Been busy on the incense front. First of all upcoming is a look at the series of 14 new Nag Champas from Mother’s India Fragrances. Both the home company and their Dutch distribution have been tremendously supportive (and they’ll definitely be in the US eventually as well) on the samples end, which also means there will be a lot more Mother’s scents to go. I’ll do this in two parts, with the first part already nearing completion. Those who loved the original five will find some really fantastic new concoctions, and best of all they all have halmaddi in them and the company has an informative, explanatory document on the champas which has really helped.
I’m also moving closer to completion on the full Shroff line, I’ve got notes written up for all the Masala Base florals and am currently working on the other seven Masala Base incenses that came in in the last batch, so I’m hoping to have these done, at least until any new ones might come in (crossing fingers).
There will be a couple more installments in the Pure Incense Absolute line. I don’t have a few of the most recent incenses yet, but when I do I think we’ll be up to date on those as well. The notes on the next batch featuring mostly the Cedarwood mixes are finished. After that the Sandalwoods and Patchoulis.
In the Tibetan category, there’s a couple from Tengboche, the wooly Tibetan Yak, and a sampling from Stupa, all notes are finished. Shechens, Domas, Luckys, and Arogyas farther down the line.
And Ross and I will be doing some more stuff from the Triloka book as well.
I also plan on going over the Baieido aloeswood playbook, but this is on the slow track as I’m still not to the point where I habitually use my heater as much as I’d like to. Plus there’s nothing like a heated chip of Hakusui or Ogurayama to make you drop everything you’re doing and go astral.
And I’m still working through the new categories as you may have guessed from the longer side bar on the left, I think I’m well over half way through the 2008 posts.