Matsu-no-tomo (Friend Of Pine) from Japan (SKU 4604)
A fresh, cool fragrance, reminiscent of a breeze passing through an ancient pine forest.
Main ingredients: Sandalwood, clove, benzoin, camphor, patchouli, spices. Approximately 36 sticks per bundle. Weight 14g. Length 18cm. Approximate burning time 40 minutes per stick.
Shoyeido Incense Company has been making incense in Kyoto, Japan for over 300 years. They are considered amongst the best incense creators on earth. Shoyeido's blending process is an art form. Highly trained "masters" draw upon centuries-old secrets to create masterworks of fragrance. These artisans carefully process the quality, balance, and ratio of every hand-selected natural ingredient. The slightest variation in amount or quality of any component can dramatically influence the outcome. Only the finest raw materials are used. The results are remarkable, subtle scents that beckon us to use all of our senses — what the Japanese call mon-koh, or "listening to incense."
The Premium range are made from centuries-old recipes and containing fine sandalwood and precious agarwood. A highly skilled artisan makes their most exclusive incense by hand.
We stock 3 of Shoyeido's Premium series, they are; Matsu-no-tomo (Friend of Pine), Ohjya-koh (Kings Aroma), Kyojiman (Pride of Kyoto).
No synthetic oils or fragrances. No animal ingredients or testing. For more detailed product information see item form description.
Over 1,400 years ago, a large piece of fragrant driftwood washed ashore on the tiny Japanese island of Awaji. Realizing the uniqueness of the marvelous fragrance emanating from the wood, island locals presented it as a gift to the Empress Suiko. With this gift of precious agarwood began a new era of refinement of — and appreciation for — the enjoyment of fragrance.
In the early 18th century, Rokubei Moritsune Hata began incorporating incense-making techniques he learned as an employee of Kyoto's Imperial Palace. He would eventually introduce a new world of scent to an audience beyond the realm of royalty.
Twelve generations later, the Hata family continue to create an amazing array of fragrances. Shoyeido incense is considered the highest quality, most natural incense available on Earth.