Shroff Channabasappa / Wet Masalas / Ruby, Shanti, Shran, Super Star

Shroff Channabasappa Part 1
Shroff Channabasappa Part 2
Shroff Channabasappa Part 3
Shroff Channabasappa Part 4
Shroff Channabasappa Part 5
Shroff Channabasappa Part 6
Shroff Channabasappa Part 7
Shroff Channabasappa Part 8
Shroff Channabasappa Part 9
Shroff Channabasappa Part 10
Shroff Channabasappa Part 11
Shroff Channabasappa Part 12

For a bit more introduction to this series of wet masalas, please be sure to read Part 12 above.

Red or pink colored durbar or nag champa sticks (for instance Mystic Temple’s Kali Champa or Incense from India’s Red Poppies) are all fairly common in scent, they tend to be floral on top, usually in a rose-like direction. Even back in the days when halmaddi was more available very few of these stood out in any way and nowadays they’re almost interchangeable. So it’s fortunate that Shroff’s Ruby approaches the same formula and finally makes it go somewhere. For one thing the perfume that tends to be bland in other similar sticks is done much better here as you’d expect, with an interesting mix of rose and strawberry notes. The incense really fits its name, akin to a berry scented candle, but much richer. This one was something of a late comer for me, but now I’d consider it one of the best in this excellent range.

Shanti has the same perfume strength as Little Woods, but moves in spicier and herbal directions. The ingredients list this as a sandalwood and vetivert combination, but like Drona which shares these two ingredients, Shanti is much more distinct, and probably distinct enough in a way that you’ll either like this or not. The sandalwood is very noticeable on this one, at times it even seems concentrated, giving the whole scent a deep richness. This too has a caramel subnote and even a bit of sweet muskiness, but it seems to be something not on the ingredients list that sets this apart, as again, I’m not detecting any massive amounts of vetivert in this, but I do detect and herbal quality it might be providing through the combination.

Shran is an incense for screwpine/kewada lovers, as in many ways this might be described as a kewada champa. Unfortunately I’m not sure it works all that well as an incense, but then again I might not really count myself so much in the screwpine tent. The ingredients seem to be as high quality as any other incense in the range, including some rose and sandal notes in the mix, the former more or less overlapping some with the screwpine. It’s a mellow scent overall but I don’t find the base and perfumes to work all that well together, in fact it seems that any of the sweeter, richer notes in the base are actually fighting with the screwpine notes, which seems like it works better with more dryness.

Super Star seems to be modelled on Satya’s Super Hit, or at least the first time I burned a stick it reminded me of what Super Hit used to smell like when it was brilliant instead of dull. This is a beautiful combination of sandalwood, rose and what Shroff calls in several of these incenses “oriental” notes. The result is a very sweet champa with an accessible rose-infused aroma in front. In fact this scent has the breadth and richness of old school champas and is quite reminiscent of the kinds of scents Shrinivas did in its heyday. It’s quite easy to recommend this as it’s friendly on every level.

More Shroff reviews to come, this is one company that’s almost impossible to stay ahead of.

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9 Comments

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  2. C.J. said,

    December 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Shanti is a perfume/spice wonder! More oriental/spice. Shran a bit fruity, but enough spice that I can tolerate it reading outdoors.

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  6. Carrie said,

    August 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I have never like overly floral or fruity incenses, even years ago as a teenager.

    Shroff is sure changing my mind. I now light a stick of Ruby the minute I walk in the door from work, it’s such a summery scent. Sometimes I smell strawberry in it, sometimes raspberry.

    And Shroff’s Champa incense is such a beautiful floral. It seems to be such a pristine, almost sharp, single floral. I think Champa is plumeria, isn’t it?

    Amazing incense 🙂

    • Emily said,

      August 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      I agree on the Champa, Carrie, I like it too, even better than the Nag Champa. It seems a little “drier” and more crystalline but just as rich as the Nag Champa. Sometimes I have to stop the Nag halfway through the stick or my nose buds get overwhelmed….but in a good way 🙂 Not so with just the Champa, I can sit with it for a long time.

  7. Emily said,

    August 6, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I just received an order from Beth, with several of these Shroff’s to add to my collection. I love Shanti, but I have to agree that something about Sharan just didn’t play nice with my nose……until, I noticed what to me was a Concord grape note. Does anyone else catch that? Once I thought of it as a fruity scent, it suddenly became a much friendlier incense. Still have to try the Ruby, but so far I like it unlit.

    • Mike said,

      August 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

      Nice tip on the Shran Emily! Will look for that note next burn.


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