GLOBAL

Raw materials of incense

Incense is considered to be sacred and used as an offering to God at times and at other times it can be used as a tool to bring more peace into one's life. Incense can be looked at as a way of communicating with others.

Today we live in the "Age of Fragrance." We surround ourselves with scents. In fact, the use of fragrance is considered a form of self-expression. With this in mind, we continuously search the world for the highest quality raw materials in order to manufacture and supply fine incense which will bring you pleasure and enrich your day.

Base of incense

  • Machilus Thunbergii,as known as Tabu-no-ki
    Machilus Thunbergii, as known as Tabu-no-ki
    Country of origin
    Taiwan, Southern China, Japan, etc.
    Character of raw material
    The bark of this tree is ground into powder and used as the base ingredient of incense.

Wooden fragrance

  • Aloeswood
    Agarwood, also known as Aloeswood
    Fragrance tone
    Sweet, spicy, bitter, and sour; various scents depend on the tree's character.
    Country of origin
    Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, etc.
    Character of raw material
    The young Agarwood tree does not have any fragrance. As the tree ages, interaction with bacteria begins to produce an aromatic resin. With time, it ages to a very rich, dark resin with a distinctive and lovely fragrance. Agarwood is a tree that does not float in water due to its density from the high percentage of resin. Because of this, in Japan, this scented wood is called "Jinkoh," which means "A fragrant and heavy wood which sinks."
  • Sandalwood
    Sandalwood
    Fragrance tone
    Products made in India have a soft and sweet, woody type of aroma and the scent lingers for a great length of time. The fragrance characteristics depend on the region.
    Country of origin
    India, Indonesia, Australia, Tonga, etc.
    Character of raw material
    The bark of the Sandalwood tree is a ashy white color and the surface has a smooth texture. The leaves and bark of the tree have almost no smell, yet the center of the trunk is very aromatic. Sandalwood has been valued for centuries for its fragrance, for woodworking, and for medicinal purposes. In Japan, this scented wood is called "Byakudan," which means "A white scented wood."

Herbal fragrance

  • Benzoin
    Benzoin
    Fragrance tone
    A sweet fragrance similar to vanilla
    Country of origin
    Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc.
    Character of raw material
    A resin is released by carving into the branch of a Styracaceae tree. This resin is dried and used for toothpaste, cosmetics, cough suppressant, and also a way to uphold the fragrance of the incense.There are 2 types which are Siam Benzoin and Sumatra Benzoin.
  • Borneol
    Borneol
    Fragrance tone
    Camphoric
    Country of origin
    Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo, etc.
    Character of raw material
    The crystal like grains inside the center of the branch of an evergreen tree in the Dipterocarpaceae family. Borneol can be used to create the fresh scent of ink. Borneol has been used as an insecticide and preservative which explains why it has been found in the bones of skeletons dug up from ancient tombs in Japan. Borneol can also be used as an inexpensive substitute for mothballs.
  • Cinnamon
    Cinnamon
    Fragrance tone
    Spicy Scent
    Country of origin
    China, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, etc.
    Character of raw material
    Cinnamon is the bark of the camphor tree that has been dried. Many years ago it was used as a preservative in the process of mummification. In present time, it is used for such things as snacks, curry sauce, aromatics in food, as well as soap and body care products. It can also be used as an herbal remedy for upset stomach, fever and pain.
  • Clove
    Clove
    Fragrance tone
    Representative of spicy fragrances
    Country of origin
    Madagascar, Indonesia, etc.
    Character of raw material
    Character of raw material :In the past, this was a rare commodity. This is used for fragrance as well as for cooking purposes. This was brought into Japan many years ago and was considered important enough to be stored in the Shoso-in which holds all of the emperor's ancient treasures.
  • Star anise
    Star anise
    Fragrance tone
    The sweet fragrance of Anise
    Country of origin
    China, Indonesia, etc.
    Character of raw material
    The ripened fruit of an evergreen tree of the Illiciaceae family is dried and used for liqueurs, snacks and toothpaste. Famous for its use in Chinese cooking and as an herbal remedy for stomach problems.

Animalic fragrance

  • Babylonia
    Babylonia
    Country of origin
    Vietnam, Madagascar, Zanzibar island of Tanzania, etc.
    Character of raw material
    The shell part of a sea snail that is ground up into powder form. This has been used for many years as a way to uphold fragrances.
  • Musk
    Musk
    Fragrance tone
    Fragrances taken from living species
    Country of origin
    China, India, Nepal, etc.
    Character of raw material
    Musk has a foul scent on its own, but turns into a pleasant, sensual scent when diluted with water by a 1 to 1000 ratio. Well known for use in perfume and cosmetics but also used to increase men's libidos. In 1973, the Washington agreement restricted the export/import of musk except for special cases. In present day natural musk is rarely used for fragrances but rahter a synthetic musk.

Other

  • Cedar
    Cedar
    Fragrance tone
    Woody scentbr
    Country of origin
    U.S.A., Morocco, China, etc.
    Character of raw material
    A tree of the pine family similar to the Himalayan Conifer. Planted in various parks and temples in India due to its holy characteristics. An important ingredient for many woody fragrances.
  • Geranium
    Geranium
    Fragrance tone
    A strong yet subtle fragrance similar to rose
    Country of origin
    Reunion Island of France, China, Morocco, Tanzania, Kenya, etc.
    Character of raw material
    A rather short perennial plant that grows to a height of about 3ft. Geranium oil is extracted from the branches and leaves of the plant before its flowers bloom. It is considered to be a very important ingredient amongst the many types of fragrance products.
  • Jasmine
    Jasmine
    Fragrance tone
    One of the 3 major floral scents. An elegant and mellow fragrance that is representative of white floral scents.
    Country of origin
    Egypt, Morocco, India, etc.
    Character of raw material
    Jasmine, similar to Rose is a frequently used floral fragrance. The flower blooms at midnight and should be picked when its fragrance is at its best during the hours of 5 am and 9 am. This flower was famous for being produced in the Principality of Monaco, but due to the volume of harvest and the cost of labor, production has been moved to Egypt, Morocco, and India.
  • Lavender
    Lavender
    Fragrance tone
    Herbal Scent
    Country of origin
    France, Bulgaria, England, Japan, etc.
    Character of raw material
    Lavender grows in areas that have an altitude between 2300 ft. and 5000ft. There are similar plants called Spike Lavender and Lavandin. Originally, lavender was used mainly for Eau de Cologne but recently due to the herb trend, is being used for many purposes. In the past few years, it has been used as a tranquilizer.
  • Olibanum
    Olibanum
    Fragrance tone
    A balsam fragrance that is sweet and refreshing
    Country of origin
    Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia
    Character of raw material
    The milky white sap that comes out of the bark of a tree that hardens into a yellowish pebble when it is exposed to air. It is widely used in European Christian churches.
  • Patchouli
    Patchouli
    Fragrance tone
    A powerful woody scent representative of oriental fragrances
    Country of origin
    Indonesia, India, China, etc.
    Character of raw material
    The perennial plant of the shiso family. The patchouli leaf has no fragrance when it it still green and young yet produces a strong fragrance when the leaf starts to grow away from the stem. It has been used as an ingredient for incense for many years in Japan. Also used as a base fragrance in perfume like vetiver and sandalwood are often used.
  • Rose
    Rose
    Fragrance tone
    One of 3 gorgeous representative scents of the floral family. Although there are thousands of varieties of roses, these are the most commonly used for fragrances.
  • Rosa Damascena
    Rosa Damascena
    Country of origin
    Bulgaria
    Character of raw material
    Deep in the blue-mist Balkan Mountains is the ideal, natural habitat for growing the ancient Bulgarian Rose of the Valley. The temperate climatic conditions promulgate the essence of the regal Bulgarian Rose of the Valley making the scent robust and lasting without being overpowering.
  • Rosa Centifolia
    Rosa Centifolia :Bulgaria
    Country of origin
    Southern France, Morocco, Egypt, etc.
    Character of raw material
    The Provincial Rose essence on the other hand is more subtle, softer and a little spicy. This Provincial Rose scent is certainly the most popular of floral scents.
  • Vanilla
    Vanilla
    Fragrance tone
    Balsam scent
    Country of origin
    Madagascar, Reunion Island of France, Seychelles, Comoros,etc.
    Character of raw material
    During the harvest season, vanilla does not have any fragrance. When heat is applied to the pod, it dries and creates the pleasant scent of vanilla. The completed products is ranked and mainly used for culinary use.
  • Vetiver
    Vetiver
    Fragrance tone
    A woody & earthy scent that you would associate with the roots of a plant or soil.
    Country of origin
    Reunion Island of France, Indonesia, Haiti, etc.
    Character of raw material
    Vetiver is perennial plant found in tropical or subtropical zones. The oil is taken from the root of the plant. Vetiver oil has preservative characteristics as well as a powerful woody aroma which can be used for a base scent for a large range of fragrances.
  • Ylang Ylang
    Ylang Ylang
    Fragrance tone
    A floral scent similar to jasmine
    Country of origin
    Comoros, Madagascar, etc.
    Character of raw material
    Ylang Ylang grows along the coast line in tropical areas. It is often used in floral scents and is also known for use in essential oils.