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Recommended Fragrances for Wintertime

Recommended Fragrances for Wintertime

At the time of writing, the weather remains cold and wet and the nights are still long and dark. We're still very much in the grips of Winter.

Within our home and in the Office we find Incense fragrance to be heavily influenced by the seasons. So, here, we want to share our recommendations for which fragrances and products work best in Winter. This season suggests dark and woody themes - so here are a few our of recommendations:

Amber

Cedarwood
Cinnamon
Agarwood
Lastly, for a low smoke option, try Kazedayori Winter Narcissus from Nippon Kodo (see image) - also available as Genji in the 20 stick Koh-Do range.

All items ship Free of charge within the UK.

Do you agree with the suggestions above and/or do you have some of your own? Feel free to feedback on the link below or contact us for more advice.


Created On  16 Feb 2018 12:30  -  Permalink
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New Low Smoke Japanese Incense Sticks from Shoyeido

New Low Smoke Japanese Incense Sticks from Shoyeido

Shoyeido's master incense blenders have developed a series of Low Smoke Japanese Incense Sticks - with each fragrance having its own distinct character. Expect the fragrance and smoke output from these sticks to be fine and delicate - perfect for those wanting fragrance in a room without much smoke. To achieve this level of low smoke only the finest Charcoal base ingredient must be used. There are 3 fragrances to choose from, each shipping in a box of 150 sticks:


All fragrances in this Low Smoke range from Shoyeido are clean burning, create white ash and very little dust. 

Further, given these are from Shoyeido, one of the top 3 Incense companies in Japan and boosting over 400 years experience, you may expect:
  • No synthetic oils or fragrances
  • No animal ingredients or testing
  • No wooden central core to the sticks (clean burning)
  • Pure incense ingredients offer quality and long-lasting aromas
  • Made in Japan
Prices range from £19.99 for Honoka, to £39.99 for Oboro, with Kasumi in the middle at £29.99. All items from Vectis Karma ship free within the UK.

Click here to read more about Shoyeido

and

Here for our article about Incense in General

and the previous article about other Low smoke items we stock Here


Created On  1 Feb 2018 12:30  -  Permalink
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More Agarwood options from Pure Incense

More Agarwood options from Pure Incense

Agarwood (or Oud/Aloeswood) is a particular specialty for Pure Incense. Our last blog article announced the Premium Oud items we are now stocking (and burning ourselves!) and that you'll find in the Connoisseur & Vintage section of the shop.

Today we focus on Agarwood in the Absolute family or quality grade. The Absolute range is high-quality, made in small batches and uses increased quantities and qualities of essential oils (than the Classic range). In addition, fewer base ingredients are added, so that the headline fragrance is more potent. Whilst mid-range from Pure Incense, these outperform most Indian Incense sticks available anywhere and are truly Luxury Indian Indian Incense Sticks.

We're pleased to announce that we now stock:


The 50-gram bundles sell for £9.95 and the 50-gram gift box for £12.95. See links above for more product details.

We're also now stocking a Collection box featuring 5 woody fragrances (Agarwood, Frankincense, Parijata, Sandalwood and Black Sandalwood). See details/link below:

This sells for £12.95 - and ships Free in the UK, as do all orders from Vectis Karma.
 Read our article about Indian Incense sticks and how they are made here.


Lastly, click this link to read more about the key differences between Japanese, Indian and Tibetan Incense and the role base materials play in all 3 types.

Created On  31 Jan 2018 12:30  -  Permalink
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Pure Incense's very special Oud/Agarwood items

Pure Incense's very special Oud/Agarwood items

We have immediately expanded the range of Pure Incense items we stock to include a number of their Premium Oud, otherwise known as Agarwood or Aloeswood, items.

Pure Incense has a wide range of products, encompassing woody and floral fragrances, different pack sizes and a breadth of qualities from Classic, through Absolute to Connoisseur and Connoisseur Vintage. All this offers tremendous choice to customers, hence our stock profile across these ranges.

A real specialty though is their Oud's. Hence we have expanded the stocks we hold of these items, with the following fragrances:




Whilst writing this, I'm listening to Oud Safi, a complex blend of dark and light notes which has become an immediate favourite in our home. It's a great example of the skill and experience the blender and recipe creator brings to these Premium and Luxury Incense Sticks.

We sell all 4 of these items for £12.95 per 20-gram box, which will yield between 16 and 20 sticks per box. Indian Incense does not come at better quality than this. Free shipping included for all UK orders.

You'll find these, and more, in the Connoisseur & Vintage section of the shop - where all Pure Incense's Premium products sit. If you want to start exploring Pure Incense's product at the other end of the quality scale, start with the Classic range and move up to Absolute. With prices at £2.25 for Classic (22.5p/gram) and £5.95 for Absolute (29.75p/gram) these are high-quality fragrances and ideal to try first if you are new to Pure Incense products.

A final word for Indian Incense Stick newbies - Don't be put off by the central stick/core in these Agarbathi sticks. You will not detect them in the fragrance or aroma when burning, as the aromatic ingredients dominate the fragrance produced! Read our article about Indian Incense sticks and how they are made here.

Lastly, click this link to read more about the key differences between Japanese, Indian and Tibetan Incense and the role base materials play in all 3 types.


Created On  28 Jan 2018 12:30  -  Permalink
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Our new line in Luxury Indian Incense Sticks - Pure Incense

Our new line in Luxury Indian Incense Sticks - Pure Incense

Our increased enthusiasm for Indian Incense and the search for sticks at the premium end of this market, has led us to Pure Incense. Based on what we have found were delighted to announce we now stock a wide range of their products.

Pure Incense Indian Incense sticks are very special. Using essential oils sourced from traditional markets in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Kanpur. They are made in small quantities, hand-rolled and dried naturally in the sun. Base ingredients for the combustible elements are selected from top-quality powers of Sandalwood, Vanilla and Charcoal.

The results of this artisanal approach, using the best quality ingredients, are Luxury Indian Incense sticks that are clean-burning, smooth and an aromatic experience without equal.

We are stocking a wide range of Pure Incense items, that offer a great choice in fragrances and levels of quality to suit varying budgets and tastes:

Classic range:

Explore the accessibly priced Classic range for sticks that easily outperform the myriad of cheap Indian Incense available, which have no heritage, provenance, a guarantee of natural ingredients or avoidance of dangerous chemicals. These are great Incense sticks for their relatively low price. Fragrances we stock include: Agarwood, Blue Lotus, Frankincense, Golden Champa, Green Champa, Hari-Leela, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Sandalwood & Lavender and Vrindavan ChampaWe sell these 10g packs for £2.25 each.

Absolute range:

The Absolute range is more specialised, made in small batches and uses increased quantities and qualities of essential oils. In addition, fewer base ingredients are added, so that the headline fragrance is more potent. Whilst mid-range from Pure Incense, these outperform most Indian Incense sticks available anywhere and are truly Luxury Indian Indian Incense Sticks. Fragrances we stock in this range include: Black Sandalwood, Blue Lotus, Frankincense, Green Champa, Hari Leela, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tuberose and Vrindavan ChampaWe sell these 20g packs for £5.95.


Connoisseur/Connoisseur & Vintage range:

Connoisseur/Connoisseur & Vintage- the best items from Pure Incense, are more refined still (than Absolute) and are unrivalled at the Premium end of Luxury Indian Incense.Vintage items are made in very small batches and may not be readily available again - hence are usually 'Limited Editions'. With the minimum of base materials, only the most concentrated and finest aromatic ingredients added, including AAA-grade essential oils. Fragrances we stock in this Premium range include: Frankincense, Hari-Leela, Jasmine, Parijata, Rose, Opium Intense and Parijata (Vintage).

Items in these Premium categories come in a variety of sizes, including 10g and 20g packs with prices from £5.95 to £12.95


As usual with Vectis Karma - all items ship free of charge within the UK.

Created On  12 Jan 2018 13:30  -  Permalink
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New! Green Tara Tibetan Incense Gift Pack

New! Green Tara Tibetan Incense Gift Pack

We're pleased to announce that we now stock an additional item in our Tibetan range - a Gift pack containing 5 boxed rolls of different fragrances. Each variety is made from 100% natural ingredients and are blends from many aromatic ingredients found in the Himalayan mountain region (woods, herbs, flowers and spices). See full pack details and description HERE.

The pack features: 
  • Mila Incense – A light and airy aroma made from 28 aromatic ingredients inc. White Sandalwood, Benzoin, Saffron, Nutmeg and Kussum Flower.
  • Paljor Healing Incense – a sensual and calming aroma, sweet and very herbal. Known to relieve tension and lighten the mood. Notes of Aquilaria and Citrus.
  • Green Tara Incense – good for cleansing negative energy. White Sandalwood based with Cedarwood, Star Anise, Cardamon, Sal Dhoop Resin and other plant extracts
  • Kailash Incense – the richest and darkest/spiciest Incense in this pack – listen for notes from Cedarwood, Cardamon, Saffron, Kapoor, Sal Dhoop and Nutmeg. 
  • Kalachakra Incense – several medicinal herbs inc. Juniper Berry, Agaru and Ganden Khenpa – to be burnt to relieve tension, anxiety and depression. Lots of bright notes in this fragrance.

These Gift Packs are in stock and are priced at £12.99, which includes Free shipping within the UK. For other countries please use the shipment cost calculator within the shopping basket.

See the full Tibetan range at Vectis Karma HERE.
Created On  29 Nov 2017 11:29  -  Permalink
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