Japan Incense’s Theology Series: Eucalyptus, Sage and Myrrh

These are three scented offerings from Japan Incense’s Jay Cowan, who had them made by a major producer in Japan. These tend to be a very “Japanese” take on these scents as compared to other companies styles. They have an overall elegant and somewhat subtle scent as opposed to the more standard “in your face” style. I was personally pleasantly surprised at how nice the Eucalyptus is, this is not something that I would normally buy but I picked up a box of it before Christmas and have been steadily going through it. The eucalyptus scent is lifted up out of the ordinary with a slightly (very slight) sweet woods base note that also seems to run through the rest of the line and works well with all of them.  The sage is also very approachable with a light sage note mixed in with the above mentioned sweetish/woods. The Myrrh continues along the same lines as the other two with a noticeable main note mixed with the base. This one was also a surprise as getting a decent myrrh scent out of a stick is (IMHO) rarely successful. I

Overall I think these will appeal to many people who would like to experiment with these scents but do not want to deal with the big amounts of smoke and normally very strong scents that these three plants can present. These are not for smudging as much as for creating an lightly scented environment. Let your nose be your guide!  -Ross



  1. Misa said,

    January 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Interesting. Eucalyptus is not a traditional Japanese incense ingredient.

    • January 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      I think the guys at Japan Incense had these made to represent other cultures then Japan.

  2. Marian said,

    December 28, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I had no idea that, in addition to the wonderful service Japan Incense provides by carrying many fine offerings not otherwise available, they also commission sticks. That’s impressive! Knowing that Jay’s olfactory perception is so keen (I heard he guessed all the woods correctly during a Koh game) I would expect that any sticks he commissioned and approved would be worth trying.

    Since I’ve never smelled Eucalyptus incense I’m particularly curious about that one. I wonder if. besides smelling good, the sticks would help with winter colds and nasal congestion 🙂 In any case, your description of it is very inviting 🙂

    Thanks for bringing this series to my attention, Ross. Now I’m wondering what else Japan Incense will be dreaming up in the future 🙂

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