Incense Reviews Index

This page is the master index for Olfactory Rescue Service Reviews. This is roughly up to date for all the important reviews and articles through 10/26/2022. Incenses are usually listed in the order in which they were reviewed unless the catalogs get long. These would be listed alphabetically and noted as such. Also, although a work in progress, anything in italic font is either an obsolete review or discontinued incense.


Ap Sonam Tashi/Bhutan Jewel Incense

Bhutan Jewel Incense of Bhutan A Traders

Boudha Tibetan Incense

Chimi Poe Jorkhang

Drezang Kuenchap

Kuengacholing Peozokhang 
Lopen Tandin Dorji Poizo Khang
Mentsi Khang
Nado Poizokhang

Shri Lhoman Ngagyur Nyingma Buddhist Charitable Society of Bhutan

Tsenden Poe Zhokang



Esprit de la Nature (Canadian incense artist with uncommon skill who also works through Mermade in the USA)





Absolute Bliss (importer, nonbranded incenses)



Damodhar & Co.

Designs By Deekay (Reviews removed due to the use of incense names created by a different company).

  • Soul Sticks / King Champa, Sweet Earth, White Sage, Wild Wood (2021)
  • Soul Sticks / Shaman’s Magic, Black Ice, Dragon’s Breath, Dragon’s Blood (2021)
  • Soul Sticks / Go Away Evil, Fairies Dust, Dark Angel, Guardian Angel (2021)
  • Soul Sticks / Aura Cleansing, Good Vibes, Sunpati (Quiet Mind), 7 Chakras (2021)
  • Soul Sticks / Tibetan Monastery, Buddha’s Bliss, Kundalini Yoga, Harmala Hamsa (2021)
  • Soul Sticks / Werewolf, Vampire’s Orchard, Dracula’s Blood, Good Health (2021)

Dhuni (Unfortunately Dhuni, possibly one of the greatest importers of Indian incense, no longer exists. The line has been discontinued due to bad faith on the exporter’s part. They are severely missed.)

El Incenses and Fragrances

Ganesha (Ganesha is currently not in operation, but looking to return.)

Goloka (Long running Indian company still in business)

Happy Hari (Imported via Absolute Bliss)

Incense from India (Long running American importer, still in business)

Incense Works (This line of incense is still available through Incense Warehouse and has barely changed in years)

Janak Perfumery Works

Kala Perfumery Works

Krishna Store



Meena Perfumery Industries

The Mother’s India Fragrances (With the exception of the most recent reviews, recipes and the general style may have changed since they original releases. It looks like all of the aromas are still sold though. We hope to confirm where some of the other incenses are at at some point.]

myInsens (Quickly discontinued as a line.)

Mysore Sugandhi

Mystic Temple (This incense line is still imported through I haven’t checked the quality in a while (especially from a 2021 perspective), but I credit their incenses in large part for getting me into the hobby in the first place.)

N. Ranga Rao & Sons

Nikhil (This entire line has been discontinued.)

Nitiraj (Indian incense company that still appears to be running)


Parekh Perfumery Works

Prabhuji’s Gifts (previously Ramakrishnanda) (One of the better Indian incense importers supplying quality and affordable incenses.)

Pradhan Perfumers

Primo (Venerable US importer of Madhavadas family incenses who closed up shop December 2020. All their incenses are discontinued.)

Pure-Incense (Britain-based importer of Madhavadas family incenses. Pure Incense offer a dizzying array of incenses from the budget to the truly connoisseur. Please keep in mind that reviews prior to 2021 may only be a general guide to the aromas as quality and consistency changes depending on the makeup of the essential oils being used. Reviews of much more recent connoisseur incenses are forthcoming.)


Puspa Perfumery Products


Raj Laxmi

Saranya Traders

Sarathi Perfumery Works (The Sri Govinda line, at least, has been discontinued)

Scent of Samadhi

Shah Agarbatti


Shrinivas Sugandhalaya (Most incenses reviewed here were likely made in Mumbai by Nagarj Setty LLP. My plan is to eventually update and review the Bangalore and Mumbai operations separately. I will keep the rest of these as historical records. I can not confirm if the reviews of most if not all of these are still current, as Satya recipes have drastically changed over time.)

Shroff Channabasappa (This acts as a historical record of Shroff Channabasappa imports in the US via Essence of the Ages from 2009-2013. The recipes for many of the incenses changed dramatically in the few years after these reviews were written and very few of these incenses can be purchased anymore as described in these reviews.)

Song of India

Sree Trading Company

Sree Yadalam Dhoop Industries

Sri Aurobindo Ashram Cottage Industries

Surya Trading

Temple of Incense

Triloka (Still active mainstream US importer for Indian incense. Most of the line is fair now.)

Vijayshree Fragrance


  • Mysore Sandalwood (2022)


Awaji Koh-Shi

DSC00830 (3)Baieido (One of Japan’s premiere incense companies, specializes in woods and is prized by connoisseurs. Incenses listed in alphabetical order.)

Baikundo (also Awaji-Baikundo)

Daihatsu (Modern Japanese company that specializes in more perfume-enhanced incenses and newer, less traditional scents)

Les Encens du Monde (also Florisens) (French importer of various Japanese brands, many of which can be found via their home companies)

DSC00832 (2)Gyokushodo (Venerable Japanese company who use perfumes and oils in their incenses but still largely lean traditional)

Japan Incense (Minorien-produced incense line for Japan Incense. )


DSC00807 (2)Kida Jinseido






Koyasan Daishido

DSC00842 (2)Kunjudo (Old Japanese company that leans to the modern. Imports much of its line through Florisens/Encens du Monde.)

DSC00799 (2)Kunmeido (Excellent Japanese company with a small but wide range of traditional, modern and high end incenses. Listed alphabetically.)

DSC00789 (2)Kyukyodo (One of Japan’s oldest and most venerable companies. Most of the line was not imported here until Japan Incense started carrying them some years back. One of the largest catalogs in Japanese incense.)

DSC00784 (2)Minorien (see also Japan Incense) (One of Mike’s favorite incense companies with some of the best woody Japanese incenses in existence)

Nihon Senko Seizo

Nippon Kodo (Possibly the most famous Japanese incense company that markets its products all over the world and is found more commonly than any other brand. Well known for having a large range of product and tending to perfumed and modern scents. Incenses have been alphabetized here for ease of location and Sampler Notes are done so likewise at the very end.)

Okuno Semeido


Saraike Kunbutsudo

Scents of Japan

DSC00847 (2)Seijudo



Shochikudo (Koho)


DSC00817 (2)Shoyeido (One of the largest Japanese incense companies with one of the biggest presences in the US. Has a wide range of products from high end to low end and traditional to modern. Reviews have been listed alphabetically for ease of location.)

DSC00838 (2)Shunkohdo (Excellent Japanese incense company that leans to the traditional. Some of the best wood incenses on the market).


Taikado Koho

DSC00821 (2)Tennendo (Solid Japanese company that tends to be traditional but can do so either from the woods side or the perfume and oil side.)

Yamadamatsu (Possibly the finest Japanese incense company for aloeswood and sandalwood appreciators. A gigantic range of amazing products, including kyaras, incenses based on a Rikkoku set and several amazing affordable incenses and coils. One of Mike’s recommended incense companies.)





Boudha Tibetan Incense

Dhoop Factory (Possibly the finest Nepalese Tibetan-style incense company, but a bit hard to find now.)

The Direct Help Foundation


Gurung Int’l

Himalayan Herbs Centre

Khachoe Ghaklil Ling Nunnery

Kuenzang Chodtin

Lucky Incense Co.

Mandala Art & Incense

Mandala Trading (Two strong and mainstream Tibetan style incenses)

Natural Arogya Dhoop Incense

Natural Nepali Dhoop



Thrangu Tara Abbey

Tibetan Yak

Traditional Nepali Dhoop Pvt. Ltd

Stupa Incense Industry

Shambala Incense


Pilgrim, Heritage

Aajudyo Dhupayan Rope Incense

Pure Frank Incense, Pure Aromatic Jasmine, Pure Aromatic Pine, Pure Aromatic Vetivert

Golden Champa, Trimurti (2022)




Al Haramain


Kyarazen (Revered independent operator of high class, gourmet incenses)


Bosen (Taiwan based company that creates many levels of aloeswoods, a couple sandalwoowds and what are like hybrids of Tibetan and Japanese style incenses, all of which lean to the traditional. Their incenses are available through Amazon.)




Dhundup Wangyal

Drepung Loseling

Kaqyupda Monastery/Drikung Charitable Society

Lama Chodpa

Menri Monastery


Tashi Lhunpo Monastery

Zongkar Choede




Swiss Arabian


Ancient Forest

Dimension 5

Fred Soll (Iconic creator of a pinon pine based incense with oils that are often uncommonly amazing. Natural ingredients, so the incenses have varied through the years, but they’re an American mainstay in incense and one of the country’s finest institutions.)

Gonesh (Charcoal based garbage, avoid)

Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Resin Blends)

Incienso de Santa Fe (Fascinating shop of little brick sized incenses made almost entirely from local woods).

Kunhla Incense

DSC00466 (2)Mermade Magickal Arts (Most Mermade incenses are limited editions, so most of these are long gone. However, you can still get a heater and incenses like Deep Earth, Kyphi, Dark Goddess, Wild Wood, and some others often show up in new vintages, so incenses with same names are likely to be the sane in spirit. But this is also a historical record of a wonderful company.)

Nu Essence (one of the original creators of resin and herb based incenses for charcoal or heaters and esoterically minded)

The Rising Phoenix Perfumery

The Scented Djinn

Ross Urrere Aromatics (Amazing incenses made by our dearly departed ORS collaborator and friend. We are hoping to see these recipes and others passed on)

*Incenses marked by an asterix on this page are not currently imported to the US.


Mystery of Musk (Perfumes)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Mandy Aftel..The Room of Many Bottles Full of Good Smells
Fifth Anniversary of the Natural Perfumers Guild


Oud – An Introuduction
Oud: Regional Profiling
On the Boardwalk


Interview with Anna Pach/Masahiko Kikuya from Kikuya Seishindo and Kohgen


Synthetics vs. Organics
Everything’s Coming Up Roses – A Valentine’s Day Tribute to the Flower of Love
Musk Scented Incenses – Japan
Air Sponge – The Odor Absorber
Tis the Season for some Frankincense Frenzy and a little bit of Myrrh Madness…
Create Something Beautiful
Incense on the Tree of Life (off site)
Some new books on ambergris and incense.
A Whiff of Japan
Burning Basics for Beginners
Maluku: Wood from the “Island of the Kings”
Rokok / Sintren Frankincense Cigarettes



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  1. Mike said,

    June 15, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Incense Reviews Index Updated and Overhauled 6/15/21

  2. italiano215 said,

    January 16, 2015 at 10:39 am

    What are best quality sandalwood indian incenses ? Was curious thnx 🙂

  3. Christoper said,

    April 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    When I initially commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are
    added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I receive four emails with
    the same comment. There has to be an easy method you can remove me
    from that service? Thank you!

    • Mike said,

      April 8, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Christopher, you’d need to do that from your own dashboard, it’s out of our hands.

  4. Sara said,

    November 26, 2012 at 6:39 am


    Nice list of incense. I missed just palos santo wood itself as a good incense example.

    Blessings, Sara

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  6. Mike said,

    August 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Reviews Index Current to 8/5

  7. Mike said,

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Index current to today!

  8. Mike said,

    November 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Index finally updated today, covering last month or so.

  9. Steve said,

    October 2, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Yes – ironically I use a bowl of ash on occasion to burn incense – especially Tibetan that is often too large to fit in standard holders – because I hated how other methods would waste the ends of sticks that didn’t burn. But in practice, the last inch or two can really be unpleasant in unfresh ash, so maybe I’m actually wasting more 😕

    Any recommendations on a nice holder with a hole large enough for Tibetan?


  10. Mike said,

    October 2, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Yes, it should be fine here, I don’t think Ross and I will be reviewing the Essence of Ages line here, as we’re working on a project separate from this site, but hopefully these could be tackled by new writers at some point. I’m not sure if we’ll be doing the sticks yet.

    Steve’s dead right about that ashy smell. To me it’s one downfall of using the ash method. Yes your stick will burn all the way down, but it will be leavened by the other aromatics your ash picks up. I did try Beth’s method of cooking the ash in an oven for a while, this does tend to reduce the offsmells quite a bit, although I don’t think they ever totally go away. This seems to be exacerbated by just how deep a stick can go in a bowl of ash, sometimes two inches of stick burn under the ash and I’ve even forgotten and put a stick on top of it only for it to fall over later as it had caught from the other end.

  11. Claire said,

    October 2, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Ganesh Dhoop – Essence of the Ages (review – please move if posted in wrong place)

    Burn 1: Nothing of note – just smelled of smoke, maybe it was because my sinuses are still pretty bunged up in the morning. Need to retry later.

    Burn 2: Noticed a very subtle aroma but too subtle for me to describe. Need to try again and maybe burn a full stick (rather than a broken fragment) to allow the aroma to gradually build.

    Burn 3 (for longer): Sorry, I can still only detect a subtle aroma but at least it is this that I notice more than the smoke that was all I noticed on the first burn. The last few millimetres of the stick gave off quite a nasty, acrid after-burn smell though – thankfully it didn’t persist once the stick had gone out completely.

    Afternote: Steve kindly emailed to explain that the nasty after-burn smell (ashtray like) could have been down to burning the incense in ash that hadn’t been changed in a while.

  12. Mike said,

    June 4, 2008 at 2:00 am

    All links updated to Olfactory Rescue Service as of 6/3/08.

  13. Mike said,

    May 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    [5/7 Update] Thanks to Kotaro Sugimoto at Japan Incense, I’ve managed to have translated some of the companies behind incenses that are usually filed under various/miscellaneous categories at most stores. This started when I noticed that Ranshuko Temple Blend and Encens du Monde/Kunjudo’s Celestial Nave were identical in box and ingredients.

    For instance, the review of Jinko Yomei now reflects that this is a Gyokushodo incense (as are Keiunko, Jinko Hoen, Kojurin and Jinko Kojurin). I moved Jinko Ranjatai to the Kunmeido section when Kotaro revealed it was actually the long stick version of Kunmeido’s Onkun-Koh. His help is most appreciated.

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