Natural incense sticks by Shoyeido, found at the Monocle Shop in London. Scent Gen-Roku (Returning Spirit), features aged woods and fine herbs.

Feel it

“Things that make one’s heart beat faster… To sleep in a room where some fine incense has been burnt. To wash one’s hair, to make one’s toilet, and put on scented robes. Even if not a soul sees one, these preparations still produce an inner pleasure.”

From The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon




Introducing a new scent is probably the simplest way to create a new mood for a room.

For our bedroom in Helsinki, I chose Japanese Shoyeido incense sticks that we burn in the polished brass and oak incense burner by Monocle. 

Half a stick is better than burning a full one. Fresh air in afterwards and the room is ready for the night.