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Nha Trang Khanh Hoa is a tourist place; thousands and thousands of visitors come here for sight-seeing every year. Besides being a popular tourist destination, a local specialty that makes some people fall in love. It is not food or drink but a product of a plant: Agarwood.
This province is where our partner, K, has been living and trading the renown local specialty: agarwood for many years.
K’s house has three storeys. The second and third floor are for livings, while the ground floor is for his agarwood trading business.
His doors are open for business from the morning until 5 pm every day.
One day, K is smoking in front of his store, and he notices a tourist is looking at him and his store.
K does not speak English, so he observes the tourist’s hand movement. It looks like the tourist is trying to smell something. The tourist is fanning his hand towards his nose.. He wants to “direct” the aroma towards him.
K guesses the woody aroma is what the tourist wants. The aroma is from the burning Nha Trang Agarwood wood chip inside this shophouse. Smudging agarwood is a common ritual that brings fortune and positive energy to a place.
So K invites the tourist inside and shows him a new piece of agarwood wood chip. His left-hand flicked the lighter’s spark wheel; the flame is on. When the flame contacts the wood, a thin stream of white smoke rose. Smelling that, the tourist facial expression changes.
He looks surprised but happy and excited at the same time. His eyes are wide open.
He reached his pocket and called someone.
Within minutes, “someone” who looks like a Vietnamese came; he is an interpreter.
And through the interpreter, K learnt that the tourist loves the wood, but he asked for an alternative. He wants a similar smell that has a longer burn time. He wants something that is “set and forget”. The reason: he lives with children, and burning charcoal is risky.
So K shows him an incense that is made from this renown Nha Trang Agarwood chip
That was another surprise for the tourist because burning this incense gives him a similar feeling to burning wood chip without the fire risk. Besides, he can set and forget as the incense burning time is approximately 30 minutes. And lastly, there is no hassle after burning, no need to extinguish the charcoal. He buys three tubes and keeps going on his journey. Surely, he will come back again one day.
Let's start with Les's review (Hi Les, if you are reading this, thank you for your kind words, I am glad that you like it)
Incense diameter: approx 1.2-1.5 mm
Net weight: 10 gram ( approx 50-53 sticks)
Burning time length each stick: approx 15-20 mins
Scent: elegant aromatic and balance of all the notes including luxurious woodsy, a touch of spicy, and light sweet notes
You will detect the sweet and spicy notes and their complexity that it is difficult to put in writing.
When you finish an incense stick, you stand up and walk out somewhere,
Once you come back to where the incense was burnt earlier, you will be surprised.
The aroma is still lingering around.
You will still feel it several hours later. That how good it is.
Other some incense may have an expiry date or best before date, it is because they are made with fragrance oils-- which evaporate over time.
This Holy Aura contains mainly agarwood with no fragrance oil, so there is no evaporation, no expiry or best before date. Here is an incredible truth: the longer you store this incense, the better it becomes.
I've had the opportunity to experience each of Grandawood's incense offering and I can say I have 100% loved all of them. Holy Aura has a quality not found in the other. It's a twang, a zing, a zest. More piercing, penetrating. It has tightness and strength to it. In some ways I actually prefer this to the more soft delicate sweetness of slowly heated wood chips. I wasn't sure about this purchase when I made it. I can happily say I have no regrets!
I like to be able to use incense sticks as I do not always have time to light charcoals the more traditional way. These sticks have the high quality scent of good oud in a stick form that I usually experience through oils or wood chips.
You should not miss this sticks. It has very pleasant sweet woody smell , relaxing and calming
Amazing oud smell Don’t miss it
It is amazing. The aroma is real and rich. It flows around you leaving positive spiritual harmony and self-happiness