Keigado: Keiga Byakudan (Sandalwood)

Keigado has a very large assortment of scents like Purple Magnolia, the East & West Temple sticks and Full Moon, to name just a few. They use Sandalwood a lot, although it is usually a medium for other scents to be carried along with. This particular stick has the Sandalwood up front and I think it’s a winner. It is a “straight up” style, with few if any additions. If there are any they are in there to help elevate the sandalwood scent itself. There is a very slight sweetness, pretty much what you would expect from burning a piece of sandalwood from the heartwood of a sandalwood tree, in other words it is true to the natural scent. It also has great hang time; the scent stays within the room for quite a while (not hours like a synthetic would, but a decent amount of time).

If you are looking for or simply enjoy sandalwood based incense you might want to give this one a try. It is different enough from, say, Shunkodoh’s Sarasoju or Yamada Matsu’s short stick to be worth a look. It is also at a very good price for what you are getting.




  1. Ross Urrere said,

    February 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Nicely said Doc, that is a really good comparison.

  2. Marian said,

    February 2, 2012 at 8:58 am

    This sounds like a wonderful stick- I am always looking for a stick that smells like the burning wood.
    Thanks for the heads up!

  3. doctordruidphd said,

    February 2, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I have tried several of these “straight” sandalwoods, and of all of them, the Keiga Byakudan is the most effective in terms of inducing a state of calm and relaxation. When the day is going bad, this is the one I reach for. This formulation pushes exactly the right buttons for clearing and grounding; it’s a great “first burn” for any kind of staged meditation or concentration. Well, that’s how it works for me, and it was a real joy to find this. It seems to have a much deeper, “creamier” scent than Sarasoju, which for me is a bit drier and more energetic.

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