Writing a negative or average review of herbal incense can be relatively boring. There’s not much to say. I don’t enjoy bashing companies, and most companies confident and benevolent enough to send free samples for review usually have some belief behind their product, which it hurts a little to shatter.
When it comes to writing a review of a terrible movie for example, say the Nicolas Cage version of The Wicker Man, there are so many aspects to expound upon, such as his senselessly violent misogynistic attitude which inclines his character (?) to beat up fat or young women, his use of a gun to steal a villager’s bicycle, the riveting dialogue twist on the original… his allergic reaction to bees (see below photo). I could go on and on.
But there’s nothing to really expound upon with average incense… it’s just… average. My hypothesis is it’s the result of low concentration and/or inefficient procedures resulting in mediocrity, or apathy with intentions of only reeling in revenue. I procrastinated my review for Wicked Spice until receiving a similarly average Hypnotic. I figured I’d seamlessly bundle these two in a review even though these companies are in no way affiliated so far as I can tell.
Wicked Spice has a typical spice smell to it straight from the bag. When burning it produces harsh clouds of smoke that some may find undesirable. Effects are hardly notable at first, but then a feeling of weightfullness drops in after a good five minutes, a depressent effect which drags you into a dreary and semi-apathetic state of mind. This isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just kind of, well, dull compared to what we usually hope to experience with quality herbal incense.
Hypnotic’s scent is less heavy and its aroma produces more sedation, albeit a more welcome sedation, than Wicked. Straight from the bag it has a hint of a grape scent, still a bit vague. If I were given the option of either Wicked Spice or Hypnotic, I would go for the Hypnotic. If I was given the option of any incense, I would consider neither.
Both of these can function on the level of a legitimate sleep aid. Neither have a particularly pleasant aroma, however if you are experiencing issues with insomnia, perhaps burning Wicked Spice or Hypnotic (which, in a sense, is fitting) may be just the thing for you. I’m not implying these are complete wastes, they’re just two John Does in a world of much more glamour.