Today I am going to be reviewing Shoyeido Translucent Path incense sticks.
Translucent Path 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:
Translucent Path is the crown jewel of incense. It is made of kyara – the most cherished and fragrant form of agarwood. It is unlike any other fragrance on Earth.
Shoyeido’s master incense crafters spent a full decade perfecting the recipe for this exquisite fragrance. With great care and clear intention, a true masterpiece of fragrance was born.
They make it apparent that these are mostly kyara, and I’ve read all over the internet that Shoyeido claims these are primarily pure kyara, with the addition of some necessarily binder.
Kyara is the finest variety of agarwood available on the market and it is not possible to produce it via artificial methods.
As far as Shoyeido is concerned, this is the top tier of incense, and their priciest incense as well. This is not for the meek, as a box of this incense can cost upwards of $500 to $850 a pack.
Translucent Path Incense Review
So, these Shoyeido Translucent Path incense sticks sure pack a punch.
These have very deep and rich characteristics and the fragrance almost seems intoxicating. I’m not kidding, these incense sticks may temporarily altar your sense of perception. Those of you who are familiar with high quality of kyara know what I’m talking about. The scent almost envelops you as the stick burns.
Listening to this incense describes a deep complexity which although is distinctly agarwood, is hard to describe.
I wouldn’t say it’s musky odor is overwhelming, but it’s not light either.
There are some other unusual elements at play in this kyara incense stick.
The iconic musky bitterness, some fruity elements, and some spice. At the same time, it is mildly sweet and also sour. As I mentioned, the fragrance profile is quite complex.
The musky kyara scent seems to linger around quite a while. More so then many other agarwood incense sticks which I have burned. As the smoke airs out, the scent becomes more wispy and you can pick up some additional scent notes.
A thing I really like about these Translucent Path incense sticks, in comparison with some of their other premium incense blends, is that they burn a little longer. The resinous kyara agarwood seems to slow down the burning process.
Although these are spectacular incense sticks, for some reason, I find myself prefering Shoyeido’s Infinity incense sticks, which are slightly cheaper.
I would rate these a 10/10.
If you can afford these high-priced incense sticks, I would recommend them.
Although these are priced at the very high-end of the market, what you get is a very pure kyara scent which is unrivaled by much of the competition.
The sheer complexity of this incense makes it something worth savoring.
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.