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I for the price I paid for this product I am very dissatisfied with, the packaging was horrible. It came in a big envelope with barely no protection inside and so some of the beads were broken, then I put it on for like twenty minutes and it started falling apart, mind you that I bought it for meditation and had not even used it yet. Not even four days after I got it, it broke apart, so I just lost my money. Please do not buy from this seller, the product is a bust, very, very unhappy.
My immediate past Mala beads became dear friends, through thick and thin. However, through gasoline was a bit much for both of us. I had to find a successor. So, I got on line and believed I bought from the same vendor of three years ago. Not so.
The delicate fragrance of sandalwood, to those who know it, has a subtle transformative effect. And these beads have none of that. Too bad. But they are well built, the tassel is lovely, and I will make do for now.
Feels like plastic because the beads are over coated with some clear stuff. The don't smell like sandalwood and it is too short to be used as a true mala. Would not spend the money cause it picks your neckhair to.
Really love these beads. The scent alone is so calming and great during meditation. It's actually a much lighter and gentler scent than the essential oil of sandalwood so I found recently that I prefer these beads to the essential oil. Highly recommend these! I'm getting these beads again because unfortunately a pen exploded on mine.
- The difference between 7mm beads and 8mm beads may not seem remarkable, but it's the difference between whether a mala can be looped 4 times around an adult wrist or not. These are most certainly 7mm beads.
- This was strung on poor quality string.
- The frizzy tassle - NO. (However, I was planning on needing to remove this anyhow, judging from the pictures on Amazon.)
- The part of the end cap bead was chipped off.
- This came with 110 beads, including the guru bead. Which would be make sense if there were spacers at 36 and 72, but it does not make sense to have a spacer of the same type of bead.
- Despite what it left to be desired, the beads were of uniform size, good quality, and do have sandalwood scent.
The first thing I did was cut out the strings and restrung it onto a thick wax string, with red coral spacers and a 12mm piece of turquoise and a red coral spacer in place of the wooden end cap. It took some doing, but I was eventually able to muscle this onto my wrist. All in all, it ended up okay. That said, if I had just purchased 108 sandalwood beads and a guru bead, which is what I ended up using from this purchase, I doubt they'd have cost $13.
I needed this to ship to a prison and there were no problems. The timing was excellent, and even though the prison didn't allow the inmate to keep it, they shipped it back to me so I know that the product was exactly as described. I wanted to be sure the mala was fragrant enough, and you could smell the sandalwood even through the zip lock bag, so it was perfect. Too bad the inmate couldn't keep it, but now I have an awesome sandalwood mala! :) Thank you!
I always have to restring malas because i give them to prisoners and the stringing thread needs to be able to break so no one can be strangled with the cord. These malas were perfect because the beads were nice, smooth, uniform and really reasonably priced. Delivery was quick and easy too. For my needs they would get a 5-star rating if they already came strung on weak thread and had a white tassel.
Has the correct number of beads. Smells nice. The tassel is not great, it is pretty frizzy and does not lay nicely, but i am willing to overlook it because I like the beads themselves. I have small hands and wrists, so although the beads are small, they are a good size for me. It loops 4 times around my wrist.
I am sure the string wont last long, but i will restring it if it breaks.
There is just something about it that I like very much, though it does have its flaws.