Seikado / Hitori-Shizuka / Sandalwood, Musky Bouquet, Floral Elegant (Ross and Mike)

Seikado are responsible for three exports, hefty (100+ stick) boxes of incenses that are decidedly in the modern camp and cover three very distinct aromas that are likely to cover many incense interests. From the looks of the boxes, I’d guess they were marketed even outside the usual koh circles, with smart, attractive and even department store-friendly presentations, all similar except for names and box colors. To start this off, it’s over to Ross for his report on the best of the three…

The Hitori-Shizuka Sandalwood is a very elegant and calming sandalwood, not in the more formal woody style of, say, Baieido but rather geared towards the spices and subtle use of oils. I get the feeling that besides the sandalwood there is a cedar element mixed in with a touch of, perhaps, ginger and a really elegant, very light blend of oils. This is a really calming blend, playful, fresh and approaching a real work of incense art. It is something that along the way seems to captivate your attention and all of a sudden you find yourself using it a lot. I personally like to burn a stick as I go to sleep. This is the epitome of pleasant. A great buy and it would also make an excellent gift.

The Musky Bouquet is reminiscent of one or two of the Daihatsu sandalwood blends that use perfume oils to create the scent. There’s definitely a sandalwood base at work here, although it doesn’t come off as traditional smelling as the Sandalwood blend does itself. Instead there’s sort of a mix of spice and musk elements, the latter of which gives it something of a dank, dusky scent to it rather than a musk closer to traditional or Egyptian/Nepali styles. In fact I’d probably grow to think of this as more a spice incense. There is something of a faint synthetic element at work in this, but like with the aforementioned Daihatsu blends it’s nowhere near being unpleasant. But overall, of the three here, this blend has the least distinction.

The Floral Elegant is quite a bit more successful with its pitch, with a fruity and floral perfume mix that is actually pitched quite well, smelling closer to pleasant perfumes with very little to no elements of soapiness or bitter tinges that often invade low end florals. Quite to the contrary it has some subtlety in the background, a slightly wet scent that provides a bit of lilt in the middle. The overall scent seems to cross scents like berry and grape with lily, rose and other mild floral scents that also give the overall aroma a fresh feel. Even as someone not generally drawn to florals, I thought this one was quite well done.

It’s unlikely one will get a feel for Seikado based on one or all three incenses here, after all they’re quite different. I’d base your purchasing decisions entirely on how much you like sandalwood, spice or floral incenses and buy accordingly.


1 Comment

  1. Mumon said,

    December 12, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Have you ever tried the Hitori Shizuka in aloes wood or kyara; obviously, re: the kyara, obviously it’s not high end kyara, but it is awfully pleasant.

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