There are 4 different blends in Baieido’s Aromachology series, which were designed to be used at specific times of the day. The Cinnamon Clove is for the mornings, Sandalwood for afternoons and the two different Aloeswoods ( Spicy and Sweet ) for the evening hours. Of course you can mix and match them up any way you want but the series was designed around the particular effects of each bled and how they would effect your mental and emotional states.
These are not super powerful scents, but rather work on more subtle levels, one can use them near others without “blowing them away”. They do, however, make use of some of the very best woods that Baieido has to offer and are designed to burn for around 25 minutes. Just the ticket for the lunch time break or while getting ready to go to work in the morning, not to mention the post work day glass of Scotch 🙂
Cinnamon Clove: This is a very nice blend geared for mornings and aligned to help invigorate one for the day. It is not nearly as strong as say, the Koh blend, it is a much more gentle approach. Nice use of the two spices plus some other helpers.
Sandalwood: This uses a very good Byakudan or Old Mountain Sandalwood. It has a really clean and pretty straight forward approach. It is very obvious that this is high grade wood and it has a very relaxing yet focusing effect when burned. The quality of the wood is very apparent.
Sweet Aloeswood: Having gotten to sample the Ogurayama sticks recently (as well as the straight wood chips) I am pretty sure that that is what produces the Aloeswood notes in this blend. The sweet Vietnamese is very captivating and centering in nature, just the thing at the end of the day. This is really good with a lot of depth but also a fine focus on the wood. Again, great quality materials.
Spicy Aloeswood: I am pretty sure that these sticks are built around the Hakusui Vietnamese woods. Hakusui seems to be a sort of standard against which many other Aloeswoods are judged, it seems to hold its own. It has a very refined and distinctive flavor to it, again very captivating. There is more then enough in this blend to get the point across, a bit more depth then the Sweet Aloeswood above. I personally find myself bouncing back and forth between the two, but that could well be the state of mind I am in at the end of a given day 🙂
I think these could work as a great place to start in on Japanese incenses, especially if you worried about getting overwhelmed. They also work well in smaller spaces and the amount of smoke produced is lowish(which is not to say smokeless). The two Aloeswoods are a wonderful way to experience what are pretty much the standards of the industry and might be the best deals if for no other reason then that they hold such a unique place in incense scents and are not(that I am aware of) available like this in any other sticks.