Shoyeido’s Horin series Shirakawa

Shoyeido’s Horin series has been a long time favorite of many here at ORS and has some real winners in its line up. Recently Shoyeido brought out a new member of the series called Shirakawa, which apparently is named after the White River Valley in Japan.

If you like Hori-kawa’s (River Path)amber scent then this will  be right up your ally as it also has a big amber based scent, along with the addition of a vanilla and slight coconut note across the top. There is a sweet quality to the over all profile and it reminds me  a bit of a perfume called “Pink Sugar”.

Like Hori-kawa, it is very strong; even a quarter of a stick will pretty well fill up a 12 X 12 room. This incense relies heavily on oils and perfume influences and while I think there might be some sandalwood in the base it is pretty hard to tell. I did notice that this seemed to be better as a first stick of a burning session, although burning anything after this is going to require a wait. This incense would be great for scenting large areas like gallery’s or showrooms. -Ross

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1 Comment

  1. JohnL said,

    August 27, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I only tried a whiff of this at the Shoyeido shop, but it reminded me of the Incense Road series, the one with frankincense and vanilla. The Japanese catalog noted that the Horin series uses lots of natural materials, but they are becoming harder to obtain. So maybe Shirakawa represents a move toward a less traditional style for this line.


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