Baieido Japanese Incense
|Baieido is a Japanese incense company established in 1657 and located in Sakai. They are especially known for their broad range of Aloeswood based fragrances - so descriptors such as deep, warm and spicy all come to mind when burning many of their products.|
The name "Baieidō" is derived from the three characters Bai, Ei, and Dō, where:
Baieido is recognised as one of the
highest quality incense manufacturers in the world today blending the finest aromatic woods and resins to produce a natural, mild, low-smoke incense stick of superb quality and aroma.
What is the key ingredient of Baieido incense?
Key to many of the Baieido range of incense is the use of Aloeswood as a significant ingredient. Known by numerous names, including Agarwood (in Asia), Eagle-wood in Europe and Jinkō in Japan - this should not be confused with the totally unrelated Aloe plant, associated with Aloe Vera (a common ingredient in pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products). A;oeswood is sourced from a limited number of trees within the Aquilaria genius.
What is Aloeswood?
For further clarity, 'Aloeswood' refers to a resin that develops in trees that have been infected by a particular fungus, rather than the entire wood of the tree. Once infected, the tree produces a resin to protect itself against the fungus. This resulting resin is the 'Aloeswood' - known generally in Japan as 'Jinkō' and 'Kyara' in the most special/premium/rare versions. Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale in colour; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. A steam distillation process is used to extract the Aloeswood essential oils from the infected heartwood. For more on Aloeswood click here.