Shoyeido Morning Zen Incense Review

Today I am going to be reviewing Shoyeido’s Morning Zen incense sticks.

I received this incense in a Zen incense sampler from Shoyeido.

The product description says:

Greet each new day with a stick of Morning Zen incense. Sandalwood, cinnamon, clove, and an array of fine spices comprise this fresh fragrance.

Shoyeido describes this incense as having the following primary scents: Sandalwood, ginger lily, and benzoin.

Morning Zen Incense Review

The first thing I noticed about these incense sticks is that they are fatter then other sticks from Shoyeido. Their incense sticks are typically on the smaller side of the scale, but these ones look to be full size, if you know what I mean. According to Shoyeido, the full-size version of these sticks burn for 2 hours each.

This is an interesting incense stick. When I first lit it, all I could smell was smoke. Apparently I needed to give it some time to work it’s magic because after about a minute the smell transformed. I was then able to smell the sandalwood, the benzoin, the ginger lily, as well as the spices.

The sandalwood seems a bit smokey here. I’m not sure if this is due to the sandalwood itself or whatever binder they used. Not the purest sandalwood scent I’ve experienced.

The benzoin is fairly noticeable but it is on the lighter side. This isn’t one of those wet rock type smelling incense sticks. It’s on the drier side of things and is perhaps a bit warm as well. In some ways it almost reminds me of vanilla, but it’s actually quite different.

The ginger lily in place of the usual patchouli provides an interesting, warming floral note which pairs nicely with the benzoin. I could see this going well with a cup of white tea.

I detect a slight hint of cinnamon and clove but it’s not really to noticeable.

The key notes here are definitely the sandalwood, benzoin, and ginger lily, as described in the description.

The smell on this incense is quite subtle. I wonder if this is because it is the ‘Morning Zen’ version. I haven’t yet tried the ‘Sitting Zen’ or the ‘Evening Zen’ versions yet.


I would rate these a 7/10.

I could see this being a valuable meditation tool.

It has a calming sort of scent.

However, I wish it didn’t have that dry sort of camp-fire scent. I personally would prefer more benzoin and sandalwood in the mix. The ginger lily is quite lovely, but I feel it needs more depth.

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