Raw Materials

In its normal state it is a boring tree of light, white wood with no fragrance. After attacks by insects or birds or branches broken by wind or rain, sometimes it starts to segregate a resin to cauterize the wounds. This resin spreads through the whole tree in an alquimic process that lasts decades until the wood becomes dark and so heavy that it doesn't float on water. That is why in Japan it is called "jinkoh": wood that sinks. The aloe's fragrance is deep, rich and earthy. A bit spicy and, at the same time, with a balsamic touch.

Doesn't have anything to do with the orange colored fossilized resin of the same name. The amber used in perfumery comes from a kind of whale, the sperm whale. Sperm whales have a highly developed breathing system that lets them dive into the sea depths to hunt giant squids that swallow whole. Those squids have a peak similar to the parrot's one and, so that it doesn't harm it's digestive system, sperm whales segregate a substance that covers it during digestion and that they later expel trough the mouth. This substance is the grey amber.

It is a seashell which comes from the Indian Ocean that grounded is added to incense to strengthen the fragrances. 

It's a resin obtained from a tree to which incisions are done so that the sap comes out and solidifies itself. There are plantations in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.  Benjui, called by Ibn Battuta 'java and Sumatra's incense', became a fashion during the cuattrocento in the Renaissance: In 1461 the Egyptian sultan, Melech Elmaydi, dispatched to the Venetian doge, Pascual Malispiero, a shipment of the precious benjui.

Resin found in crystal form on the bark of a tree that grows deep in the Sumatra and Borneo's jungles. It is only produced by old trees, that can have thousands of years. To extract it the tree branches  are scratched, which makes it go out mixed with bark bits. In Japan it is used to perfume ink as its calming effect favors the concentration and serenity needed for calligraphy. For the same reason, it is found in many traditional Japanese incenses.   

The carnation's floral aroma is warm, remotely similar to clove. Its silky aroma is calming. In the Middle Ages and Renascence paintings the carnation symbolized the divine love. 

Cedar is a big size tree that grows in the Mediterranean (Atlas Cedar and Lebanon Cedar) and on the Himalaya. Its wood's smell repels insects. Its clean, fresh and energetic aroma helps to work with concentration and determination. 

This spice is the bark from a tree that grows in Ceilan, China, Vietnam… As early as in the old Egypt it was used in the mummifying process. Was one of the hundred medicinal materials in the classic Chinese medicine  books. It was attributed aphrodisiac properties. It was one of the most precious goods transported from Asia trough the Silk Road.