Series 3 Incense was launched in 2002 and was devoted to the five main spiritual teachings of humanity:
Jaisalmer – Hinduism
Avignon – Catholicism
Ouarzazate – Islam
Zagorsk – Orthodox Christianity
Kyoto – Buddhism, and Shintoism
Each of the fragrances is named after the cities significant for those teachings.
Jaisalmer is Hinduism, named after the ancient Indian city of Jaisalmer, situated in the desert, north-western part of India, in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer means ‘Golden City’ and in ancient times it was placed on the route between India and Egypt. Indian traders were transporting ebony to Egypt, and therefore it is one of the main notes in this fragrance. Red hot pepper is mixed with aromatic warm cinnamon and cardamom, incense is here spicy, woodsy and earthy.
Named after the ancient desert city in India, Jaisalmer was inspired by the spices and woods that passed through its namesake trade route, linking India to Egypt. Throughout the Incense series, CdG took at least one element associated with the city/country from which each of the scents take their name; in Jaisalmer, prized Indian ebony is added to resinous guaiac hardwood at the base, while a healthy dose of spice comprises the opening. The opposing sweet spice and earthy wood nature of this incense is a perfect salute to the gorgeous culture amidst the harsh climate of Jaisalmer itself.
Cardamom, incense, cinnamon, amber, benzoin, pimento, berries, guaiac wood (aka gaiac wood or saint wood), ebony.