Ever wondered what Frankincense and Myrrh really is?

11 November 2016

Introducing our new festive fragrance Frankincense & Myrrh. Aromatic, warm, woody and spicy this rich fragrance combines the oils of precious woods, spices, sensual musk and vanilla. Often used in incense this welcoming scent is reminiscent of church services at this wonderful time of year, and in biblical stories along with gold, they were precious gifts given to the baby Jesus.

Have you ever wondered what these gifts really looked like?  

Both precious perfume oils are derived from the tree sap or gum resin of trees native in Africa and the Arabian peninsula. The Harvester makes a cut in the tree bark and allows the sap to drip, collect and harden a process which takes up to 2 weeks.  The end result is small pieces that look similar to hard sweets or unpolished stones, these are then used to create precious oils.

Frankincense was used to fragrance homes in the Roman Empire and in Asia as a medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments.

Myrrh dates as far back as ancient Egypt, where it was used for embalming Pharaohs, to treat wounds and also to ease hay fever and a possible cure for baldness!

Precious oils and resins were a valuable commodity across Africa, Asia and Europe for many years dating back as far as 1550BC. Today they are more commonly used in fragrance and incense, but look carefully and sometimes they appear as ingredients in traditional medicines and even toothpaste.

You can read more here and here 

Fragrance your home with this wonderful aromatic and ancient scent, our new Shearer Couture Frankincense & Myrrh candles are in our store now 

Tealights £5

Large Tin Candle £7

Boxed Glass Candle £15