This is a sample collection of unusual Tropical Forest Canarnium, known more commonly as Elemi.
We include .5 oz of each of three different types. If you are into new and uniquel incense experiments the sampler is a great way to get to know Elemi.
The scent of most Elemi is very fresh, terpeney, peppery-lemony, with a woody-balsamic background note.
"The name Elemi is derived from an Arabic phrase meaning 'above and below', an abbreviation of 'As above, so below' and this tells us something about its action on the emotional and spiritual planes."
1 - African Elemi Resin ( Canarium schweinfurthii)
Also know as Kamonya , African Elemi, Congo Elemi, White Mahogany Resin
As sweet pleasant resin on Charcoal or heater, dark in color and slightly sticky.
The aroma produced has the complex characteristic scent of common Elemi, however there are strong sweet hints of lemon zest. This is a good choice for first time resin incense users as it is simple to use in functionality and aroma. Kamonya is definitely a favorite Elemi incense resin.
The resin readily liquefies and produces an excellent clear aroma with very little smoke when heated on a hot plate or electric incense burner. The lemon notes are more pronounced using this method. Even though the charcoal method works perfectly, the electric incense burner may be even more enjoyable for those interested in the aroma-therapeutic and fragrance qualities.
2 - Madagascar Elemi resin. A rare resin, 'fair trade' and sustainable. (Canarium Madagascariensis)
Named Arami locally, Madagascar Elemi is harvested in the wild and used as incense in the Malagasy culture to freshen the house and create an uplifting atmosphere. It is often incorporated in cosmetic and skin care products.
Due to the semi-liquid consistency of the fresh resin it is traditionally rolled into balls and wrapped with the leaf of a tree until it can keep its shape on its own. These balls range in weight from 30 grams to 90 grams on average.
Madagascar Elemi is more complex in its fragrance profile than Philippine Elemi and is reminiscent of Somali Frankincense Frereana in some ways.
It initially greets one's nose with sweet Lime and Lemon, then gives way to rich honey notes, a hint of Amber and a muskiness reminiscent of animal fur. It makes a sweet and uplifting incense.
Madagascar Elemi is a pure oleoresin containing no water-soluble gum which causes some fragrant resins to emit a charred smell on the charcoal. Because it is a pure oleoresin, it will dissolve easily in oils, waxes and fats for producing candles and cosmetic products. Elemi is traditionally used in cosmetic and beauty products and considered to have anti-aging and skin rejuvenating properties.
We scoured the markets of Sambava and Anthala for 2 days to collect Arami balls and placed an order with collectors for more.
This is an exquisite aromatic resin and the quantity is limited.
3 - Philipines Elemi - (Canarium luzconium)
A very soft white fragrant resin, probably the most popular in incense and perfumery. We sell this oleoresin in a small tin. To use, simply scoop out half a teaspoon with a small metal spoon (like the one that comes with the Golden Lotus heater) and place the resin filled spoon on the heat source (heater or charcoal ) and it will melt and release its beautiful scent.
This Elemi will blend beautifully with wood powders and incense blends due to its soft texture.
Thanks to Ethereal Aromas