In medieval Japan, among the most avid users of agarwood were the Samurai. They would scent their body armor and helmets with the smoke of agarwood before heading into battle. Bushi No Kaori is an agarwood-intensive blend created to mimic what a Samurai warrior's quarters would have smelled like just before he headed out for battle.
The Rikkoku-Gomi descriptions of the various genres of agarwood as classified by the Japanese incense masters suggest that the bitter agarwood genre was associated with Samurai warriors. The scent can be described as nigai (bitter),karai (hot), and amai (sweet).
Bushi No Kaori is dry, smoky, and dark-agarwoody, with a touch of sweet woodiness. The blend has been garnished with a fantastic aged clove oil. The highest grade of clove oil was used by Samurai warriors to clean and maintain their swords passed down to them from their ancestors, and this tradition is upheld to this day by their descendants.
The meticulous fusion of the high quality ingredients in this blend results in a powerful aroma that evokes the vivid image of a Samurai warrior, his armor well-scented and his glistening sword unsheathed.
In Neriko and Bushi No Kaori, you have two very accurate emulations of early Japanese incense genres. But where the former has a very sweet and delicate aroma, Bushi No Kaori has a bolder and more serious character.
Its all sophisticated composure and dignified glamor.
Sweet love of God! This is
amazing, I'm really really loving this stuff.
I awoke to "Bushi" walked my dogs 3 miles, completed a intense anaerobic workout and "Bushi No Kaori" is hanging on for dear life.
Through the Kansas humidity and some big time sweating, now that my friend is longevity!
It really is an outstanding scent. I can really smell the oud in this one and it last a long time on me.
It's a dark composition in that there are no bright or citrus y notes here but rather more somber and dark resinous is the mood. It is not a sad mood but rather contemplative and the sweetness given off by the clove keeps it moving.