The botanical intention candle for this collection is light and fresh but also earthy. Containing a blend of rosewood*, frankincense, cypress, and myrrh this candle represents our divinity. It is my intention that people feel peaceful and calm when they burn this and gain a sense of something greater.
Sourcing high quality and sustainable raw materials is very important to me. I do my best to support small, family run businesses whenever possible.
I was thrilled when Rae Dunphy informed me they had a blend called Rosewood Remembered. It is a proprietary blend of aromatics that smell just like rosewood without having any actual rosewood in it. A perfect solution to my desire to have this aromatic in the candle.
Rosewood is a heart wood from Brazil, it has been overharvested and is no longer ethically available. I was able to secure some previously from Rae Dunphy had but they can no longer obtain it. I have always adored rosewood, it was commonly used in mid-century furniture design. It is so gorgeous with tones of red, deep brown, and beautiful grain.
When working with natural materials, things ebb and flow. There are fluctuations from season to season Botanicals, like crops, are impacted year to year depending on growth conditions and the weather. When something becomes coveted like Sandalwood from India or Rosewood from Brazil it is taken and taken until it is exploited and faces extinction. Recently, many people have noticed the high price of pure vanilla. Tropical storms wiped out most of the vanilla crops and has seen prices soar. It will be a number of years before vanilla will recover.
I can see why synthetics have an allure. They are created in a lab and can be reproduced over and over. I constantly wonder the impact of our desire to have ALL that we want no matter what the cost. For me, knowing that we currently have a vanilla or rosewood or sandalwood shortage makes me respect these plant medicines that much more. It connects me deeper to the wisdom of our mother earth. To her seasons of seeding, growth, harvest, and rest. It helps me live more harmoniously with the world around me.
I believe there are ways to use aromatics mindfully. I do believe we can cultivate reverence with the gifts they provide. An example of this was in choosing to use real rosewood in the perfume and then rosewood remembered in the candle. We can use and enjoy and remember the beauty each time.
I am constantly asking myself, do I know that where I am getting my supplies from is practicing mindfulness and sustainability in their business? For the most part, I believe this to be true. I believe this because I choose to source from small businesses that know their products intimately and where they come from.
*Rosewood is endangered due to over harvesting. I am fortunate to have an amazing supplier who has a proprietary blend of pure essential oils that smell just like rosewood without containing any rosewood. It’s this blend that is used in the candle and spray. The botanical perfume contains true rosewood that was obtained ethically prior to it becoming unavailable.