Labdanum Spirals - Cistus Ladanifer - SALE
On SALE, we just got an amazing shipment in ! This is really beautiful, clean, soft resin.
The real deal.... sweet, sexy, leathery, balsamic, woody, and dark - one of my very favorite incense basics. This new shipment from Spain is deeply fragrant, malleable, and melts quickly on the heater. It is sweeter than the Cretan resin. Labdanum makes almost every blend better and adds a special amber sweetness
These spirals of pure Labdanum resin from Spain (Cistus Ladanifer), are rolled by hand here at Mermade and shaped into a spiral. They are about the size of a silver dollar and dusted with Agarwood powder. These spirals make it easy to use, just pinch a bit off the end and place it on the heater.
If you have trouble with the resin sticking to the packaging, just place it into the freezer for a while and it will come right off.
This price is for 2 spirals, about half an ounce. (15 grams)
More on Labdanum:
In ancient times, the resin was scraped from the fur of goats and sheep that had grazed on the cistus shrubs. It was collected by the shepherds and sold to coastal traders. The false beards worn by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt were actually the labdanum-soaked hair of these goats. Later long poles with leather or cloth strips were used to sweep the shrubs and collect the resin which was later extracted. It was used to treat colds, coughs, menstrual problems, and rheumatism.
"Labdanum is produced today mainly for the perfume industry. The raw resin is usually extracted by boiling the leaves and twigs. The raw gum is a dark brown, fragrant mass containing up to 20% or more of water. It is plastic but not pourable and becomes brittle with age. The odor is very rich, complex, and tenacious. Labdanum is much valued in perfumery because of its resemblance to ambergris. The odor is variously described as sweet, woody, ambergris, dry musk, or like that of leather."
We like to heat it on the Electric heater at a medium/low setting but the traditional way is on good charcoal.