Today I am reviewing Shoyeido Madoka incense sticks.
This is a low-smoke Japanese incense stick.
Shoyeido describes the scent scent as:
Chiffon is a gentle whisper of floral tints and earthy tones, and gently reminiscent of our best-selling Kyo-nishiki.
Kyo-nishiki is their Kyoto Autumn Leaves incense.
So, supposedly this is quite similar to that.
The scent is supposedly primarily comprised of:
Sandalwood, frankincense, and herbs.
This does sort of remind one of Kyoto Autumn Leaves, but it is quite different. Kyoto Autumn Leaves has a sort of dry leaf fragrance. This one is a little different. It has a similar warmth to it, but it seems to stem from the frankincense more then anything else.
This aroma seems to have two elements to it.
There is a warming, rich element from the frankincense, but there is also a light airy quality which seems to pulse upwards. There is a probably a light amount of spices in there as well. It’s a well-done formulation.
For a low-smoke incense stick, this is rather nice. It has a very nice fragrance, but as with most low-smoke incense sticks, the fragrance is a lot more noticeable if wafted towards you.
Sometimes I find I have to burn two low-smoke incense sticks, when with traditional incense, I usually only have to burn one, but that’s low-smoke incense in general, and not specific to this particular incense stick.