The Awaji-Baikundo company was founded in the Awaji islands in 1885. Their incenses are delicate and unusual because they use Hydrangea Tea for their primary scent. The popularity of these incenses is evident because they are found in many department stores in southern Japan.
Apotheke Fragrance is an artisanal, handmade fragrance brand. Our products are blended, produced, packaged, and shipped by crafters at our Chiba, Japan workshop. The brand name is derived from the German word apotheke, meaning a place where fragrances and medicinal herbs are prepared, or in more modern parlance, a pharmacy. Like your neighborhood pharmacy, Apotheke Fragrance stays true to our customers’ lifestyles, prescribing scents for their everyday lives. The brand story begins ten years before its birth. Founder Keita Sugasawa, in his travels to different countries, was both impressed and surprised at the number of shops selling scented oils and incense. He was also surprised at the lack of such shops in within Japan. After returning to Japan, Sugasawa took a position at a Japanese fragrance maker as his first step to learning the ins and outs of the craft. In 2011, he established his own atelier in his boyhood home of Chiba Prefecture. This atelier became the new home of this hand-crafted fragrance brand