Launched in Spring 2011, and wander is a Japanese brand that design and manufacture outdoor clothes for the style conscious. Run by designer Keita Ikeuchi (formally of Issey Miyake Men) they create clothes that are durable and functional yet don’t look out of place being worn around town.
Kuumba recently collaborated with and wander to produce a small collection. The collection consisted of a tube of incense sticks and a metal incense holder that is designed to be used outdoors.
We recently got our hands on a pack of the incense sticks and couldn’t wait to give them a try.
The sticks themselves don’t have a name, but on the front of the package, they are describes as basil, lavender, tangerine and patchouli scented. An interesting combination.
Now, I’ve burnt lavender, patchouli and citrus based incense sticks in the past, but have never burnt anything basil scents, and I definitely haven’t burnt anything that contains all 4 ingredients. I was very intrigued.
The sticks themselves smell quite neutral. The most dominating scent is citrus. I picked up a small hint of lavender but that was it. Fortunately, we don’t buy incense to just sit and smell the sticks- time to light up.
The first scent that hits you, as expected, is the tangerine. It’s fresh and zesty, just as you’d expect, but wasn’t too sharp or artificial smelling. As the sticks burnt the citrus seemed to mellow down and the lavender and patchouli snuck through, and my what a pleasant scent it was. The lavender seemed to come in waves, it was soft and gentle and very relaxing. I didn’t pick up much of the patchouli or the basil but one scent I did pick up from time to time was the pepper, which I thought was strange. As the stick reached the end the citrus notes seems to disappear and a soft, slightly woody scent remained.
At first glance, the ingredients seem to be a little random (to me at least) but what Kuumba managed to do pull together some ingredients that all small fantastic on their own and combine them to create a complex yet pleasing scent. You can really smell nature with these sticks, and I love how they managed to capture the essence of the outdoors so well.
Overall, I was very impressed with this collaboration and will definitely buy some more when I can.
Whilst we didn’t manage to get our hands on the incense holder, we do think that it does look pretty cool and can just imagine being sat around a tent, enjoying a cool beer and burning a stick as the sun sets. The holder itself looks like a thick metal needle with a small piece of climbing rope attached to it. Quite different, but probably won’t be much use when used indoors, since it’s designed to be stuck into the ground.
An unlikely collaboration but one that was executed perfectly.
Scent: basil, lavender, tangerine, patchouli