Gyokushodo / Nerikoh (Kneaded) / Kusa No To, Hanafuna, Shiun

Its been a while since I wrote a review! I have been trying to reign in my budget a bit by going through my existing stockpiles before purchasing anything new, but I had the opportunity to try Gyokushodo’s new line up of nerikoh offerings earlier today thanks to Kotaro-san from Japan Incense.

On first analysis all three blends contain the typical Ume-gaka style ingredients, including camphor, clove, cassia and agar wood. They each start off with a blast of camphor and clove, and then settle down into a sour plum fragrance, and eventually wrapping up with a nice woody agarwood aroma. The difference in the three though is the concentration of ingredients. Whereas Kusa no To is the lowest price point of the three, it is obvious it has less of the key ingredients than the next two up the line, and does not project as much. Hanafuna ups the game a bit, and Shiun does that but also seems to have extra agar wood added to it.



  1. Mike said,

    December 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Lesley, good to see you! Wasn’t me actually, one of ORS’s other staff writers.

    • incenselesley said,

      December 4, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Well, it is good to see ANYONE posting on ORS — Ha ha 😉

  2. incenselesley said,

    December 4, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Wonderful to see you posting Mike 🙂

    Interesting that the difference is in the concentrations and that they are not 3 all together different formulas (as I would have assumed in my ignorance!).

    Hope to see more of your reviews in the future ❤

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