Shoyeido Plum Blossoms (Baika-ju) Incense Review

Shoyeido Plum Blossom Incense

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Today I am reviewing Shoyeido Plum Blossoms incense sticks.

These are one of Shoyeido’s more popular incense sticks and also happen to be on the cheaper end of Shoyeido’s incense offerings.

Main Ingredients: Benzoin, spices, and sandalwood.
Length: 5.25″
Burn Time: Approximately 25 minutes.
Company: Shoyeido

Opened Packaging of Shoyeido Plum Blossoms incense
Opened Packaging of Shoyeido Plum Blossoms incense

These incense sticks smell of dark, rich spices before even burning them.


I have had this incense stick lit for a while now.

It’s decadent. Rich. Fruity. Sweet, with a lot of spice, namely cinnamon and clove. There is a certain sweetness to the incense smoke. There are also resinous, earthy notes coming from the benzoin.

I am not sure where the plum fragrance is coming from true plum content, or a fragrant plum extract, or even something else, but it certainly of plum.

There is actually a lot going on in the fragrance profile.

The smell of this incense almost reminds of a plum and spice dessert, but with the additions of sandalwood and benzoin.

I now see why this incense formulation is so widely popular. In fact, I much prefer it to a similar Shoyeido offering, which is their Kyoto Cherry Blossoms incense. I believe the Cherry Blossoms uses rhubarb and has a very similar fruit and spice fragrance.

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