I might make another batch for myself, and would have a few sets extra. If you want to be notified, send an email. This won’t happen until end of November/early December.
Truly I have to restrain myself from lighting up the whole batch of this incense, the most special & costly to produce. My idea was to create something that smelled like a cache of aromatics from ancient times, and felt..well…sacral.
We have here a deeply earthy spicy-woody composition with a floral mien. Notes of labdanum, black pepper & ylang ylang…not from the essential oil, but a rare extraction.. are the main characteristics. The variety of labdanum used is the traditionally, sustainably harvested cistus creticus. Unlike the more common cistus ladanifer, in which the plants are uprooted, the labdanum from Crete is gathered using special wooden tools.
(note: in the photo, witch hazel is pretending to be ylang ylang)
Modern day incense production (even with indie businesses) is predominantly made from the slave wage labor of children & women in poor Asian countries. It’s also made with unsustainable and synthetic ingredients. Again, I have seen “natural” perfumery/incense brands using synthetic fragrance, easily detected by the claims of notes such as freesia, cyclamen, gardenia, moss and other scents that can’t be distilled as essential oils. Another practice is to use mostly charcoal and then dip the incense in a scent blend of synthetics, aka “fragrance oils” or essential oils. “Hand soaking” is what some of them call this. I call it green washing.
Tender Flower incense is a labor of love, made from plants gathered in the gardens, combined with genuinely ethical harvested & collected materials from around the world. Many are quite arcane. The plant materials used in TF incense create most of the scent and subtle healing benefits. Minute doses of oils and aromatic in house plant extractions are used to complement the natural woods, leaves, resins and flowers that make up the incense.
These are small batch productions & very special.4 large pieces. Note, there are only a few sets available.
Use: light cone about 3/4” from the tip until you get a good flame. Do not blow out. Place the incense on a ceramic or metal holder and let the flame extinguish naturally. Do not leave incense unattended.