Incense Gift package created for David Crow and Florecopeia 2015
From Mermade Magickal Arts – www.mermadearts.com
Ingredients and background of the incense blends included:
Golden Bough 2015
Like Sun on the boughs of resin bearing trees
For true incense lovers....made with our newest Sandalwood from Japan.
An intoxicating blend of pure resins and precious woods.
I have ground together the finest Hougary Frankincense of Oman, rich amber /vanilla Tolu Balsam , healing Chios Mastic from Greece with Premium grade Sandalwood, , Peruvian Palo Santo wood, Benzoin Sumatra and small bits of Labdanum from Crete .
I also added to this special batch a blend of ground Agarwood.
The scent is mystical, warm, mellow, and amber like - a little goes a long way - The fragrance will enchant a room all day...
Golden Bough is best when used with an Electric Incense Heater.
Ketoret – Biblical Formula Temple Incense
“May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”
Ketoret (or Qetoret) , like Kyphi , is a renown holy temple incense used for prayer and offering in the temples of the ancient world. After years of researching and receiving many requests, I decided to try to recreate this sacred blend. This incense is very close to what I believe could be its original aroma and character, it is made with reverence and respect - to be used for spiritual work.
Offered here is an incense created in a sacred way to accompany and carry prayers to God.
The word Ketoret means something that “rises up in circles and whose aroma wafts and spreads”. In Aramaic Ketoret (from the root word Kesher) it means to “connection”, or to connect with the divine.
Scholars debate its exact ingredients , and there are also formulas with 11 ingredients ( which I hope to try to make in the future) but after studying many texts this is the formula I have chosen to use.
The four components of Ketoret mentioned in the Bible are:
• Stacte (נָטָף nataf) - (I have used one part Myrrh and Myrrh essential oil)
Stacte means tear or “a dripping substance” like sap from a tree. Most agree that this terms most likely was referring to Myrrh in its purest form or possibly a balsam like storax.
• Onycha (שְׁחֵלֶת shekheleth) - (I have used one part pure Labdanum resin)
There has always been dispute over what Onycha was. Many think it was the operculum of a mollusk shell that was prepared and ground to powder. It is true that this is revered ingredients in many traditional incense formulas that acts as a fixative and blending agent. In my opinion it seems unlikely for a shellfish to be used in a Hebrew temple and Labdanum is much more likely. This sweet spicy ingredient has been used in perfumes and incense for thousands of years and grows profusely in the Middle East, specifically in Israel and Palestine. The rock rose is a bush, not a tree (the Talmud states that onycha comes from a ground plant and not a tree)
• Galbanum (חֶלְבְּנָה khelbanah) - ( I have used one part pure resin from Iran)
Galbanum (ours is from Iran) was known as the “Mother Resin” . The resin was highly treasured as a sacred substance by the ancient Egyptians as well as the Hebrews. The “green” incense of Egyptian antiquity is believed to have been Galbanum. Galbanum resin has a very intense green scent complex spicy, woody, balsam-like fragrance.
• Pure Frankincense (לְבוֹנָה זָךְ levonah zach) (I have used 3 parts Green and White Hougary, Bosellia Sacra)
Pure frankincense is the resin of a tree of the boswellia sacra species.
This incense was compounded of the best quality resins hand ground and powdered then heated gently to meld them together. The proportions are not exactly as mentioned in the Bible, but very close. Due to its holy nature I decided to vary it just a bit out of respect and also to soften the scent. It is then hand rolled and cut, using pure salt to aid in handling.
Everyone who has experienced it have been moved by its unique beauty. It can be burned on charcoal the traditional way, or on an electric heater.
Notes and quotes on Ketoret -
“Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.” (Revelations 8:3-4)
“ Take unto yourself sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight: And you shall make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together [salted], pure and holy: And you shall beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with you: it shall be unto you most holy. And as for the perfume which you shall make, you shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto you holy for the LORD. Whosoever shall make like unto it, to enjoy the smell thereof, shall even be cut off from his people.”
-Exodus 30:34-38; 37:29.
(in the Tabernacle) The golden altar of incense sat in front of the curtain that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. It was a square with each side measuring 1.5 feet and was 3 feet high. It was made of acacia wood and overlaid with pure gold. Four horns protruded from the four corners of the altar.
God commanded the priests to burn incense on the golden altar every morning and evening, the same time that the daily burnt offerings were made. The incense was to be left burning continually throughout the day and night as a pleasing aroma to the Lord. It was made of an equal part of four precious ingredients (stacte, onycha, galbanum and frankincense) and was considered holy. God commanded the Israelites not to use the exact formula outside the tabernacle to make perfume for their own consumption; otherwise, they were to be cut off from their people (Exodus 30:34-38).
The incense was a symbol of the prayers and intercession of the people going up to God as a sweet fragrance. God wanted His dwelling to be a place where people could come and pray .
Poured out on burning coals the incense produced a delightful aroma in the Holy Place. It was the offering of the person whose sins had been forgiven by blood and who then went on to express the fragrance of love and worship, which was most pleasing to God.
Lev 16:12 “Then Aaron shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from the altar before the LORD, with his hands full of sweet incense beaten fine, and bring it inside the veil.
King Solomon wrote, “Oil and Qetoret make the heart rejoice” (Proverbs 27:9).
Oud Kyphi - The incense creation closest to our heart....
An elegant piece of Scented Art.....only available from Mermade
For 2016 I have created a wonderful Oud Kyphi Blend , it is smooth and a bit less sweet - very sacred yet sensuous. As always it is a limited supply, we can only make one batch per year. This Kyphi has been adorned with fine Ensar Agarwood oil and Top Grade Cultivated Agarwood powder from Vietnam.
Kyphi is made of powdered resins, spices and botanicals, carefully melded together over time to create a classic incense solid, the small cakes are semi-soft , dark, sweet and resinous.
This Kyphi is the most recent re-creation of the powerful fumigation from the ancient temples of Horus and Isis. Based on the latest research from the Edfu temple and a recent study of ceramic dishes used in the preparation of kyphi, this incense contains components of great of magic that were dedicated to the gods of the Ennead. The technique stems originally from Nathaniel Mussellman’s original formula Divine Lover inspired by historic Egyptian texts and meticulous study of the incense arts .
The care and physical preparation of this blend also follows ancient tradition. It takes no less than a month to combine and blend all the components, and at least another six months of aging and curing before this sacred fumigation is ready for offering.
This year we actually found wildcrafted Greek Aleppo Pine resin as believed was used in the original ancient formulas. We can guarantee that this is truly a Kyphi worthy of the Gods and made to the highest and most traditional standards possible.
We recommend that this fine premium incense be used on an Electric Incense Heater or heated very gently on a good charcoal.
Some of the ingredients in 2016 Kyphi: Hougary Frankincense(Black and Green), Yemeni Myrrh, Labdanum Resin and Absolute, Persian Galbanum, Turkish Storax Bark, Chios Mastic, Burgundy Spruce resin, Aloeswood, Aleppo Pine resin, Fine Honey Mead and other many other traditional spices.
On Kyphi: Contrary to the Greek, Arabic, and later versions of this formula, it appears that the revised inscriptions at Edfu do not call for fruit paste in the making of this incense. This formula appears to be composed mostly of sacred resins, and this re-creation has been blended with the finest resins associated with Egyptian perfumery and worship.
Burned in the evening, kyphi was believed to restore the sexuality of the gods or departed dead. Recent Egyptologyclosely ties scent and sexuality together in the ancient culture. Funerary beliefs and mythical doctrines also place strong emphasis on the life-giving force of sexuality. This is quite appropriate as the kyphi formula comes to us from the temples of gods associated with the creation, life, and afterlife. Heka (assumed magic or life force in action) was believed the means of communing with and influencing the divine.
At nightfall, they burnt Kyphi, the famous compound incense, which was made of sixteen ingredients: Most of the ingredients that are taken into this compound, in as much as theyhave aromatic properties, give forth a sweet emanation and a beneficent exhalation, by which the air is changed, and the body moved gently and softly by the current, acquires a temperament conducive to sleep;and the distress and strain of our daily cares, as if they were knots, these exhalations relax and loosen without the aid of wine
Blend Profile - Sacred, Ancent Egytpian Temple, Resinous, sweet Earth, Suave dark amber, Leather , Balsamic
Ali’s Rare Incense Powder - 2015
A very special incense creation from Gregg King of Crowmagnon Incense in a fine powder form. This formula is based upon those revealed in manuscripts from the Mohammedan courts, circa 678 AD, and takes one year to create.
Katlyn on Ali :
Ali is the lost bakhoor you always dreamed of finding from some decadent past.
A scent for an outlaw love goddess...where to find the words to describe this extraordinary incense blend. My first thought, ache-ingly beautiful, Amorous and animalic....Ali, which means excellent and fine, is just that. But it is also a guilty pleasure when one reads and smells the rare and precious ingredients. Those sought after “un-obtainium” kind of things from some ancient formulary.
It contains the pheromone tincture of Sweet dark Ambergris, Siberian Musk the finest sandal from Japanese procurers, Burmese Agar, antique spices and perfect resins.
From Marion on Olfactory Rescue Service:
....Subtle animalic notes of musk and ambergris are the first to greet me. These are two of my favorite notes in incense. Their primal rawness and power is provocative and wild. I’ve always lived in a very urban area; when I smell these lusty notes I access something elemental that isn’t normally a part of my ever day experience- something that makes my heart beat just a little faster...
Ali’s Rare Incense Powder consists of the following:
Mysore Sandalwood oil vintage 2002
Mysore Sandalwood powder
Tahitian Vanilla tincture 20%
Ambergris and Ambergris tincture (sweet/dark for both)
Antique Clove Oil
Saigon Cinnamon Tincture
Cocoa Powder 20-22% butter content
Agarwood-Burma vintage 1998
Green Hougary Frankincense
We suggest heating on an electric heater otherwise scorching will occur.
If charcoal must be used, please use a mica plate or foil to lessen the heat.
- Gregg King, Crowmagnon Incense
Pure green goodness from the heart of the woods....
Not since the early days of Kyphi have I been this moved by an incense and its creation. The perfect all natural green amber that is Fir Balsam in an incense. With the help from our friend Bonnie in Canada , who sent me so many wonderful forest treasures, this new type of incense is born.
New botanicals, new methods and new inspiration...
With pure, just as it comes from the trees , light clear drops of Fir Balsam resin. This is in a liquid form and Bonnie gathered every drop herself. Achingly beautiful and pure. Perhaps my personal favorite aromatic.
The Fir Balsam Resin is ground together with fresh cut Thuja shavings (sweet Cedar), Larch wood, and Fir Balsam bough tips (the most aromatic parts:)
Then my new method come into play as these ingredients are melded together in warm Pinon Pine resin and a natural binder is added to allow the cutting and shaping. The pellets of forest aromatics come out soft but not sticky, perfect for the heater. You may want to pull each piece into smaller bits before heating.
The queen of this blend is the Fir Balsam ...a scent I have wanted to capture in an incense for so many years.
|This article was published on Tuesday 01 December, 2015.|