"Justine Crane is a perfumer of the old school, using natural essences and materials to produce luxury perfumes, body products and incense. I have tried two of her Kyphi blends and was impressed by both.
The Red Kyphi has all the deep qualities one might expect from a Kyphi
blend, there are also many other layers in here, lots of study time and a
good choice as a meditative scent. Overall, to my nose, there is an
herbal scent as well as a resinated feel to it mixed in with a sort of
animal note. Not in the sense of actual animal materials as much as a
feeling or vibration. Think Primal scent. This is not the type of
incense that is going to fill up a room if used on an electric heater
(which is what I am using). It is more along the lines of wearing a very
close perfume or cologne that is for your benefit(or someone you are
The Pink Lotus Kyphi is stronger the Red and also has a very interesting
progression of scents. The pink lotus aspect jumps right out, mixed in
with some resins. Then it all settles down into what I can only describe
as sultry, sumptuous, and very seductive. Just the thing for a romantic
evening, maybe not so much for meditation :o .
I notice at her Esty store that there is also a Lavender Kyphi and if you go onto her blog you
can read about the process, which is fascinating and quit informative.
Kyphi is not something that one casually knocks out in a day or so; it
is a long-term process with many steps and a lot of expensive
ingredients. Making it takes passion, using it is a joy. Have fun. -Ross"