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Today I am reviewing Padmini Spiritual Guide incense sticks.
Fragrance: Spiritual Guide
Origin: Bangalore, India
I am sure most of you have heard of Padmini. They are a large incense manufacturer from India. They produce all sorts of products, ranging from quality masala incense sticks, to lower-end dhoop and perfumed sticks.
The packaging is rather pretty. A dark blue on one side, that fades to light blue on the other side. An image of Parvati is depicted vertically along the opposite side as the words. To give you a decent idea of who the Hindu deity Parvati is, here is a description from Wikipedia.
Parvati is the wife of the Hindu god Shiva – the protector, the destroyer (of evil) and regenerator of the universe and all life. She is the daughter of the mountain king Himavan and queen Mena. Parvati is the mother of Hindu deities Ganesha, Kartikeya, Ashokasundari. – Wikipedia
These particular incense sticks appear to be perfumed and have a dark black charcoal base. I don’t believe there is any plant material in these and they seem to be comprised entirely of charcoal, impregnated with fragrance oil.
Upon burning an incense stick, I noticed that the sweetness died down a slightly and it became a slightly funky smelling floral smell. I am honestly not sure what floral scent this primarily is. It seems to be a blend, of which I am having difficulty identifying, but again, there are a lot of high notes. I would have enjoyed this more if it had a more earthy, sandalwood attribution or something similar to it. The balsamic simply wasn’t enough of a deep note for me.