One thing that I love about incense is its ability to take you on a journey. What I mean by that is with a lot of scents, it’s not just about how it smells, but also about how it makes you feel. A lot of my favourite incense remind be of places I’ve visited, or experiences that I’ve had. I love that. I love that lighting a certain stick can bring back so many good memories of a particular time of my life.
I recently returned from an amazing trip to California, but like a lot of people, I had massive holiday blues and spent the week or so after I returned clutching at anything that would remind me of my time there. So when I saw that Kuumba have a scent called ‘Cali Girl’, well, I knew what I had to do.
I’m not sure what I expected from it, but what I did imagine when I thought about ‘Cali Girl’ was something quite floral. Fresh flowers laid on the bed of a converted camper van parked on the beach of a small coastal surf town. Yeah, that’s what I was imagining.
With my SoCal Spotify Playlist ready, I lit up, laid back and let my mind go.
The scent hit me straight away. I got the floral notes that I expected (I’m getting quite good at this). It was fresh yet mellow and had just the right level of sweetness to it. I sat there, wafting the smoke towards me in an encouraging manner, hoping to pick up a few more notes so that I could write a really long review and after a few minutes, the scents evolved a little. The floral notes started to fade a little and the sweetness really picked up as I caught a hit of something. I bolted upright. I recognised the scent but couldn’t put my finger on it. Was it caramel? No. Chocolate? And then it hit me. MARZIPAN. I took a deep breath to allow me to appreciate the scent. It was delightful. I’ve never burnt an incense that smelt of marzipan, this was a first for me and I was thoroughly enjoying it.
As the stick burnt the flavours continued to change. One minute the marzipan really crept through and then it’d die down and the floral notes would return. I also caught tiny hints of vanilla from time to time. This was definitely one of the most complex scents I’ve burnt.
I’m really happy with this and can see myself burning a lot of it.
Scent: Sweet, Marzipan, Vanilla