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I’ve been suffering from allergies and work these past few weeks, if you’ve been wondering where I’ve gone.  Because of the allergies, my incense intake has been quite reduced lately.

But I’d like to share some thoughts on Green Durbar, my current favorite of the Shroff line.  (Hopefully I will be able to take part in the Shroff lovefest happening now, but it looks doubtful due to several factors. <sigh>)

On the stick, Green Durbar smells earthy and herbal, as does patchouli.  The herbal or “green” aspect seems amped up beyond patchouli, though, into something approaching a Mediterranean herb–maybe thyme?  My first impression was that it smelled a lot like honey as well.  Perhaps there’s a good amount of benzoin in the mix to sweeten it?

Burning, the scent remains earthy, but gains a sweet, green floral tone–almost like clover.  The smoke still reminds me of clover honey, which smells sweet with an overtone of green flowers. (As a major tangent, if you’ve never tried different types of honey, it’s amazing what you’ll discover about their differences once you do.)

As with the other Shroffs I’ve got (Sandal Flora, Amber 707), the scent intensity is strong but not overpowering.  There’s a decent amount of smoke compared to Japanese incense, but not as much as other Indian or Tibetan incenses.  The after-scent does not stick around for days.

I love Shroff!  I’ve liked the three scents I’ve tried so far a lot (reviews in the works) whereas I haven’t found a lot of other Indian incenses that I crave (other than a couple of types of nag champa).

New Shroff incenses coming soon to Essence of Ages!!

From the announcements page:

“New Shroff Channabasappa Incenses!
The new Shroff Channabasappa incenses have been handmade, dried and aged. They are now in the process of being wrapped and labeled. We are expecting the delivery of these incenses, from India, in June. Since the arrival of these incenses is so HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, we will be sending out a special email when they arrive. So if you’re not signed up for our emails, now is the time to do so!”

I am curious to try champaca flower essence after reading this:

“Those who are familiar with the Nag Champa incense may find champaca scent to be somewhat similar. The reason being that Nag Champa incense incorporates halmaddi, a grey, semi-liquid resin taken from the Alianthus tree, which smells very similar to champaca flower.”

— from “Champaca Flowers vs. Nag Champa Incense” by Ayala Sender, from her SmellyBlog.