How much sweeter is this gift the tree offers freely than that which we take from her with machete and knife. Though myrrh resin is known for its bitterness, there is a soft sweetness in the aroma of Suhul Myrrh. It is usually lighter, brighter and more translucent than Sarac Myrrh.
5 years after my first visit with the Samburu Frankincense harvesters in Northern Kenya, things are finally coming together. We now have 2 groups of Samburu women harvesters who need to sell their Frankincense neglecta resins and 2 special wholesalers/importers working with us to bring them to the North American and European markets. All that […]
Around the world, we are losing our medicinal and aromatic plants at an ever-increasing pace while our demand for essential oils, aromatic, cosmetic and therapeutic plant materials continues to grow. We are caught in a loop of unsustainable practices and poor resource management that has only one final destination. The decline and demise of many […]
This is an edit of a post I wrote 2 years ago after coming across some lovely Ferula tingitana, (Ammoniacum) resin. Recently, I finally got my hands on the other Ammoniacum, Dorema ammoniacum which you will now find in the shop. For most intents and purposes the two are identical and interchangeable. During a trip […]
I have finally put together an Animalic/Musk sampler. The interest in animal-sourced musk samples has grown steadily in the shop and the release of this new product is a perfect opportunity to continue my discourse on the ethical issues inherent in Civet and other animal musks and what we can do to facilitate better stewardship […]
We have relied on the aromatic sap of trees for comfort and healing since the dawn of time. Pine, Spruce, Fir, Frankincense, Myrrh, Elemi, and many, many more provide us with a wide range of therapeutic properties and applications.
Castoreum has a deep, rich, tenacious, leathery, woody scent,often with smoky undertones and hints of forest trees and plants. Castoreum is used as a fixative and a base to middle note in “Masculine”, Oriental, Chypre type perfumes, and in leather accords which it can generate almost single-handedly.
We have used Frankincense and Myrrh for medicine, cosmetics, perfume and incense since the dawn of civilization.
A tea made with Frankincense is an ancient and accepted remedy in many cultures and traditional medical systems for a broad range of ailments.
Considered an aphrodisiac since time immemorial, Ambergris fetches Astronomical prices for those lucky enough to find it washed up on beaches around the world.
The amber-scented wax of Bushman’s Candle is perfect for cosmetics, candles, moustache waxes, and therapeutic skin-healing formulas and is easy to extract from the bark.
February 2019 brought a visit with the Camel and Goat herders of the Somali region of Ethiopia. What was once called the “Ogaden”. They are the collectors of Frankincense and Myrrh.