檀香; tánxiāng) are the two most important ingredients in Chinese incense.

Along with the introduction of Buddhism in China came calibrated incense sticks and incense clocks (香鐘;xiāngzhōng; “incense clock”; or 香印; xiāngyìn; “incense seal”). The poet Yu Jianwu 庾肩吾 (487-551) first recorded them: “By burning incense we know the o’clock of the night, With graduated candles we confirm the tally of the watches.” The use of these incense timekeeping devices spread from Buddhist monasteries into Chinese secular society.

It is incorrect to assume that the Chinese only burn incense in the home before the family shrine. In Taoist traditions, incense is inextricably associated with the ‘yin’ energies of the dead, temples, shrines, and ghosts. Therefore, Taoist Chinese believe burning undedicated incense in the home attracts the dreaded hungry ghosts, who consume the smoke and ruin the fortunes of the family.

However, since Neolithic times, the Chinese have evolved using incense not only for religious ceremonies, but also for personal and environmental aromatherapy. Although misrepresented until recent studies, Chinese incense art is now regarded as one of the esteemed Chinese art forms – next to calligraphy, tea, flower arrangements, antiquities, etc.

Indian incense

An Oriental Orthodox congregation in India processes outside its church with palm fronds on Palm Sunday with incense.

Indian incense can be divided into two categories: masala and charcoal.

Masala incenses are made by blending several solid scented ingredients into a paste and then rolling that paste onto a bamboo core stick. These incenses usually contain little or no liquid scents (which can evaporate or diminish over time).

Charcoal incenses are made by dipping an unscented “blank” (non-perfume stick) into a mixture of perfumes and/or essential oils. These blanks usually contain a binding resin that holds the sticks’ ingredients together. Most charcoal incenses are black in color.

Jerusalem temple incense

Ketoret was the incense offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and is stated in the Book of Exodus as a mixture ofstacte, onycha, galbanum and frankincense.

Tibetan incense

Tibetan incense refers to a common style of incense found in Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. These incenses have a characteristic “earthy” scent to them. Ingredients vary from cinnamon, clove, and juniper, to kusum flower, ashvagandha, or sahi jeera.

Many Tibetan incenses are thought to have medicinal properties. Their recipes come from ancient Vedic texts that are based on even older Ayurvedicmedical texts. The recipes have remained unchanged for centuries.

Japanese incense

In Japan incense appreciation folklore includes art, culture, history, and ceremony. It can be compared to and has some of the same qualities as music, art, or literature. Incense burning may occasionally take place within the tea ceremony, just like Calligraphy, Ikebana, and Scroll Arrangement. However the art of incense appreciation or Koh-do, is generally practiced as a separate art form from the tea ceremony, however usually practiced within a tea room of traditional Zen design.

Agarwoodand sandalwood  are the two most important ingredients in Japanese incense. Agarwood is known as “Jinkō” in Japan, which translates as “incense that sinks in water”, due to the weight of the resin in the wood. Sandalwood is one of the most calming incense ingredients and lends itself well to meditation. It is also used in the Japanese tea ceremony. The most valued Sandalwood comes from Mysore in the state of Karnataka in India.

Another important ingredient in Japanese incense is kyara.  The one kind of agarwood (Japanese incense companies divide agarwood into 6 categories depending on the region obtained and properties of the agarwood). Kyara is currently worth more than its weight in gold.

Some terms used in Japanese incense culture include:

Incense Arts: 

  • Agarwood:  – from heartwood from Aquilaria trees, unique, the incense wood most used in incense ceremony, other names are: lignum aloes or aloeswood, gaharu, jinko, or oud.
  • Censer/Incense burner: – usually small and used for heating incense not burning, or larger and used for burning
  • Charcoal: – only the odorless kind is used.
  • Incense woods:– a naturally fragrant resinous wood.