Mermade Magickal Arts: Divine Lover, Golden Bough, Aphrodesia (from Ross)

Mermade seems to come up with additions to their lines at least two to three times a year, which makes things entertaining. Their products constantly feature very high quality ingredients blended together in a manner that lets one actually smell the components and at the same time you are able to enjoy the fusion of the conjoining of the scents.
From the Ancient Temples Line

Divine Lover is a Kyphi blend created by Nathaniel Musselman and sold by Mermade. I happen to know that he goes to incredible lengths to research and develop his offerings. He has a real talent and this particular one is a standout. The ingredients list for Divine Lover is pretty long and the production process looks to take around seven to eight months. All of which is as close to the original Egyptian temple methods as can be recreated from the writings at the Edfu Temple. This particular mixture does not use any fruit in the mix as most do. You can read more about this at Mermade’s.
The scent is very resin infused, balsamic to a degree, yet with a variety of herbal/spice notes also in the mix. It is extremely complex and deep. This is a strictly natural and ancient incense, it makes me wonder what it must have been like in the Egyptian cities at night when it was traditional to burn quite a lot of this. Burning this is like a trip back in time. Divine Lover comes a nice box with some good quality charcoals and foil squares. I highly recommend using an electric burner with this one. Even at very low settings you can smell the scent and it lasts for quite awhile. Very amazing stuff, not to be missed.
Golden Bough is another mixture for the heater or coals. A mix of resins and woods that to me, seem a very “classical” smell in nature. As soon as you smell it, it seems to remind you of many different incenses all wrapped into one experience. Lots of Oman frankincense, mastic, sandalwood and Juniper, plus balsam and labdanum. To me this is a very grounding and comfortable combination of scents and I find myself using it a lot. It’s also at a great price and a little goes a long ways.
Aphrodesia is from the Nature Spirits line of incense triangles (flat cones). This is one of the best rose scented incenses you can buy, really. Rose incense can be a very hard scent to do well. Generally you get the synthetics which sort of smell OK unburned but are terrible when lit ( I personally have never understood the reasoning here, but it seems to have become pretty prevalent amongst many makers), or you end up with something that is overpowering.
Aphrodesia on the other hand, uses very high quality woods and resins with a really good real live Turkish Rose Otto in just the right proportions to produce a scent that is really sensual and captivating. There is just enough rose and other EO’s and spices to get the idea across without over doing it. The scent, from one cone, lingers for about and hour, maybe two, which to me is just enough. I find it particularly nice to light the cone and come back in about 15 minutes, by then the room smells really great and the smoke has dissipated.

Mermade Arts is available from their website and also at Essence of the Ages.

Many of their presentations come in a sampler size.




  1. Janet said,

    October 23, 2009 at 11:30 am

    For those who like Aphrodesia, I would also recommend Faery Call, a floral I really enjoy – and I don’t find many of those. In addition to Rose, this incense has a bit of Jasmine and Neroli, and – as Mike says in his comment about Aphrodesia – there are enough oils to give a really amazing floral scent, without being over the top…just right!

  2. March 30, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    […] Musselman A Kyphi blend of very high standards and a wonderful scent. My recent review of this is here. Kyphi is a very old scent from Eygpt and that area that has been around for at least 3000 years. […]

  3. Gary said,

    March 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I am burning the Golden Bough right now, and I really love it as well. It kind of reminds me of Earth Church, but without all the smoke. Very clean, makes you feel good about yourself.

  4. Mike said,

    March 23, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Not only do Mermade do excellent work, but their work keeps improving as well. I haven’t tried the Divine Lover (although apparently I have to now!) but the other two are fantastic. Don’t have much to add to Ross’s appraisal of Golden Bough, I agree on every account. It’s like a classic resin blend with just a bit of “extra.” The Aphrodesia cone amazes me because it reminds me of some of the more rose infused LISN incenses without the floral elements coming off too perfumed. In fact every cone I’ve tried is something of a little masterpiece and I hope to report on a few of them in the next few weeks. Such high quality ingredients at work here, I’m still bowled over by the hougary frank in use here.

    • Ross Urrere said,

      March 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm

      Hello Gary
      Great observation about Golden Bough! I find it particularly suited to this time of the year, not sure quite why, but it never hurts to like yourself and at the Spring Equinox is a really great time for it. I think alll three of these are in the running for my Top 10 this month.

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