Opoponax

Regular price $40.00
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Botanical:
Commiphora erethraea
Harvest:
Wild harvested
Plant part:
Oleo gum resin
Source:
Somalia

Olfactive Experience
Balsamic, warm, earthy, rich notes of honey, chocolate and myrrh

Feel
Sensuous, relaxed, grounded

Opoponax is known as  the “sweet myrrh” of Arabia, and shares the same genus as Myrrh (Commiphora). This resin variety, commonly referred to as “Hagar” in Somalia, has a deep, sensuous nature, both darker in color and aroma than its sister Myrrh. Its dark red and rust hues are endowed with an animalic and mysterious feel, exuding a sexy, complex aroma that is balsamic, warm, and sweet, with notes of honey and depths of chocolate. These pieces can also be placed atop hot charcoal and burned for ceremonial uses, meditation practice, or for perfuming and cleansing the energy of an environment. On the coal it reveals a perfumed smoke of dates, woodlands, burnt honey, and dried helichrysum. 

Opoponax has been a component of incense and perfumes since Biblical times and, like its close relatives myrrh and frankincense, is regenerating to skin cells when extracted or macerated in oil. To create an Opoponax maceration and experience the broad spectrum of phytochemicals present in the resin, break the resin into fine particles and cover with an unrefined oil such as olive oil in a glass jar. Store in darkness for at least one moon cycle, shaking mixture a few times each week. Strain away solids and apply the concentrated oil directly to the skin.

35g

Burn Opoponax.
Carefully ignite clean burning charcoal over a hot flame using a heat-resistant utensil until the corners and edges of the briquette glow red. Place the charcoal inside an incense burner and top it with a piece of Opoponax resin. More fragrant smoke will be produced by placing a larger piece of incense on the smoldering ember.

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Products packaged in glass vials are intended for reuse and are tied with hand spun natural Peruvian alpaca twine from the women of a small community with whom we work.

We prioritize eco-friendly and responsibly sourced packaging materials in effort to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible.

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