The Birch-Lore, Legends and Uses

The Birch-Lore, Legends and Uses(click here to read article)

Sandalwood(Santalum album) essential oil Indonesia-Very RARE and EXCELLENT

Sandalwood(Santalum album) essential oil Indonesia-Very RARE and EXCELLENT


Sandalwood oil from Indonesia is distilled from the same species(Santalum album) as grows in South India. Sandalwood trees have grown in Indonesia for many centuries and the quality of the oil when well distilled is of equal quality to the best South Indian sandalwood.

The current batch of Indonesian distilled Sandalwood is a pale yellow slightly viscous liquid with a true, deep, rich,  precious woods bouquet, with a soft, sweet, balsamic undertone of fine tenacity.
It is as fine as any sandalwood we have been able to procure in recent years including oil that we use to source directly from the Tamil Nadu Forest Service distillery in South India which we visited many years ago.

Its application in natural perfumery is diverse as sandalwood is first and foremost an excellent fixative that works with most perfume compositions. It is used in high class florals, Oriental bouquets, incense notes, sacred perfumes, fougere, chypres, amber bases, precious woods accords.
It is also outstanding as a single note perfume being a perfect embodiment of the  precious woods complex. 
We are only able to get this fine sandalwood very rarely. We have a limit of 4 ounces per order as indicated on the website.
http://www.whitelotusaromatics.com/product/sandalwood-essential-oil

Camphor by Wilfred H. Schoff

Camphor by Wilfred H. Schoff(click here to read article)
Excellent article on Camphor in the Ancient World

PERIPLUS OF THE ERYTHRAEAN SEA.

PERIPLUS OF THE ERYTHRAEAN SEA-(click here to read article)

The Periplus  of the Erythraean Sea is the title prefixed to a work which contains the best account of the commerce carried on from the Red Sea and the coast of Africa to the East Indies during the time that Egypt was a province of the Roman empire. The Erythraean Sea was an appellation given in those days to the whole expanse of ocean reaching from the coast of Africa to the utmost boundary of ancient knowledge on the East—an appellation in all appearance deduced from the entrance into it by the Straits of the Red Sea, styled Erythraby the Greeks, and not excluding tho Gulf of Persia.

Cinnamon, Cassia and Somaliland by Wilfred H. Schoff

Cinnamon, Cassia and Somaliland by Wilfred H. Schoff(click here to read article)

Aloes(Agarwood/Oud) by Wilfred H. Schoff

Aloes(Agarwood/Oud) by Wilfred H. Schoff(click here to read article)

A Posy from Spenser from a Garden of Simples by Martha Bockbe Flint

A Posy from Spenser from a Garden of Simples by Martha Bockbe Flint(click here to read chapter)

In the Mitcham Flower-Fields

In the Mitcham Flower-Fields(click here to read article)
a lovely article about the growing of herbs and flowers and their distillation in 1891