Mike’s Picks

[List subject to change. Last edited 9/27/21. This list intends to include incenses that are currently available, I will both remove and put back scents as soon as I’m aware of a change in the availability.]

Absolute Bliss (Importer) / Devansh, Floating Lotus Flowers, Forbidden Fruit, Natural Beauty Masala, Natural Mysore Sandal, Oudh Saffron, White Lotus Oudh Saffron
Baieido / Kyara Kokoh, Koh Shi Boku, Kai Un Koh
Drigung Monastery / Drigung Fragrant Incense
Happy Hari ./ Niyama Sutra, Oudh Masala
Kida Jinseido / Ikuhohkoh
Kourindo / Jyakourin Musk, Kodaikourin Aloeswood, Jinkourin Aloeswood, Ichiikourin Aloeswood, Saikourin Aloeswood, KorindaiKyara
Kunjudo / Hogetsu
Kunmeido / Asuka, Kyara Tenchi (Tenpyo)
Kyukyodo / Musashino, Fuyu no Yoru (Hōun gift set only), Murasakino, Haru no Yama
Mermade Magickal Arts / Faunus, Pan’s Earth, Earthly Delight
Minorien / Kyara Chokoh, Fuin Kyara Ryugen, Daijyo Koh, Kanzeon
Nippon Kodo / Kyara Heian
Seikado / Zuiun Aloeswood, Kyara Koh Hien
Shoyeido / Ga-Ho, Nan-Kun, Misho, Horin Horikawa, Horin Muro-machi, Horin Ten-Pyo, Xiang Do Forest
Shunkohdo / Kyara Aioi Matsu, Kyara, Seikan, Kyara Houzan, Ranjatai
Temple of Incense / Dancing Sufi, Ganesha, Lavender Supreme, Om Masala, Oudh, Sandalwood Extreme, Shakti, Shiv, Temple
Tennendo / Enkuu (Horizon)
Tibetan Medical College / Holy Land, Holy Land Grade 2
Wara Monastery Incense
Yamadamatsu / Hojo (Firebird) Green Label, Red Label, White Label; Shu-ju Kyara, Manaban, Manaka, Rakoku, Sasora, Sumatara; Shoyo (coil),



  1. June 14, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    all I can say is that I have a lot to explore and learn. I appreciate your olfactory wisdom. As my wallet allows, I will search down some of these. thank you.

  2. Terra Renee said,

    August 27, 2015 at 9:23 am

    No Mermade incense on here! I think Goddess Hymn and Dark Goddess deserve a spot. These are amazing, and so cheap for such amazing pieces of incense art. For more often available Mermade incense, her Labdanum coils are excellent as well.

    As for non-Mermade, BOSEN’s Blessing definitely deserves a top spot. I have Lotus Ground and Holy Land, and STILL prefer BOSEN’s Blessing to either of these two.

  3. spinningstars said,

    April 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

    thank you for listing Baieido Kobunboku, I love it, and I also really enjoy Kin kaku!!

  4. woofwoof said,

    April 16, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I just got my first jar of Scent of Samadhi body incense…and I LOVE it! Just takes a tiny bit, just lovely stuff. I also tried Baieido Zukoh, but do not like it near as well. Has an undertone I do not care for. I continue to enjoy sample packs of incense as I so enjoy the scent of a good incense in the air. Japanese is my favorite so far, but Scent of Samadhi is Indian and I just love it. I so enjoy this web site!! So many incense to try, I will spend the rest of my life trying new ones and burning old favorites.

  5. Tracy said,

    March 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I’m so frustrated with low quality smells masquerading as incense, that i’ve begone to use well made essencial oils, and mix my own. Often, frankenscense, Myrrh, and a touch of cinnamon or some other spice, smells good. Plus, you can defuse it without getting involved with the charcoal and the censor. Lots of woody smells are easy to mix too, like cypress, cedar, some pine, and a touch of citris for a top note. Flowery mixes, using ylang ylang for jasmine, or some diluted rose oil, are much better than the artificial perfumes. I stick a toothpick in each little bottle of oil, and then hold them together under my nose, to see if I can mix them. If you want to burn them, just rub the finished mix on a punk. If i can find it, some of Shri Aurobindo’s incense is good. So many brands I relied on for years, are hit and miss now.

  6. Greg said,

    July 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Good list, Mike…I’d like to add the following that in my opinion are also very high quality (though not always the most expensive or highly touted by the mfr.) and with regard to the Athonite style monastery-made incenses VERY labor-intensive (I believe you can sense the love and devotion in every fragrant lozenge!)

    Gyokushodo “Mori no Sho”
    Kunmeido “Kyara Tenpyo”
    Orthodox Incense from Mt. Athos “philotheou” and “Mt. Athos ”
    Emkay Brand “Roma” church incense
    Holy Rood Guild “Cantica”
    Holy Transfiguration Monastery “Sinai” and “Jerusalem”

    • Mike said,

      July 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Good stuff Greg, my list definitely needs updating at some point. I did get to try some of the Athonite incenses years back and thought they were amazing. I often don’t get the chance to actually sit down with my heater as much as I’d like. Love Kyara Tenpyo but haven’t caught up on all the recent Gyokushodos, which look great!

  7. Orgoglio italianO said,

    March 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Hey Mike 🙂
    Can you recommend a Japanese incense thats pretty good quality, for the hot hot months of summer?

    • Mike said,

      March 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      That’s a good question as I would generally think Japanese incenses work better when it’s cooler. I’ll think about it a bit and come back if I come up with something. Kunmeido Asuka came to mind but I think that’s just because I like it.

  8. Jan van Westland said,

    November 5, 2011 at 11:59 am

    What would be your top favourite from this list?
    What would be your top value for money from this list?
    What would be the one that combines best scent with best value for money best? (So kind of stands between those answering my two earlier questions)

    • Mike said,

      November 7, 2011 at 11:25 am

      Hi Jan. Don’t have a top favourite in anything and the other questions would take math I don’t really have time for. I explored doing a cost matrix for incenses at one point, but it’s far too time consuming, especially in an era when recipes are in flux.

  9. Scentluver said,

    September 4, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Scents Of The Earth/ Raw Labdanum Resin

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