Shoyeido / Premium Daily / Enmei

Enmei or Circle from Shoyeido is just a nice, spicy, somewhat sharp or tart Sandalwood. The spice note is very up front and teds to overshadow the wood. It is part of the “Premium Daily Incense” line, which means it’s a tad more expensive then the “Daily” line. This and Seifu (Fresh Breeze) are two of my favorite Sandalwoods from this company. They both have that certain distinctiveness that sets them apart enough so you can taste the difference. They are both very easy and calming and a joy to use. There is just enough play in the different notes to capture your interest, yet not take over the moment. A great stick for after the work day as you settle back into your home.

It never ceases to amaze me when reading the ingredients list that Shoyeido gives out, how many of them look very similar, yet their Incense Master is so good that somehow he juggles the components into different scents that all work.



  1. September 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

    […] Enmei (aka Circle) is a sandalwood, clove & cinnamon blend from their “Selects” line.  […]

  2. Pinjie said,

    March 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Dear incense lovers,

    I noticed that various Japanese websites still categorize both En-mei and Sei-fu as Aloeswood incense. I love both of them!


  3. Bernd Sandner said,

    June 30, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Dear Beth and Ross.

    I am not an expert in detecting the different kinds of aloeswood. But in the case of Sei-Fu it seems to be the kind of sweet honeylike aloeswood, that I also smell in Ten-Pyo and Misho. Except in the Sei-Fu it is very subtle. This incense to me is more premium, then, for example, Oya-Koh. (At least in this moment, while it is burning)

    Thank you, and best wishes! Bernd

  4. June 30, 2008 at 10:34 am

    […] 30, 2008 at 10:34 am (Incense, Japan, Shoyeido) Ross wrote about Shoyeido’s Premium Daily En-Mei yesterday, and in one of those weird coincidences, I had notes written up for En-Mei’s partner Sei-Fu. […]

  5. clairsight said,

    June 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Hey Beth
    I wondered at the difference between the list on EoA and Shoyeido, thanks for the clarification. Those two really seem to have much higher quality “stuff” in their makeup then as listed. They sort of seem like the hidden great deal in Shoyeido’s lineup!


  6. Beth Johns - Owner of Essence of the Ages said,

    June 29, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Hey Ross! I too, am a lover of the Seifu and Enmei incenses. I think that they are of a much higher quality than their price makes it seem. And the Seifu is one of those incenses whose ingredients LIST has changed but the ingredients have not. The top note of the Seifu is actually aloeswood but because of export issues with CITES, Shoyeido took the aloeswood off the list of ingredients. ( I’ve never changed the lists of Shoyeido ingredients on my site.)

    … matter of fact, it’s time to burn some right now!

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