Incense Reviews Index

This page is the master index for Olfactory Rescue Service Reviews. I’ll add to it as time permits, including redoing older, more informal thoughts.

BHUTAN

Boudha Tibetan Incense

Drezang Kuenchap
 
Lhundup
Mentsi Khang
Nado Poizokhang

Shri Lhoman Ngagyur Nyingma Buddhist Charitable Society of Bhutan

Tsenden Poe Zoekhang

CHINA

Huitong

INDIA

Anand

BIC

Damodhar & Co.

Dhuni

Goloka

Incense from India

Incense Works

Janak Perfumery Works

Kala Perfumery Works

Krishna Store

Maroma

The Mother’s India Fragrances

Mysore Sugandhi

Mystic Temple

N. Ranga Rao & Sons

Nikhil

Nitiraj

Padmini

Parekh Perfumery Works

Primo

Pure-Incense

Purelands

Puspa Perfumery Products

R-Expo

Raj Laxmi

Ramakrishnanda

Sarathi Perfumery Works

Scent of Samadhi

Shah Agarbatti

Shantimalai

Shrinivas Sugandhalaya

Shroff Channabasappa

Small Happy Eagle Enterprises

Song of India

Sree Yadalam Dhoop Industries

Surya Trading

Triloka

Vijayshree Fragrance

JAPAN

Awaji-Baikundo

Awaji Koh-Shi

Baieido

Daihatsu

Les Encens du Monde

Gyokushodo

Keigado

Kikijudo

Kogyokudo

Kokando

  • Rangetsu (see Encens du Monde Jade Orchid)

Kunjudo

Kunmeido

Kyukyodo

Minorien

Nihon Senko Seizo

Nippon Kodo

Saraike Kunbutsudo

Scents of Japan

Seijudo

Seikado

Seikundo

Shochikudo (Koho)

Shorindo

Shoyeido

Shunkodo/Shunkohdo

Tahodo

Taikado Koho

Tennendo

Yamadamatsu

Unknown

KOREA

Sam-Sung

NEPAL

Boudha Tibetan Incense

Dhoop Factory

The Direct Help Foundation

Doma

Himalayan Herbs Centre

Khachoe Ghaklil Ling Nunnery

Mandala Art & Incense

Mandala Trading

Shechen

Tengboche

Thrangu Tara Abbey

Tibetan Yak

Stupa Incense Industry

Yog-Sadhana

Pilgrim, Heritage

Aajudyo Dhupayan Rope Incense

Pure Frank Incense, Pure Aromatic Jasmine, Pure Aromatic Pine, Pure Aromatic Vetivert

SAUDI ARABIA

Al Haramain

TAIWAN

Bosen

TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION

TIBET/BRAZIL

TIBET/INDIA

Dhundup Wangyal

Drepung Loseling

Kaqyupda Monastery/Drikung Charitable Society

Lucky Incense Co.

Menri Monastery

Men-Tsee-Khang

(Friends of) Nub Gon Monastery

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery

Zongkar Choede

TIBET/TAIWAN

Zambala

UAE

Swiss Arabian

UNITED STATES

Ancient Forest

Fred Soll

Gonesh

Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Resin Blends)

Incienso de Santa Fe

Mermade Magickal Arts

Nu Essence

*Incenses marked by an asterix on this page are not currently imported to the US.

PERFUME

Mystery of Musk (Perfumes) 
Intro 
Part 1 
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Mandy Aftel..The Room of Many Bottles Full of Good Smells
Fifth Anniversary of the Natural Perfumers Guild

Ouds

Oud – An Introuduction
Oud: Regional Profiling
On the Boardwalk

TOPICAL/MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES

Everything’s Coming Up Roses – A Valentine’s Day Tribute to the Flower of Love
Musk Scented Incenses – Japan
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MONTHLY TOP 10/TOPICAL BEST OF YEAR LISTS

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13 Comments

  1. Christoper said,

    April 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    When I initially commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are
    added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I receive four emails with
    the same comment. There has to be an easy method you can remove me
    from that service? Thank you!

    • Mike said,

      April 8, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Christopher, you’d need to do that from your own dashboard, it’s out of our hands.

  2. Sara said,

    November 26, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Hello,

    Nice list of incense. I missed just palos santo wood itself as a good incense example.

    Blessings, Sara

  3. July 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm

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  4. Mike said,

    August 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Reviews Index Current to 8/5

  5. Mike said,

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Index current to today!

  6. Mike said,

    November 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Index finally updated today, covering last month or so.

  7. Steve said,

    October 2, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Yes – ironically I use a bowl of ash on occasion to burn incense – especially Tibetan that is often too large to fit in standard holders – because I hated how other methods would waste the ends of sticks that didn’t burn. But in practice, the last inch or two can really be unpleasant in unfresh ash, so maybe I’m actually wasting more :???:

    Any recommendations on a nice holder with a hole large enough for Tibetan?

    Steve

  8. Mike said,

    October 2, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Yes, it should be fine here, I don’t think Ross and I will be reviewing the Essence of Ages line here, as we’re working on a project separate from this site, but hopefully these could be tackled by new writers at some point. I’m not sure if we’ll be doing the sticks yet.

    Steve’s dead right about that ashy smell. To me it’s one downfall of using the ash method. Yes your stick will burn all the way down, but it will be leavened by the other aromatics your ash picks up. I did try Beth’s method of cooking the ash in an oven for a while, this does tend to reduce the offsmells quite a bit, although I don’t think they ever totally go away. This seems to be exacerbated by just how deep a stick can go in a bowl of ash, sometimes two inches of stick burn under the ash and I’ve even forgotten and put a stick on top of it only for it to fall over later as it had caught from the other end.

  9. Claire said,

    October 2, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Ganesh Dhoop – Essence of the Ages (review – please move if posted in wrong place)

    Burn 1: Nothing of note – just smelled of smoke, maybe it was because my sinuses are still pretty bunged up in the morning. Need to retry later.

    Burn 2: Noticed a very subtle aroma but too subtle for me to describe. Need to try again and maybe burn a full stick (rather than a broken fragment) to allow the aroma to gradually build.

    Burn 3 (for longer): Sorry, I can still only detect a subtle aroma but at least it is this that I notice more than the smoke that was all I noticed on the first burn. The last few millimetres of the stick gave off quite a nasty, acrid after-burn smell though – thankfully it didn’t persist once the stick had gone out completely.

    Afternote: Steve kindly emailed to explain that the nasty after-burn smell (ashtray like) could have been down to burning the incense in ash that hadn’t been changed in a while.

  10. Mike said,

    June 4, 2008 at 2:00 am

    All links updated to Olfactory Rescue Service as of 6/3/08.

  11. Mike said,

    May 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    [5/7 Update] Thanks to Kotaro Sugimoto at Japan Incense, I’ve managed to have translated some of the companies behind incenses that are usually filed under various/miscellaneous categories at most stores. This started when I noticed that Ranshuko Temple Blend and Encens du Monde/Kunjudo’s Celestial Nave were identical in box and ingredients.

    For instance, the review of Jinko Yomei now reflects that this is a Gyokushodo incense (as are Keiunko, Jinko Hoen, Kojurin and Jinko Kojurin). I moved Jinko Ranjatai to the Kunmeido section when Kotaro revealed it was actually the long stick version of Kunmeido’s Onkun-Koh. His help is most appreciated.

  12. March 11, 2008 at 4:00 am

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