Labdanum. Cistus Creticus, Balm of Gilead-Fresh & Fragrant Wild-Harvested resin- For Perfume and Incense. In airtight Tins

Labdanum. Cistus Creticus, Balm of Gilead-Fresh & Fragrant Wild-Harvested resin- For Perfume and Incense. In airtight Tins

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LABDANUM CRETE-Cistus Creticus

Labdanum. Fresh, hand-harvested and Wild Crafted Labdanum oleoresin. Cistus Creticus, From the village of Sises in Crete.

Packaged in a reusable metal tin that will keep your resin treasure fresh and aromatic for an extended period of time.

An ancient and well-known perfume and incense ingredient, Labdanum is traditionally used as a base for Amber type fragrances.

Labdanum is often a core ingredient in Chypre, and Oriental style perfumes.

Some consider it to be the "Balm of Gilead" referred to in the Old Testament since Labdanum also grows in the ancient territory of "Gilead" in Israel.

Labdanum is also thought to be one of the ingredients in the sacred Jewish temple incense, "Ktoreth".

As described in my blog post, http://apothecarysgarden.com/2013/07/02/labdanum-beard-grooming-babylonian-style/, Labdanum has been in use for thousands of years for fragrance, medicine, incense and grooming. No one can resist a beard that has been touched by Labdanum.

2 types of Labdanum are currently available on the global market, the western Mediterranean Cistus Ladanifer, and the Eastern Mediterranean, Cistus Creticus.

The "Spanish, or Western Mediterranean type is most often grown as an annual plant and cut to the ground late summer, early fall. The whole branches are boiled and the raw resin floats to the top of the barrel where it is collected and shipped elsewhere for processing.
Much of the Labdanum on the market is from this source, most often bought by consumers as a resinoid after solvent extraction even though it is usually sold as the essential oil of Labdanum.

Cistus resin of Crete has a different scent profile than the Spanish variety. This is due to both the species variation and the different methods of collection. When I inhale the aroma of this Labdanum resin I also smell the hills of Crete. Summer breezes off the Mediterranean and the special aroma of the land. I feel a much more personal and intimate experience with the land and the spirit of the plant.

This fresh Labdanum oleoresin from Crete is collected in an entirely different manner, in the wild and without harming the shrubs.
Using a traditional tool called a "Ladanisterion", (See photo above from a 1700 woodcut), made of numerous thongs strung from a bar at the end of a pole, local villagers gather on the hottest days in August and head out to the hills to collect the resin as it beads on the leaves from the intense summer heat. As the thongs of the tool are passed over the sticky bushes, the resin collects on them and is periodically stripped off by running pinched fingers, or an improvised tool down their length.

The resin from each thong is then rolled into a ball and added to the collection before careful storage and preparation for sale or distillation.

This harvest is an ancient practice that has withstood the temptation of industrialization and mass production. It has little impact on the environment and provides a traditional income for the local village.
This product supports cottage industry, the local economy and is 100% sustainable. These harvesters are the stewards of the plants and the hills.

Caring for the income and needs of traditional harvesters/gatherers is the most direct way for us to protect our wild medicinal and aromatics around the world.
Those who collect Frankincense, Labdanum, Myrrh and many other traditional wild harvests, are ideally suited and positioned to care for our fragrant and medicinal natural resources. We have badly managed them till now and they are quickly declining all over the world, even as our consumption increases. By purchasing from traditional harvesters we can contribute to a responsible and sustainable model of economics and ensure that these natural treasures are thriving still in decades to come.

To make a seductive beard or body oil take 1 part Labdanum resin and 5 to 10 parts carrier oil of your choice. Place them in a glass vessel or mason jar in a cold water-bath/double boiler. Bring the temperature of the water up to a boil. When the Labdanum softens, blend it with the oil. When it is completely dissolved remove the jar from the water bath and let sit till the sediment has all fallen to the bottom. You can either use it as is, pour off the clear oil, or pour the liquid through a filter such as a metal-mesh coffee filter or the corner of a pillowcase. Your fragrant oil can be used as-is or as a base for a perfume creation.

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"Divine! Dealing with Dan is always a genuine treat. He makes his customers feel cared for.

Shipping was fast, communication was great and this may be the most wonderful labdanum I have ever used. A tiny dab goes a long way and scents the skin for more than 24 hours. Absolutely incredible stuff; great by itself or as a base for layering other scents and oils to ground or deepen them. Do not hesitate-BUY SOME!"

"As always, a very high-quality product."

"First time buying this product but not the first time buying from this great seller. Did not disappoint. Excellent quality!"

"Sensational! Thank you so much!"

"This product is wonderful. So fragrant."

"Labdanum is my all time fav and this is the real deal. My order arrived fast and safe. Packaging is great and customer service is top notch. I would not hesitate to order from this shop again. Dan and his son Nathan go out of their way to make customers happy."

"Great stuff. Richer than the oil, as it should be. It's nice to able to smell and experiment with the whole oleorsin."

"Amazing scent, very fresh. Very carefully packed. Received very quickly. Happy repeat customer. Thank you!"

"amazing stuff! one of the best stores on etsy!"

"Super happy with this, thank you!"

"I can't stop smelling it! Playing around with it to use as a base for some natural perfumes."

"I had only smelled labdanum in more processed forms, and this is fantastic. Very nice resin for incense making. Shipped very quickly."

"C'est un échantillon de grande qualité."

"Gorgeous! Thank you for the beautiful material <3"

"Divine! Dealing with Dan is always a genuine treat. He makes his customers feel cared for.
Shipping was fast, communication was great and this may be the most wonderful labdanum I have ever used. A tiny dab goes a long way and scents the skin for more than 24 hours. Absolutely incredible stuff; great by itself or as a base for layering other scents and oils to ground or deepen them. Do not hesitate-BUY SOME!"

If your resin is sticky, it may be difficult to remove it intact from the plastic wrapper. My trick and workaround is to place the bag in the fridge or freezer for 15-30 minutes before attempting to separate it from its package. After chilling, it will detach with ease and without leaving any material stuck to the wrapper.

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Adrian Stanley Feb 9, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love my tin of Cistus /labdanum resin. It arrived very quickly, which is amazing since it came from Canada and I live in the on the Louisiana/Texas border. The aroma is so delightful. Very mellow at first then it blossoms with a little warmth. A great addition to my perfume and incense blends. Plus the huge bonus of knowing where it comes from and how it is gathered. Thank you ever so much! I will be ordering again and often.

Michael Kennedy Aug 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Young and fresh, it had a few too many drinks when relaxing after the harvest. The party got a little wild, but a good time was had by all. :)

Silvia May 19, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I love this resin. It’s like nothing you’ve ever smelt before! A very mysterious and rich fragrance. It has the scent of chocolate and caramel ; indescribable! I’ve made an infused oil and also a tincture for perfumes. I can’t live without it!

Joseph Howell Aug 29, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

This one is indeed sweeter than the other labdanum at this shop, making it a good choice for heating by itself on the electric incense burner. It doesn’t need benzoin or anything for a nice sweetness! But all things labdanum are awesome! And benzoin too! I’m obsessed with both now haha!