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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
- 10 milliliters organic brandy
- sterilized beaker or glass bottle
- brown or blue atomizer glass bottle
- 25 drops labdanum absolute
- 5 drops vanilla absolute
- 5 drops pine essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops rose otto essential oil
- 5 drops blood orange essential oil
- 10 drops bergamot essential oil
- 3 drops clove bud essential oil
Blend together the grain alcohol and brandy in the sterilized beaker or glass bottle. Add each drop of oil in the following order: (1) labdanum; (2) vanilla; (3) pine; (4) lavender; (5) rose otto; (6) blood orange; (7) bergamot; and last, no. (8) clove bud. Stir each ingredient, one-at-a-time and also give yourself a moment to smell and embrace each aroma. Examine, study and experience your natural creation. Tightly seal the bottle and store this dazzling blend in a dark, cool place. Place a dab or two of this blend on your wrists and neck. Enjoy! By - Kyle Brandon Leite
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
10 milliliters of base oil (coconut oil or jojoba oil)
Sterilized beaker or glass bottle
Brown or blue glass vial
- 15 drops labdanum absolute
- 10 drops sandalwood essential oil
- 5 drops iris absolute
- 5 drops rose otto
- 8 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 drops pink grapefruit essential oil
- 3 drops bergamot essential oil
Begin by pouring 10 milliliters of the base oil into the sterilized beaker or glass bottle. Add each drop of aromatic oil in the following order: labdanum absolute, sandalwood essential oil, iris absolute, rose otto, lavender essential oil, pink grapefruit essential oil and bergamot essential oil. Stir each ingredient into the beaker/bottle, one at a time, and as you add each ingredient, give yourself a moment to smell and embrace each aroma. Remember to seal the bottle tightly and to keep this blend stored in a dark, cool place. Place a dab or two of this blend on your wrists and neck. Enjoy! - By Kyle Brandon Leite
Friday, October 14, 2016
I was first introduced to aromatic resins in my early teens while frequenting our local New England flea market. Each visit filled me with the hope of discovering natural and sometimes spiritual finds. Each visit was another treasure hunt for me, and in some sense, these visits were where my fragrant journey began. I will never forget the dusty, mold-like aroma that carried throughout each aisle and cluttered vendor. It was an odd and displeasing aroma - muffled by the fragrance of incense and fresh pizza. I recall my hastiness in traveling through each aisle, with my finger’s crossed, in hopes that my favorite merchants were open and ready.
The Incense Lady
It’s impossible to describe in words my excitement and eagerness to visit one very special person, who was known by many as The Incense Lady. The aroma of her smoldering herbs and foreign powders were easily detected two or three aisles away from her booth. At first glimpse this small vendor seemed dark and unappealing, piled with joss sticks of every size, hand-blended herbal powders, and fragrant oils - both natural and some, I assumed to be synthetic alternatives.
Beyond its appearance, it was an eccentric place with a fragrant path that led many to it, some who were curious and others, like me who were on a treasure hunt for the beauty and inspiration of the natural world. During each visit The Incense Lady’s place introduced to me a new curio…an exciting find…a new treasure!
When I was first introduced to aromatic resins, I was exposed to them in their form as burning incense or “loose incense.” The first bit of resin knowledge I obtained was how to safely burn these sticky and sometimes arduous materials by using a charcoal briquette (a small charcoal brick designed for burning resin granules).
At first, The Incense Lady acquainted me with the sunbeam-glow of Frankincense Tears (Boswellia sacra), which she then blended with the darkness and gloom of Myrrh Resin (Commiphora myrrha), dressing me in a bubble of aroma…enclosing my spirit with an overwhelming sense of comfort and peace of mind.
I was also introduced to a number of naturally derived resins, including Copal (Protium copal), Dragon’s Blood (Dracaena draco), wild-crafted Pine Resin (Pinus) and “Honey Amber,” a gourmand blend of Benzoin, Styrax, Vanilla and Beeswax.
Above all of the aromatic resins introduced to me, it is impossible to dismiss the dark, redolent, amber-like aroma of labdanum. Just a few granules of this sticky, tar-like resin placed upon a charcoal briquette provide enough fragrance to fill an entire room with an aura of luxury and finery.
Labdanum - Rock Rose - Rose of Sharon
The Labdanum resinoid originates from Africa, Europe, France, Spain and the eastern and western Mediterranean. Labdanum Absolute is the extraction of both the Pink Rock Rose (Cistus creticus) and the Gum Rock Rose (Cistus ladanifer) using solvent extraction. Labdanum absolute should not to be confused with Cistus Essential Oil, which is derived from steam distillation of Gum Rock Rose leaves. Today, Labdanum Absolute is produced and processed in Cyprus, France, Greece, Morocco and Spain.
A lambadistrion was the job title of those employed to gather the precious Labdanum resin. They collected the resin, with the use of a leather rake, from the beards and hair of goats that had recently grazed through the fields of Rock Rose evergreen. After raking, the lambadistrion carefully removed the sticky resin from each individual strap. However, in earlier times, labdanum was gathered by boiling the raw plants in water. Their resins would rise to the surface and were collected after the water had cooled. Throughout history, labdanum has been used as an ingredient in medicine, perfumery, cosmetics, and in the preparation of compounded incense
Personally, I find the best experience one could have with labdanum is burning a drop or two of the raw resinoid on a charcoal briquette. Charcoal briquettes can be purchased at your local incense store, online or at your local organic food store.
In perfumery, labdanum is the foundation and an ingredient of many Chypre and Amber accords. It sings notes of leathery wood, dark florals, sweet evergreen, sticky amber, and a twilight veil of rich gourmand-like smoke. Labdanum is also commonly used as a substitute for ambergris and musk.
Freezing small portions of labdanum resin will make it easier and more pliable when creating personal blends. This can be done by placing small amounts of labdanum (usually .5 -1 ml) resin onto parchment or wax paper and allowing it to sit in the freezer for 15-30 minutes. Any vegetable based carrier oil or 190+ proof alcohol will remove labdanum or stains caused by the resin from most surfaces.
Rock Rose Nectar - Perfume Body Oil Recipe
- 10 milliliters of base oil (almond oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil)
- Sterilized beaker or glass bottle
- Brown or blue glass vial (to prevent light from damaging the perfume)
- 15 drops labdanum absolute
- 12 drops patchouli essential oil
- 8 drops peach isolate
- 4 drops neroli absolute
- 4 drops bergamot essential oil
Begin by pouring 10 milliliters of the base oil into the sterilized beaker or glass bottle. Add each drop of aromatic oil in the following order: labdanum absolute, patchouli essential oil, peach isolate, neroli absolute and bergamot essential oil. Stir each ingredient into the beaker/bottle, one at a time, and as you add each ingredient, give yourself a moment to smell and embrace each aroma. Remember to seal the bottle tightly and to keep this blend stored in a dark, cool place. Place a dab or two of this blend on your wrists and neck. Enjoy!
By Kyle Brandon Leite
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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