Bushman’s Candle-Powder-A Natural Amber Aroma-For incense and perfume extracts-Sarcocaulon mossamedense-Sustainable & Fairly Traded

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Freshly ground Bushman’s Candle-Namibia. Sarcocaulon Mossemedes
We grind this material here in the studio. It is fresh, fragrant and nothing is added to it.

The most common product made from Bushman’s Candle is an extract made using alcohol. This extract/absolute contains the pure resin and aromatic compounds of the material without the non-aromatic and wax compounds and …

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Freshly ground Bushman’s Candle-Namibia. Sarcocaulon Mossemedes
We grind this material here in the studio. It is fresh, fragrant and nothing is added to it.

The most common product made from Bushman’s Candle is an extract made using alcohol. This extract/absolute contains the pure resin and aromatic compounds of the material without the non-aromatic and wax compounds and can be used directly in perfumes and incense.

An oil extract can also be produced from Bushman’s Candle by macerating the ground material in a warm carrier oil. At a ratio of 1:1 oil to powder, this infuses the oil with the waxes and resins and thickens the oil creating a fragrant wax that feels quite luxurious on the skin. The oil extract can be used in Oil-based perfumes, Solid Perfumes, soaps and candles.

Both the above products are filtered at the end of the maceration process.

Bushman’s Candle is the fallen bark from the desert succulent Sarcocaulon mossamedense, a member of the Geraniaceae family found in Namibia and Southern Angola where it grows in mainly coastal areas in grit with little water and lots of sun.
When a part of the plant dies, the soft interior decomposes over time leaving behind fragrant hollow sleeves of bark.

The bark is made of a waxy resinous material that endures the harsh desert climate for many years.
The Himba traditionally use the bark to add a unique aroma to wild game that is smoked over the fire.

The wax will ignite and stay lit much like a candle which gives this material its colloquial name.

Bushman’s candle can be powdered and used directly in incense blends though, it is more common to make an alcohol tincture of the powdered bark which separates the aromatic resin from the waxy base.
Once the product is filtered and the wax separated, the alcohol is evaporated to leave one with a fragrant “Resin Absolute” which can be used as a perfume or incense ingredient.

Bushman’s candle has a beautiful Amber scent that is rich, sweet, warm, woody and tenacious.

While the resin and essential oil of Bushman’s Candle can be extracted with alcohol, the wax portion dissolves in warm oils and creates a fragrant salve like paste that may be useful in skincare products.

In theory, it should be possible to extract 2 separate products from the raw bark, the alcohol extract for perfume and incense and the wax which can be used in candles and cosmetics.

This Bushman’s Candle bark is collected by women and men of the Himba Tribe through a co-op and all profit goes back to the tribe.

Please contact me here on Etsy if you are interested in larger quantities of Bushman’s Candle.
For more information on working with Bushmans Candle bark please see my post here-https://apothecarysgarden.com/2019/07/26/bushmans-balm-extracts-and-formulas/

Dan

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  1. Yazmin Miller

    Yazmin Miller

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  2. Saul Sauer

    Saul Sauer

    Musky and wine type scent on this powder, very nice.

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  3. Terrill Sawayn

    Terrill Sawayn

    sweet, pleasant scent. i hope products made with this material continue to be available going forward!

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  7. Lucinda Spinka

    Lucinda Spinka

    One of my favorite scents, this one is so warm and serene! Also I especially appreciate the way everything I ordered was carefully packed so nothing broke and nothing "scent-bled" onto anything else.

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  8. Mable Wisoky

    Mable Wisoky

    Mellow candle, warm amber.

    This reminds me of the smell of soft lit candles during the rain– lights out, gentle glow of flame. That soft and soothing scent of gazing out of a rainy window with some nice tea.

    I have so far used this in two ways: tincture reduction and as is– in arghabati incense sticks (no bamboo core for me). The reduction seems to lend itself a bit better for the mellow aromas of Bushman's candle in relation to an accord. The powder goes a long way and I have found is optimized in moderation to other aromatics. This stuff is great and I AM SO GLAD for the upfront work of it being powdered and ready for use. 🙏

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  9. Claudine Prosacco

    Claudine Prosacco

    Smelling this instantly takes me back to when I was a child in Poland, sitting in a church pew with my grandmother. Absolutely beautiful

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  10. Dagmar Hoeger

    Dagmar Hoeger

    I use this in an amber formula. I'm so glad it's offered pre-ground now. Thanks!

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  11. Michale Beer

    Michale Beer

    I infused the bushman’s candle in jojoba oil for use in a natural perfume and it is magnificent—like rich sweet incense.

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