A number of environmental and health concerns have been raised by incense combustion, including respiratory issues, cardiovascular complications, neuropsychological disturbances and dermatological problems. It is therefore important to use incense made with readily degradable constituents and atoxic fragrance additives.
The process of option identification and evaluation involves a range of values that are held by various stakeholders. A decision matrix is a useful tool for this purpose.
1. Exceptional Quality
The best powder incense brands will use only the highest quality ingredients. They will never use glues or any foreign material that might affect the scent or burn. They will also conduct extensive testing to ensure their agarbathi/agarbatti/incense granules burn uniformly.
The result is a self-burning incense that eliminates the need for coal and is more environmentally friendly. It will also appeal to more customers because it offers a cost-effective alternative to stick incense.
The fragrances offered by Zouz range from floral to fruity to woody to sweet. Their best sellers include Baby Powder, a smooth blend of rose and white lilies; Billion Bucks, an energetic, empowering aroma that can help you get a good night’s sleep; and Bahama Mama, a calming, milky coconut scent that will take your mind to the tropics. Zouz is one of the few incense makers that uses only whole plant materials. They even harvest their own sage and lavender for their blends, like Sun Smoke that marries star anise and cinnamon and High Desert that uses sage and white sage.
2. Variety Packs
Incense powder, or zu-koh, is a traditional Japanese form of incense that is easy to use. These powders come in a variety of different blends and are used to scent charcoal tablets which can then be burned.
It is important to consider the purpose of the incense before choosing a particular scent. For example, sandalwood is often associated with spiritual and meditation rituals, while lavender is commonly known for relaxation. It is also worth considering if you want to use the incense for air purification or aromatherapy.
Shoyeido’s Tokusen is a sweet and woody zu-koh blend that smells like “good Japanese incense,” not the kind of perfume you would wear to a fancy party (although it is just as good). It has hints of clove, camphor, cinnamon and patchouli that are both bright and dusky. It’s an excellent choice for those days when you want something subtle and intimate. A gram of Tokusen will last for a long time, so it’s well worth the price.
4. Customer Service
Whether you’re looking for a specific type of powder incense or just browsing, it is important to find a company that offers excellent customer service. This way, you can rest assured that you’ll get the best possible experience and are treated well at all times.
A favorite among Shoyeido fans, Tokusen is a powder perfume that doesn’t envelop the wearer with overpowering sillage. Instead, it’s a scent that encourages intimacy, inviting you to sit down and enjoy the fragrance while you read a book or watch snow fall outside. The Tokusen line is available at Shoyeido’s website. This incense powder doesn’t contain charcoal or any foreign substance that would alter the fragrance.