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Incense Journal

The term "Paleo" here is a reference to incense ingredients that predate recorded history. Burning incense is an ancient practice that puts us in touch with memory, both personal and ancestral.

Dispatch from Mumbai

Mike Pare

Our friends Didier and Kiki are traveling in India right now, sniffing out some quality incense ingredients.  Here are some pics they sent from a Marketplace in Mumbai.  The incense dealer has a variety of natural ingredients.

bricks of loban - gum benzoin

bricks of loban - gum benzoin

Sandalwood Powder, gums and resins.

Sandalwood Powder, gums and resins.

Black sandalwood in the bottom of the frame.  New to us.

Black sandalwood in the bottom of the frame.  New to us.

And here's what this stuff costs to the average wandering tourist-

Loban 100g for 50 rupees (about $.75)

Dhoop (this is what he called it but looked like frankincense) 100g for 50r

Sandalwood powder 50g for 200r ($3)

Sandalwood black chunks 50g for 200r

Indonesia rosin 50g for 100r ($1.50)