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FRANKINCENSE

From the mountains of Tibet to the Temple of Solomon, thousands of years of spirituality and mystical experience attest to the mystique and appeal of frankincense. Add to that scientific studies showing potential anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, and suddenly even modernity finds itself extolling the virtues of this ancient...

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SANDALWOOD

Sandalwood’s association with the spiritual is so ancient and profound that it transcends cultures and religions. Throughout the Far East, Asia Minor, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, sandalwood’s unmistakable, honeyed sweetness can be discerned as incense in churches, mosques, temples, as well as on...

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VETIVER

Vetiver is a grass; hence it is often called khus which is simply the Hindi word for grass. The oil is obtained by distilling only the roots of the plant and not the blades. For that reason, vetiver oil is bronze colored. Many vetiver oils do appear green, however, due to their being distilled in copper vessels.
The oil is rich, earthy, and...

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musks

Musk scents and materials, also called animalics, are derived from actual animals, and they smell the part. Traditionally the term referred to musk (produced by the musk deer), ambergris (produced by sperm whales), and civet (produced by a weasel-like creature call the civet cat)... All animalics are associated with purposes integral to life, which, for me at least, gives them an inimitable depth and vitality...

AGARWOOD

It would be no exaggeration to describe agarwood, also called oud and aloeswood, as the crown jewel of the fragrance world, ancient and modern.

It has been called everything from “the scent of Heaven” to “the cure of deceases” in its historical rise to becoming the rarest, most sought after aromatic on Earth—the oil easily commands over thirty-five thousand US dollars per kilogram. As you can well imagine...

Precious Florals

Without doubt, floral aromatics—whether they take the form of essential oils, absolutes, or the flowers themselves—are integral to the soul of perfume. Natural florals, sourced from actual flowers, are a class of materials that offer a virtually unlimited palette of scents. They can be dark and sweet, light and citrusy, spicy, even animalic—playing just as important a role in plant reproduction as most...