Three new loose mixture incenses from Mermade Magickal Arts
All of these are best used on an electric incense heater and that is also how they have been reviewed. You could use a charcoal, but really, you would be cheating yourself. Mermade sells a great heater at a very reasonable price.
Ever Green Forest: Elemi, Hougary Frankincense, Copal Blanco, Lodgepole and Pinion Pine Resin blended with Cedar tips (wild crafted) , Himalyan Juniper, Grand Fir and Port Orford Cedar, Fir Balsam and Cedar oil.
This is the greenest of green. A full emersion in a pine and cedar forest when the mornings mist has cleared away and the sun has come out. Fresh, strong and very clean. You only need to use a little in an electric heater to scent a room. It has a stimulating and at the same time grounding quality to it, which combined with the scent is a pretty unique combination in incense not to mention any room scent I have come across. It is also completely natural and of the highest quality. Something that Mermaid is well known for. Just the thing to lifts ones spirits up on a winter day.
Eastern Temple: Premium grade Sandalwood – Ground Emperors Agarwood – Hougary Frankincense- Port Orford cedar wood – Hinoki Wood Essential oil- Powdered Star Anise and Cardamom from Sri Lanka:
This also is a fairly strong one, with a very deep Sandalwood/Agarwood base. Riding over this is a sort of Japanese and Indian spice mixture that has a slightly sweet side to it. Lots of lift in this mix and some great silage, it really spreads out nicely and does a fine job of infusing a room. Given the spice mixture there is also a hint of a cinnamon like scent moving through. I think of this one as having a rather elegant and at the same time approachable scent to it. This is in no way a “potpourri” or “Christmas” style blend ( I suppose it could be, but it would be a stretch) Its name does a very good job of describing the scent.
Kyphi 2011: Hougary Frankincense, Yemeni Myrrh, Labdanum, Persian Galbanum, Turkish Storax, Chios Mastic, African Omumbiri resin, , Juniper Berries, Honey, Wine and other sacred spices, woods and resins
Kyphi is one of the oldest recorded incenses, its formula (well at least one version) has been found on Egyptian Temple walls. One of its hall marks is the length of time it requires to properly compound and produce this incense. There is also quite a lot of maturing time involved. This is not something one throws together on a Friday night for sale over the weekend. Mermades version has a long history which you can read about in earlier posts. This particular offering really has it all, a very deep sultry base with some lighter, almost sweet herbal/spice notes across the top. I think the addition of the African Omumbiri resin adds to the overall scent by giving it even more depth then last years, which was pretty amazing in itself. There is no one predominate note in this, the aging process has done a wonderful job of fusing all the different aspects into a perfectly unified work of aromatic art.