Shorindo’s Chabana Tea Flower is a smokeless incense roughly in the same vein as other green tea incenses or Baieido’s Izumi. Incenses like these tend to be oil based using a form of charcoal for the delivery and such a style isn’t usually successful to my nose, although the charcoal used by Japanese companies is far superior to that used in cheap, bamboo stick punks. Chabana combines both tea and flower scents to approach the sort of fresh and cleaning smell you might find with Izumi. If you’ve been into new age stores you might have seen the Moldavite charcoal incense, which is a style based around some sort of meteor rock with fabled effects. Chabana resembles it quite a bit in scent, but without any sort of chakra stimulation or third eye opening involved.
The aroma’s a little too gentle and floral for the delivery method, meaning that the subtleties of the scent are as likely to get lost in the burn. Of the few sticks I burned, maybe half of one of them revealed the best aspects of the scent, the oil alone which is fresh and cleansing, but like with many charcoal incenses, I’m left wondering what the oil alone would smell like. And while this is similar to Baieido’s charcoal incenses in style, it’s not quite up to that level of subtlety in the aroma. I tend to like my green tea a little electric in terms of getting the full smell out of it, here it’s only one of a number of notes whose overall bouquet is a little difficult to pinpoint.