Today I am going to be reviewing Shoyeido Infinity incense sticks.
Infinity Incense Packaging
So, this particular incense I received came in their ‘Premium Incense Assortment’ sampler pack, which I purchased along with some other of their products.
The sampler pack contained the following incense sticks:
- King’s Aroma (Ohjya-koh)
- Pride of Kyoto (Kyo-jiman)
- Beckoning Spring (Shun-yo)
- Gentle Smile (Misho)
- Southern Wind (Nan-kun)
- Refinement (Ga-ho)
- Infinity (Myo-ho)
- Translucent Path (Sho-kaku)
These incense sticks are marketed as ‘All Natural’ and are said to contain no synthetic oils or fragrances. A lot of people are picky about the quality of incense they burn, and you should be too. Remember that you are inhaling whatever incense you are burning, so it’s important that it is non-toxic.
The product description says:
Contemplate the deepness of the universe with our wondrous agarwood-suffused Infinity Premium Incense as your companion.
These are supposedly a blend of kyara and agarwood. From what I’ve read on the internet, these are about half kyara.
The Chinese have a saying which says that one needs to accumulate 3 lifetimes of good virtue before encountering true kynam (kyara), and 8 lifetimes of good virtue to be able to use and appreciate it.
Infinity Incense Review
These Infinity incense sticks by Shoyeido are an absolute delight. I find the scent rather intoxicating. It almost has a sort of psychotropic affect which clears my mind almost very quickly.
When you’re burning kyara, or even agarwood, it’s recommended to ‘listen’ to the kyara. By listen, I mean sit and pay attention to it’s scent. When you focus your attention towards the fragrance, you will be able to discern more of it’s complexity.
The deep and musky kyara notes are very prevalent. It’s not quite as powerful as the pricier Translucent Path but the complexity is there. The fragrance profile seems to alternate between sweet and dry, reminding me of the everlasting cycle of yin and yang. The fragrance profile seems balanced, with little sourness. An incredible experience.
If you’re into color schemes, I would describe this blend as very blue. Some agarwood can be seen as warm-natured, but these Infinity incense sticks don’t seem that way to me. This is one of the kyara’s properties which, in my opinion, make it preferable over sandalwood. It’s fragrance is almost mystifying and, in my opinion, these deserve every right to be considered premium.
I would rate these a 11/10.
These are one of my favorite kyara-based incense sticks.
As I mentioned in my Shoyeido Translucent Path incense stick review, I actually prefer the scent of these Infinity sticks more then the Translucent Path.
If you’re into agarwood, you will surely love these.
Shoyeido Company History
Shoyeido has been around for over 300 years and is one of the more prominent Japanese incense manufacturers and exporters. The founder of the company was Rokubei Moritsune Hata, who was an employee in Kyoto’s Imperial Palace in the 18th century. The history of Shoyeido has now spanned over twelve generations.
Due to Shoyeido’s company history, they are considered to be an accurate representation of Japanese incense. If you haven’t really tried much Japanese incense, then Shoyeido is probably one of the better brands to start with.
It’s typical for Japanese incense manufacturers to use nature as inspiration for their creations. Many Japanese incense creations are forged from the memory of fragrances experienced in past-times. This leads Japanese incense to be quite different from the other various forms.
Kyoto, the city where Shoyeido is located, is essentially a cultural center for Japan. Traditional goods, arts, and practices are kept alive in this city. An interesting fact about Kyoto is that it was almost a target for an atomic bomb during World War 2. However, the US Secretary of State at the time, Henry Lewis Stimson, personally intervened to save Kyoto from destruction.
I hope you found this information beneficial.