Seikado / Meikoh Gohitsu (Five Brushstrokes) Aloeswood Blend, Daikouboku + Keigado / Jiyou Koh

Seikado’s Meikoh Gohitsu (Five Brushstrokes) Aloeswood: A nice, inexpensive Aloeswood blend from Seikado. It holds to a “middle of the road”  Aloeswood scent with a slight top note that is somewhat spicy. Which is not too say cinnamon like or anything along those lines. It’s actually quite different from other Aloeswood blends and is pleasant, easy to use as a background scent and a pretty good deal as an everyday incense. Fifty sticks in the box at around $14.00.

Seikado’s Daikouboku Sandalwood: This is a very nice straight up Sandalwood from the makers of Solitude line of wood blends. Seikado seems to big on the use of oils married up to Sandalwoods or Aloeswood to produce some pretty potent blends, almost ranging into what reminds me of Indian styles. In this stick they have not gone that route, opting instead to produce a very nice deep Sandalwood scent with a bare hint of spice/herb notes. I find it to be very easy to use and at the same time different then say the Baieido or Kyukyodo sandalwoods. This is another excellent everyday scent that will be merciful to your wallet.

Keigado’s Jiyou Koh: This is low smoke type incense, and it really is closer “no smoke”. Normally I do not like this style but this one I am finding pretty fun. When I first smelled it at Kohshi /Japan Incense it reminded me of something, about a week later I realized there were similarities with Shoyeido’s  Myo-ho in the top and mid notes. After looking at the ingredients list (Fennel, Cinnamon, Clove, Polygala tenuifolia (Polygalaceae), Angelica acutiloba) I realized that the first three are something I always associate with the scent of Myo-ho(along with Star Anise). All this being said I find this stick to be a pleasant backround scent, not very strong or prominent( like most low smoke stick) but it does add an interesting note to a room. Because it is a low smoke stick it will also tend to eliminate other scents, something to keep in mind if you want to clear the air.



  1. Jeff said,

    March 24, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Seikado’s Daikouboku Byakudan has to be one of the best sandalwood sticks around. It is an instantly likable and friendly fragrance that is both deep and relaxing. Using Rozan sandalwood from Mysore, this deserves to be in a top 10 list or even the HOF, IMO.

    Has anyone tried the Jinko Daikouboku? This incorporates Thai agarwood into the blend.

  2. glennjf said,

    October 10, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    “I have been told from the guys at JI that the special charcoal base in smokeless incense(from Japan) tends to act as an air filter or cleaner. They mentioned that it would be unwise to burn these if you had recently burned some high dollar sticks as the scent would be clean out. Of course this might(and is, from my personal experiments) be dependent to a degree on what the scent of the smoke-less stick is. Green Tea or Pine-ish scents seem to work best…your results may vary :)” – Ross

    Thanks Ross, certainly worth remembering.

  3. glennjf said,

    October 3, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Because it is a low smoke stick it will also tend to eliminate other scents, something to keep in mind if you want to clear the air. – Ross

    Something I was completely unaware of. I’m interested now to know how that process works. A cost effective and enjoyable way to go about resetting ones incense burning environment while saving up for an Air Sponge (see Incenses Resources for the Air Sponge review).

    Can you post anything more about what goes on Ross?

    Are there other low smoke incenses you can name besides Keigado Jiyou Koh that do the same thing like the Baieido Hinoki for instance as I have that incense on hand.

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