Mermade Magickal Arts/Gaia Tree

When I first started getting into blended incense, I was fascinated with church and forest blends, in fact over the years I’ve gathered more of them than I know what to do with. Many who have spent some time in Catholic churches know the basic scent of frankincense and some of these blends could be quite fine, having that amazing citrus scent as a base. The forest blends often went deeper than this and I’ve run across several whose fruitiness tends towards the scent of green apple mixed with pine, spruce, fir and other evergreen scents. In fact while around here we talk a lot about the wonders of aloeswood and sandalwood, I’ve always really prized the much cheaper and easily accessible forest blends, they’re a great way to scent your space.

Katlyn Breen is turning out to be a master of the art of earthy, foresty scents, in fact I’d probably have to do a bit of research to create a list of all the wonderful blends that have come out of Mermade over the last decade in this vein. And these blends are in many ways much more carefully crafter and deep than the average forest resin blend and many of them go in all sorts of neat and interesting directions. Gaia Tree is one of her newest, listing black frankincense, storax benzoin, arbor vitae, green cedar tips, black spruce, green myrtle, fir, and benzoin and tolu balsam essential oils as ingredients. This is a very rich and powerful forest scent, starting with the citrus of the frankincense base, moving towards the evergreen and apple mix I mentioned earlier, adding a touch of spice that is reminiscent of Mermade’s amazing Mahjoun incense, an almost confectionary level of sweetness and a really strong touch of amber that comes from the essential oils, in fact it’s one of the most wonderful amber notes I’ve experienced in an incense. This is all well rounded with a distinct greenness that comes from the spruce and fir tips, highlighting the name of the incense itself. While so many forest blends tend to scent fairly clean, there is a rich, creaminess to this one that gives it a wonderfully decadent note.

As always if you haven’t made your way over to Mermade, it should be one of your top incense stops. The Golden Lotus incense heater is an absolute must for blended incense and Gaia Tree couldn’t work more beautifully on it.



  1. Josh said,

    September 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Oh wow! – got my Mermade incense heater along with the premium Deep Earth blend, and some generous samples of frankincense and a couple other blends.. What a revelation! I’ve been totally blissed out to the exquisite vapours emerging from the heater this evening – I really ought to get to bed, it getting late, but damn, these scents are spectacular…. I’m totally going to delight my little ceremony crew with this thing..

    My only worry is that burning stick incense will not have the same appeal once I start putting everything in the heater..

  2. MissChris said,

    May 17, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I’ve been ordering from Mermade for more than 5 years and am consistently delighted. My old incense heater came from there, so I have been resistent to replacing it with the one currently being carried, though I finally gave in. What a world of difference when using blends or resins! Why did I wait?!

    On one of the lower settings, I can heat a blend all night (like Dream Snake) and enjoy a fragrant bedroom. The blends (like Gaia Tree) on highest setting gives my whole house (old Victorian with 12 foot ceilings) gradations of olfactory bliss as I move from room to room. The heater is lovely to look at and easy to clean.

    Katlyn always fills orders quickly and never fails to surprise me with a little “extra”. If you have not tried her wares yet-don’t wait any longer!

  3. May 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    “Thanks Mike…” she says with huge smile 🙂

  4. william273 said,

    May 16, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Very inspiring Mike. I burn a lot of Frankincense and Myrrh when I’m not burning my Tibetan incense and have to say they compliment each other very well. Ordered some Sumatra Benzion the other day and am waiting for it to arrive…very much looking forward to it.

    • Mike said,

      May 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks for the comment William. Resins really are great…

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