Palais d’Hiver Incense by Astier de Villatte
Box of 125 sticks.
Burning time 30 minutes each.
Made in Japan.
An icy mist floats over the Neva. Suddenly, the rising sun lights up the sumptuous facade of the Winter Palace. Through the tall windows, its rays illuminate the stucco and the rich gilding of the ballrooms. The air is imbued with the scent of the tsarinas: an exuberance of musky patchouli mixed with the delicious perfume of white flowers.
Contains essences of Vetiver, Patchouli, Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang, Virginia Cedar and White Musk.
The best incense in the world is found on the island of Awaji, due to its favourable climate. For more than a thousand years it has been made here by the Koh-shis or Masters of Aromas, a tradition passed down from father to son. They alone perfectly master the four stages of production: the dosage of exclusively natural materials, precious woods, herbs, plants, vegetable resins, and perfume; the kneading of the dough, pressed and worked for a long time, then left to stand for two weeks to soak up the fragrance; the cutting of the dough, rolled into long, narrow ribbons, to the desired size; then drying in the west wind for three days before bundling the sticks.
Light the end of the stick with a match, blow out the flame and leave to smoke. Plant the stick in an incense burner or a bowl of sand. Do not use in a flammable environment. Do not leave burning without supervision. Keep out of reach of children and animals.