I have been buying up different Baieido incenses and here is my take on a few I have purchased.
This is their standard and apparently best selling line which is very affordable and of a high quality. The smell is of Sandalwood with a light subtle clean flowery smell. It's very nice and kind of addictive. There is not much depth to the scent but it is high quality, incense you can buy lots of just to burn everyday.
BAIEIDO EXCELLENT TOKUSEN KOBUNBOKU
This is the premium incense of the Kobunboku range and my favorite. I love how this smells as it has a very spiritual vibe and is quite complex.
I get sandalwood mixed in with green plant like smells along with a very lovely spiritual agarwood smell that I never get sick of smelling. It smells a little like the Oud in Tom Fords Oud Wood but more natural and better.
The stick burns for 30 mins and unfurls to give you a complex olfactory experience with the woods and plant like smells only to uplift you with the almost mystical like agarwood note. I really like this incense.
BYAKUDAN KOUBUNBOKU - EXTRA SANDALWOOD INCENSE
I love this very affordable Sandalwood incense and hand on my heart this is the best Sandalwood incense I have smelled. I have some Indian Sandalwood incense from Pure Incense that I loved before this and that now smells crude in comparison.
The smell is one of a very refined woods with a slight creamy almost crystalline aroma that is multifaceted. In a way that on just one smell you are experiencing different aspects of the Mysore heartwood at once. When you are hit with the smoke it really is heavenly.
Now what I found different in this than the Indian variety is that this is the smell of burning sandalwood with the emphasis on WOODs. Where with the Indian variety they use the oil and usually they add vanilla in the base to make it more sweet.
Smelling Baeido's natural though I believe they have added a few herbs or spice to complement the Sandalwood is so much better than the oil added to bamboo stick variety.
This is a gorgeous sandalwood that captures the magic of the Mysore heartwood and it can be had for a very reasonable price. I have spent a lot of time and effort trying to smell the "good stuff" in expensive synthetic colognes. Where all along under my nose you can experience the heavenly smell of Mysore in a incense.
KAI UN KOH INCENSE
Apparently this incense is from a ancient traditional Japanese recipe used in temples in days gone by. Also it is different in that the sticks are slightly thicker than the very thin usual Japanese sticks and are squared off at both ends.
I found this to smell very spicy and earthy with that slight smell of burning woods. It also has a freshness about it. if you could imagine walking through a forest early one morning and smell the earthy smell of burning woods on the breeze that also has a spicy aroma then you are nearly there.
I like this but after a while my nose starts to filter out the scent that I begin not to smell it. It's really strange to be surrounded by its smoke up close but not smell anything. Sometimes it's fine and I can smell it but at other times I get olfactory fatigue with this one.
All I have left that I want to smell from Baeido is Kaden Kobunboku and Shu Koh Koku.
From all the different ones I have tried I have been impressed with the quality and natural complex woody smells.
The only problem I have had is that sometimes because the incense is very subtle is that my noise has a tendency to filter out the smell so you tend not to smell it. I'm not sure if this is olfactory fatigue or that my nose has gotten used to the smell so I cannot smell it. Sometimes I have had to walk out of a room and then back in again to smell the fragrance anew.
All in all a wonderful range of incense fragrances!