Fantome Tatami is part of the Japan Collection and has notes of the welcoming and familiar scent of a Japanese temple. Tatami (rice straw mats), warmed in the sun, with soothing temple incense. From the brand - "The single scent that can evoke the time spent in Japan by any traveler is that of the iconic tatami mats that line temples, restaurants, and homes. When tatami ages and warms, it creates a pleasant natural aroma in the space. There is no way to naturally distill the scent of the rice straw of which most tatami mats are woven, so we sourced a cypress that has undergone the same treatment process as tatami and painstakingly recreated the scent of rice straw tatami in a temple. Due to our sourcing of these unique ingredients, initial application may be strong before it warms and deepens, similar to that of the life cycle of tatami."
Fantome perfumes are indie, small batch handmade and vegan. This is a perfume oil.
Reddit - "It smells just as described: the soft, almost hay-like fragrance of a tatami mat and a whisper of temple incense, which I believe is sandalwood. At first sniff of this, I was immediately taken back to our machiya style AirBnB in Kyoto."
Yuzu's Vanity - "The smell of unlit incense sticks, dried tatami mats, and distinctly green accord like damp rainy weather with a comforting blend of warm wood... This scent leans a little closer to pine/cypress territory to me, but nevertheless, Tatami is incredibly evocative, and pairs the tatami with an indulgent day in at the Ryokan on an overcast day of light showers...this is a brilliant rendition of a uniquely Japanese scent, and wonderfully evocative."
Indiescent Library - "A mild but instantly nostalgic scent; this really does resemble the smell of braided straw. Dry, aromatic, and a little powdery, in lieu of the smokiness usually associated with incenses, with realistic, mildly pungent rice notes wafting in and out as it wears. Amazingly atmospheric and entirely usable for anyone wary of incenses; I can see why this is a cult favorite."