Labdanum Resin-Balm of Gilead-Cistus Ladanifer-Spain. Fresh and Fragrant.

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Labdanum resin. Extracted from the leaves and twigs of the Cistus Ladanifer plant in Spain.
A sticky, semi-solid mass. Chill before removing from packaging.

An ancient and well-known perfume and incense ingredient, Labdanum has been used as the base for Amber type fragrances for many centuries.

Labdanum is often a core ingredient in Chypre, and …

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Labdanum resin. Extracted from the leaves and twigs of the Cistus Ladanifer plant in Spain.
A sticky, semi-solid mass. Chill before removing from packaging.

An ancient and well-known perfume and incense ingredient, Labdanum has been used as the base for Amber type fragrances for many centuries.

Labdanum is often a core ingredient in Chypre, and Oriental style perfumes.
Some consider it to be the “Balm of Gilead” referred to in the old Testament since this sweet-smelling and comforting aromatic grows in the ancient territory of “Gilead” in Israel.
Labdanum is also thought to be one of the ingredients in the sacred temple incense, “Ktoreth”.

As described in my blog post, http://apothecarysgarden.com/2013/07/02/labdanum-beard-grooming-babylonian-style/, Labdanum has been in use for thousands of years for fragrance, medicine, incense and grooming. No one can resist a beard that has been touched by Labdanum.

2 types of Labdanum are currently available on the global market, the western Mediterranean Cistus Ladanifer, and the Eastern Mediterranean, Cistus Creticus.
The “Spanish, or Western Mediterranean type is most often grown as an annual plant and cut to the ground late summer, early fall. The whole branches are boiled and the raw resin floats to the top of the barrel where it is collected and shipped elsewhere for processing.

Much of the Labdanum on the market is from this source, most often bought by consumers as a resinoid after solvent extraction even though it is usually sold as the essential oil of Labdanum.

Those who collect Frankincense, Labdanum, Myrrh and many other traditional wild harvests, are ideally suited and positioned to care for our fragrant and medicinal natural resources. We have badly managed them till now and they are quickly declining all over the world, even as our consumption increases. By purchasing from traditional harvesters we can contribute to a responsible and sustainable model of economics and ensure that these natural treasures are thriving still in decades to come.

If your resin is sticky, it may be difficult to remove it intact from the plastic wrapper. My trick and workaround is to place the bag in the fridge or freezer for 15-30 minutes before attempting to separate it from its package. After chilling, it will detach with ease and without leaving any material stuck to the wrapper.

Additional information

weight

5 grams, 10 grams, 20 grams, 50 grams, 100 grams

materials

essential oils, Labdanum, oleoresin, resin

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  1. Sharon Von

    Sharon Von

    Awesome! Fresh and arrived quickly!

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  2. Macy Goodwin

    Macy Goodwin

    Wonderful like everything l bought from here

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  3. Sid Stanton

    Sid Stanton

    The quality is really nice and speedy delivery was a happy surprise.

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    Odie Cremin

    Came quickly, smells wonderful, packaged nicely.

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  5. Ewell Rice

    Ewell Rice

    very high-quality item showed up exactly as described I look forward to buying from this shop again

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    Ray Durgan

    Glorious quality, superb service, looking forward to future dealings!

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  7. Fanny O'Hara

    Fanny O’Hara

    It was delivered promptly and I was happy to see someone offer this rare item for sale. We haven't actually used it yet. It looks good and I will leave an updated review when we do.

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  8. Katelin Kutch

    Katelin Kutch

    This arrived in great shape. Thank you very much for filling my order so quickly!

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  9. Jude Funk

    Jude Funk

    Purchased for my education. I don't have enough experience to judge.

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  10. Santina Veum

    Santina Veum

    This smells like heaven. I could swim in it.

    The most DIVINE, pure products, quick dispatch, excellent packaging, and a generous gift. I am thrilled.

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  11. Maribel Wisoky

    Maribel Wisoky

    I'm in love with this stuff my god is it extraordinary you will not be dissapointed!

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  12. Julio Hackett

    Julio Hackett

    as always, everything is perfect.

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  13. Noemie Fadel

    Noemie Fadel

    Ordered several items from this seller-all arrived very quickly (from Canada to Arizona), and were packaged well, with generous quantities. As for the labdanum resin-
    Wow-what a scent-it’s rich and delicious and warm-it smells like something I know, but I’ve never smelled it before. It’s so soothing and grounding-I put my whole nose into it and just sighed with contentment. It’s almost like-olfactory déjà vu..
    Product itself seems fresh and very high quality-the aroma and color are both rich and appear fresh.
    The seller was very generous with free gifts-and while I haven’t weighed each item I ordered, it seems like many of them are weighed with a heavy hand, which is certainly appreciated.
    I’ve been ogling the sellers website/blog, and can’t wait to start making some fragrance oils.

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