Yamadamatsu Shoyo & Shigei

Yamadamatsu’s Shoyo is quite enlightening, hence the name as it is written here means “Shining Light”. This coil has a strong initial top note of both vanilla and a resinous labdanum scent, combined with at first a woody, salty aloes wood that eventually fades to a mid/base note of cedar. There’s not much else to say other than this is a wonderful scent well worth the price.

Shigei on the other hand is all about the wood. Unlike its predecessors, this coil forgoes any blend and instead contains a straight blend of Vietnamese aloes wood, with a top note of buttery, salty aloes wood to its scent. With a price of 10$ per coil, it is definitely a incense you will want to sit down with and study.



  1. Mike said,

    April 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

    It’s funny but I can never keep the three Yamadamatsu coils straight, but the one I like the most I believe is the middle (and I think it’s Shoyo). It’s a dark brown color and has a pretty strong almost musky note to it. I get the salty aloeswood from it too. Incredible incense!

    • clairsight said,

      April 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Yamadamatsu is some really well done incense and it is also really well priced, in fact it is pretty close to what one would get it for in Japan. Same thing goes for there woods. – Ross

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