These vampire blood incense sticks are made by Devil’s Garden and despite their themed and somewhat silly name, have proven to be an insanely popular incense stick over the years. Unfortunately, about two or three years ago, they began manufacturing their incense at a different factory. Ultimately, they ended up changing the formulation slightly, which led to many of their customers complaining, and saying that they liked the older variety much more.

I have personally tried both varieties of this fabled incense stick and I am going to give you my personal review on both of them.

The Packaging

The packaging is quite attractive. Red splatters across a black box with big red letters detailing ‘Vampire’s Blood’.

It’s description says:

Vampire blood is harvested through an advanced process in which vampires are slowly bled. The unearthly qualities of the blood are isolated and extracted into a premium incense. Some vampires were harmed during this process but none met true death. This is a rare premium extract of Vampire Blood that is sure to heighten the senses and create inner sensations of nirvana.

Devil’s Garden Incense is a unique blend of rare herbs, flowers, resins and essential oils.  When you light devil’s garden incense the natural aroma will relax and enlighten you.  All of the ingredients of this natural product are purely organic, non-toxic and ozone friendly.

I don’t really like how they harm vampires to create these incense sticks, but jokes aside, it is quite clear that this incense is targeted towards a certain group of people.

Original Vampire Blood Incense Sticks

Many people say the original sticks smelled like nag champa, but with something else added. Most people seem to have a hard time placing this note. I personally have a lot of experience smelling and classifying resins and incense sticks. I strongly believe it’s fragrance to be nag champa with added dragons blood and perhaps benzoin. I believe the dragons blood scent to be mostly fragrance oil, but according to the manufacturer, this incense is entirely natural. Regardless, I thought these incense sticks smelled very nice. The smell lingered for many hours and even 12 hours later I could smell a hint of it but I wouldn’t consider it’s fragrance invasive.

These are a masala styled incense stick, with a fixative powder over top the base.

Overall Verdict

Decent incense sticks with a fun theme. These may be quite attractive for people interested in goth culture or are interested in vampires, whether for historical reasons, or simply for fun.

I would rate these a 7/10 due to their relatively cheap price. They won’t impress you like a fine Japanese incense, but they won’t break your bank like one either. I consider it to be much better then some other incense brands, such as HEM which are available for roughly the same price.

New Vampire Blood Incense Sticks

Once they began manufacturing these in a new factory, many of their old customers who fell in love with the old style of this incense began to complain that it did not smell the same. I do agree, it does not the smell the same. It almost seems like they replaced some of the nag champa scents with more dragons blood. This leads to a slightly darker, and less complex scent. I still think it smells rather nice, and would not mind if somebody burned one of these incense sticks in my presence, but at the same time, I understand why some old customers who had a preferred the original scent might deviate from this brand once finding out that it had changed.

Overall Verdict

I would rate these a 6/10. They are still the same price, which is rather cheap, and they still smell rather nice. Many of the original characteristics are still there and you can tell they tried to replicate the scent as best they could. Unfortunately, it turned out a little different, and perhaps has a little less character then the original.

I hope you found this information beneficial.

Thomas Reed

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