When studying the history of perfumery, one will realize that perhaps the only phenomenon that every religion could agree upon is the role of fragrance in spirituality.
In a world where we find many things that divide us–race, religion, color, language–Scents OF Worship is a reminder of the unifying scents IN worship.
5,000 years ago, the first perfumes were aromatics kindled as incense to gods and ancestors. It was believed that their scent was pleasing to the gods.
“Two of ancient Egypt’s best-known incense resins were frankincense and myrrh. Their Arabian varieties were presented to the infant Jesus by the legendary Magi.
Spikenard comes from the root of the Indian plant Nardostachys jatamansi. It was used most famously by Mary Magdalene to perfume the feet of Jesus.
The Bible is a wonderful record of the imported and native scents that were favored in the ancient Near East. Specifically, the Song of Solomon ranks amongst the greatest of the world’s aromatic verses.
The Hebrews also imported frankincense, cinnamon, and balsam, and they grew their own fragrant myrtle.
The Japanese burned incense in their temples. In ancient China, the incense burner was central to the "five precious things" arranged on the altar.
The Islamic world has always appreciated the beauty of scent. A host of pharmacists, chemists, distillers, and medical writers flourished in the classical period of Islamic science. Two of the most famous were Jabir bin Hayyan who left an encyclopedia and Ar-Razi who recorded experiments in distillation. Of all the perfumery scents, the most prevalent was rose.”
The above information has been extracted from the book “Scents of Time” by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I have since childhood loved the scents of a temple - the fragrant roses and magnolias, agarbattis wafting aromas of sandalwood, water scented with tulsi leaves, and my personal favorite, prasad made from coconut, jaggery and sugar! The auspiciousness of the surroundings is uplifted by fragrant flowers, sweets, and incense.
All of the millennia old scents do enhance our spirituality. In today's world, we really want something that all religions can unite upon - scents, serenity and respect for the spiritual experience! Let this perfume be a reminder of the 5,000 year old history of the human civilization!
Denatured Alcohol (SDA Formula 40B), Fragrance, Water, Triethyl Citrate
Ingredient highlight - Rose de Mai Absolute plus essential oils of Bitter orange, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Guiaiacwood, Myrrh, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spikenard and Ylang Ylang
- Our perfumes contain a much higher percentage of naturals than department store perfumes. We do use nature-identical synthetics when they are safer from an allergy perspective, are more eco-friendly and do not harm any animals. For example - The musk deer is now extinct. No deer were harmed for the Musk in our perfumes. Again, we use aroma molecules identical to the ones found naturally.
- Top: Spikenard, Herbal Tea, Basil, Blackcurrant
Middle: Rose, Clary Sage, Myrtle, Saffron
Base: Oud, Sandalwood, Cotton Candy, Coconut, Musk