12 Days of Christmas Sale at EoA

Essence of the Ages is having their annual Christmas Sale. It runs for the next 12 days with different  sale items each day. There are great deals but  you need to swing by the site each day to see whats up as they only last 24 hours. Have fun




  1. janet said,

    November 30, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Like you, I went a little nuts yesterday…fortunately, the wallet got a bit of a breather today!

    • Anne said,

      November 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm

      I really shouldn’t be enabling you, Janet, but if you haven’t already done so, I do suggest that you pick up a few boxes of Chanda Devi’s aromatherapy incense that is on sale now at EOTA. I ordered a sampler pack of chandra devi aromatherapy jasmine incense, and once I lit the first stick, I immediately regretted that I hadn’t ordered a full sized pack.

      It’s a really nice quality incense, with a lovely soft floral jasmine scent. This is more like a true jasmine scent, and not the jasmine oil that is found in Pure Incense and other indian style types. So there’s no other scents of vanilla, cocoa, and honey that are present in Pure Incense. It’s just a lovely true jasmine flower type scent that wafts through the air. As that it’s half price now (for the next 24 hrs at least), I recommend buying a packet or two. I’m fairly certain that you won’t regret it.

      • Janet said,

        December 1, 2009 at 7:34 am

        Thanks, Anne!
        Enable away….I’m always up for something new!

      • Mike said,

        December 1, 2009 at 9:18 am

        That’s good to know actually, based on the 3 Chandra Devi samples I’ve received over the years I wouldn’t have touched any of their products, so it’s good to know at least one of their lines is good.

  2. Maharani said,

    November 30, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Not so much the sale, but I AM going broke at Essence of the Ages!

    ALSO-just received Email from Shroff Channabasappa that their latest shipment should be arriving chez Beth in a week or so! ALAS-I will be out of the country so guys, please leave a few sticks for me…… As a result of just buying a house I really am NOT shopping much right now-I figured incense was an unusual and reasonably priced treat…..but since starting to read ORS I am going nuts with it! There is just so much to try. Im considering buying some bakhoors and a heater, as well as exploring Japanese incense further.

    • Ross urrere said,

      November 30, 2009 at 10:16 am

      The heater will open up a whole new world of scent. I love mine and use it daily. Forget the houses foundation, buy Frankincense tears and Sandalwood chips 🙂

      • janet said,

        November 30, 2009 at 10:36 am

        That’s funny that you should say that, Ross…even as I type, I have three guys working in the hole that used to be the living room of my hundred-year-old house, rebuilding the entire substructure.
        Now, ask me how much that has slowed down my incense acquisition!

        • Steve said,

          November 30, 2009 at 8:05 pm

          Janet – sounds like the perfect personal BBQ pit 😉

          • janet said,

            November 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm

            Funny guy 😉 😉

      • Mike said,

        December 1, 2009 at 9:06 am

        Yep I have to agree. I’ve found it a little difficult to adjust to a heater, but once I did, there can be some days where I just switch between Hakusui, Hougary and Heartwood. 😀

    • Anne said,

      November 30, 2009 at 10:14 pm

      Maharani, go for it, the electric heater and bakhoors, that is. The heater retails for about $50 at Mermade, and it’s nice to have. It’s great for bakhoors as that it doesn’t scorch the bahkhoor woodchips or tablets (presuming of course that you adjust the setting to about 10-15).

      A great place to get bakhoor online is Paradiseperfumes.com. I’ll post a quick little review for them in the ‘Review Your Incense Retailer’ forum soon.

      • Maharani said,

        November 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm

        I have looked at Paradiseperfumes a couple of times and their bakhoors look delectable, as do their perfumes (another addiction of mine). I would very much appreciate a review and am looking forward to trying some out. Just reading about them is a feast of sorts.

        • Anne said,

          November 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm

          It’s almost one in the morning, my time. So those reviews will have to wait. However, as soon as I can, I will post reviews of Paradiseperfumes and some bakhoors.

          • Maharani said,

            November 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm

            Cant wait to read them!

            • Anne said,

              December 2, 2009 at 6:30 am


              I’ve posted my review for Duggatal Oudh with Wardh Taifi on the review your incenses forum.

              As for being out of town when the shroffs arrive at EOTA, while on your travels have you considered going to an internet cafe and placing your order from one their computers? This, of course, is presuming that you won’t have a laptop or netbook with you while travelling.

              Anyway, just a suggestion.

              • Maharani said,

                December 6, 2009 at 9:19 am

                The review was wonderful! Bakhoors are next on my list. I will be home by Wednesday so I think I can wait, but thanks for the suggestion.

    • Janet said,

      December 1, 2009 at 7:35 am

      Maharani – Wasn’t it Patchouli and Vetiver that you said would be new this time? I don’t remember exactly, just that I was super excited!

      • Maharani said,

        December 1, 2009 at 9:03 am

        Yes, that is what they told me. THis shipment, I do know they are sending more Moonlight and also French Musk, plus their good old standard incenses. We will have to wait and see!

    • Mike said,

      December 1, 2009 at 9:05 am

      Ha, Maharani broke the news I’ve been having to hold back on. I don’t wanna steal Beth’s thunder here so I’ll just say you guys just won’t believe what’s on the way. 🙂

      • Maharani said,

        December 1, 2009 at 9:12 am

        Im so sorry: I didnt want to ruin any surprises-so please forgive me-I just had a few snippets and like everyone else am waiting with great anticipation, if only to refill my supply of Green Durbar! My punishment is I will be away for a week and cannot order a thing till payday anyway……

      • Maharani said,

        December 1, 2009 at 9:19 am

        In my own defence, Im visiting family, and am taking my Mother-“She-who-is-always-complaining-about-cheap-incense”-a whole BUNCH of Shroffs as an Xmas gift.

        • Janet said,

          December 1, 2009 at 9:23 am

          Be sure to give us a report on how “she-who-is-always-complaining-about-cheap-incense” likes her gifts! 😀

          • Maharani said,

            December 6, 2009 at 9:31 am

            She-who-is-always-complaining-about-incense LOVED the Shroffs!!! I gave her Mysore Sandalwood, Paneer, Nargis 1931, a few sticks of Mogra (all I could spare, HA!), and Jasmine 1940. Her favorites are Sandalwood and Paneer. She liked Nargis a lot but hasnt yet tried the Jasmine. She liked the Mogra but prefers the first two being rather traditional in her prefs.

            She told me a story about a cousin of ours who lives in Bangalore and burns rather fine incense….My M asked Parvati where she bought it. P got rather vague and said she couldnt recall, and that is her usual MO when asked about things she has-she can never recall where she got the R1,560,000 emerald necklace for example……-this is a rather Indian trait actually. My M doesnt much care for people making mysteries like this, but they always do. My M is convinced now that P bought her incense at Shroff in Bangalore but P would rather die than tell anyone as she wants to be the one with the best incense…..jewellery-whatever-people are very competitive in India about things like this…..One has to use underhand means…..

            That said, she loved the incense. She asked me about getting some Frankincense resin as in India it is believed that fumigating the house with it keeps off drishti-the evil eye that comes from envy. Id like to order her some Hougary Frank, but cannot find a UK distributor-I will order from Mermade and send her some. In the meantime she ordered 3 incenses from Jivada, which Hamid has praised so highly.

            • Steve said,

              December 6, 2009 at 10:19 am

              Maharani – your comments are always educational and entertaining and I enjoy reading them! Just wanted to let you know my order of mitti attar came in and I am enjoying it a great deal. Thanks again for your recommendation.

              • Janet said,

                December 6, 2009 at 10:46 am

                Good to hear! Although I’d hate to think she would stop having anything to complain about :-/
                I’m waiting for the Shroffs with breath held – I think I can safely promise to save you a little.
                Mitti attar? I totally missed that exchange between you two, because I definitely would have jumped in. One of my favorite things!!! I love that scent, although I haven’t figured out the best way to use it. Do you like vetiver oil? I also have an oil that is a co-distillation of vetiver with mitti…wonderful!

                • Steve said,

                  December 6, 2009 at 11:10 am

                  @ Janet – love vetiver oil! I have 2 or 3 Indian attars that have it as a component, perhaps my favorite being Ruh Khus which I get here:


                  I prefer their “Original Indian” over the “New Indonesian”, though it is more expensive.

                  Hope the living room work is progressing satisfactorily for you!

                • Maharani said,

                  December 7, 2009 at 3:28 am

                  She is continuing to complain about many other things, so don’t worry…. the mitti attar exchange was part of a discussion about Loban and its earthy notes (considered an oddity in the West), my point being that earthy notes are much appreciated in India, mitti attar being the best example. Its on the site somewhere…..

                  • janet said,

                    December 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm

                    *whew* – glad to hear the Shroffs haven’t ruined her!
                    My challenge for the Mitti is what exactly to do with it in order to use it to its best advantage…
                    I hope one day to be a good enough perfumer to be able to feature it in a blend without feeling like I am covering up that wonderful wet earth scent – Mitti is one I can sniff nonstop, just like incense!

                    • Maharani said,

                      December 9, 2009 at 6:53 am

                      In India it is worn as perfume-I think youd be very innovative using it in a perfume blend. People go on and on about the “marine” notes in the newer scents-frankly they dont sound that great. Why not-erm-break new GROUND (HA!) with a mitti note in a sophisticated perfume?? No one has done that, say, at Tom Ford…

              • Maharani said,

                December 7, 2009 at 8:01 am


                Thanks! I like digging up obscure facts, and there is a lot out there that is not generally known. I took She-who-always-complains-about-cheap-incense grocery shopping in the largest Indian grocery store in London today and OF COURSE checked out the incense: no surprise there was NOTHING by Shroff. HEM had some Dhoops, which I have never seen before (Sandalwood, Rose, Mogra), and I bought an amber flora masala dhoop by Sital to try out-no idea if its any good. Store had nice dhoopdanis though…..

  3. Anne said,

    November 29, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    So, is there anybody else besides me that is going broke because of Beth’s 12 days of Christmas sales? I placed a large order just before the start of the sale, and I purchased some more stuff just now because today’s sale, imo, is just awesome! Sales on japanese incense, Fred Soll, and Pure Incense! I had to restrain myself because of my other large order, and because there will be more goodies ahead…

    Oh well, other women spend their money on other vices – shoes, handbags, perfumes…etc. Me, it’s incense. LOL.

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