PALO SANTO SPECIMEN VIRegular price $398.00
Rich, woody, and warm with notes of pine forest, caramel, and citrus
Focused, empowered, cleansed
This one of a kind piece measures approximately 9” in diameter, 1” thick
This large, sculptural piece of Palo Santo is one of a kind, hand selected from a unique trunk with prominent aroma and dense wood with uncommon geometric patterns. This piece embodies the abundance of the tropical dry forest in Piura, paying tribute to the beauty of this unique landscape. It is carefully hand carved from the wholesome trunk, preserving the characteristics of its source tree, surrounded with the trees natural bark around the edges.
Palo Santo, or “holy wood,” is a naturally aromatic wood redolent of crisp sweet pine, soft caramel, and citrus. Bursera graveolens is a non-endangered species in the Burseraceae family, a close relative of frankincense, that is found growing in the region spanning from Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula to Peru.
Use of Palo Santo as a ceremonial incense predates the Inkan empire. Local communities use it today as firewood and for its aromatic smoke that repels insects. Its combustible bouquet is rich, woody, and warm, embodying the strength and enchantment of the forest where it grows in abundance.
Bio Alchemy Olfactive works closely with a small community based in the Tropical dry Forest of the Northern Peruvian Highlands, where aromatic trees sweeten the air of the entire forest during the dry season. Our partners prioritize sustainability, harvesting only naturally fallen trees. Each day men from the community survey the 5,000-acre Palo Santo forest for fallen trees, transporting harvestable wood down the steep slopes with the help of donkeys. Our exclusive Peruvian Palo Santo wands are highly aromatic and hand selected for their beautiful variations in color. Each piece is carefully hand carved to order by the women of the community in Piura.*