Palo Santo SPECIMEN VRegular price $440.00
Rich, woody, and warm with notes of pine forest, caramel, and citrus
Focused, empowered, cleansed
This one of a kind piece measures 9'“L x 11”diameter
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, guided by the natural grain of the wood to preserve the characteristics of its source tree.
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.*
A collaboration with nature
We believe in fostering curiosity and reverence for nature’s biodiversity, employing a scientific and holistic approach to our creations that inspires a reconnection with our most primordial sense and elicits a shift in consciousness.
Nature is our ultimate guide
With profound admiration for botanical species native to climate zones across the world, we strive to spread awareness about the need to conserve the beautiful lands that allow these plants to thrive while giving back to local and indigenous communities that have cultivated them for centuries.
To ensure efficacy and an experience of the highest quality Bio Alchemy Olfactive travels the world to source each botanical ingredient and offering, working closely with farmers, ethnobotanists, harvesters, distillers, and surrounding communities.
Traceability and sustainability are integral to our work. The botanical materials that make up our collection are sourced with an eye towards sustainable growth practices, mindful cultivation and extraction, and reverence for the cultural traditions that have dictated their use for centuries.
All products are formulated in Bio Alchemy Olfactive’s private lab with exclusively sourced ingredients. Each bottle is hand poured, labeled and packaged. Our packaging, from shipping boxes, water activated tape, and protective wrap to shipping labels are plastic free and made from 100% post consumer waste with recycled ink, making them fully recyclable and naturally biodegradable. No forests are damaged in production.
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.