Monday, October 10, 2016

Aromatics & Books

I finished up a couple of new products in the past few days; a sweet amber creme, and a sweet amber beard and body oil. Next up, sweet amber solid parfum. The newest incense is drying nicely, though, by some estimations (mine), a little too slowly. Though with incense, especially compounded resin and Kyphi, the longer the 'fermentation', the better the result. I've given the new incense a name -- May Zahr -- and a rough estimate as to when it will be ready for the shop -- end of October. Ish.

So remember when I posted that I had begun a new incense book and I had initially wanted to create a booklet of recipes for the holidays? Remember I mentioned it had grown into something else? A monster book is on the way. And it may very well take two years to finish because a lot of hands-on research needs to go into it.

Here is a rough outline of the book as it sits today:



SECTION 1 ~ BASIC INFORMATION AND HISTORY
            Chapter 1 ~ The King of Incense ~ Kyphi
                        Types (Edfu, etc)
                        Syriac-Kupar
                        Modern Kyphi
            Chapter 2 ~ Historical Incenses
Japanese Incense
                        Chinese Incense
                        Tibetan Incense
                        Middle-Eastern Incense
                        Church Incense
                                    Greek Orthodox
                                    Catholic
                        African
                        East Indian
                        European
                                    North European
                                    Mediterranean
                                    Balkans
                                    The ‘Stans’
                                    (etc.)
                                    Russian
                        North American
                        South American
                        Australian
                        Islander
                        Indonesian

Chapter 3 ~ Resins & Gums
Frankincense (Ethereal)
            Dakkara (Boswellia neglecta) Ethiopia
            Hammaderoh (Boswellia elongate) Soquotra
            Hojari (Boswellia sacra) Oman
            Cricognimu (Boswellia dalzielii) Burkina Faso
            Maydi (Boswellia frereana)
            Salaai Gugul (Boswellia serrata) India
            Beyo (Boswellia carteri) Somalia
            Makker (Boswellia papyrifera) Ethiopia
            Zama’ano (Boswellia socotrana) Soqotra
            Matabut (Boswellia rivae) Ethiopia
            MORE . . .
                         
                        Myrrh  (Ethereal)
Habek Hadi (Commiphora guidotti) Ethiopia
Opoponax (Commiphora holziana) Kenya
Omumbungu (Commiphora kraeuseliana) Namibia
Echte Myrrh (Commiphora kua) Yemen
Molmol Myrrh (Commiphora molmol) Somalia
Guggul (Commiphora mukul) India
Yemeni Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) Yemen
Omumgorwa (Commiphora tenuipetiolata) Namibia
Omumbiri (Commiphora wildii) Namibia
MORE . . .  

                        Gum Arabic
                        Gum Tragacanth
                        Damar
                        Benzoin
                        Amber
                        Ammoniacum
                        Acacia
                        Pine/spruce, etc.
                        Copal
                        Copaiba
                        Elemi
                        Asafetida
                        Galbanum
                        Balm of Gilead
                        Labdanum
                        Breu Claro/Breuzinho ~ brittle resin, Protium heptaphyllum, Brazil, used ceremonially and medicinally
                        Palm Resins ~
                                    Sandarac
                                    Mastic
                                    Dragon’s Blood
                        Balsams
                                    Balsam of Peru
                                    Balsam of Tolu
                                    Styrax
                                    Benzoin
                                   
            Chapter 4 ~ Herbs
            Chapter 5 ~ Leaves (gum leaves, monkey ball leaves aka liquidamber (American styrax), etc.)
            Chapter 6 ~ Spices
            Chapter 7 ~ Woods
            Chapter 8 ~ Animal derived (beeswax, honey, propolis, civet, ambergris, castoreum)
            Chapter 9 ~ Binders
                        Water
                        Wine
                        Sugars
                        Waxes


SECTION 2 ~ CREATING INCENSE
            Chapter 10 ~ Balancing Formulations
                        How much of what and techniques
                        Sticks – textural references
                        Cones – “ 
                        “Chips” – “ 
                        Loose powder – “ 
 


 It's a bit much, yeah? And that's just the beginning, I have reams of notes and research documentation, some sections already have information written in them, plus there's a Section #3, beginning with Chapter 11 which is entitled "Rites of Kyphi", and a Chapter 12, 13, and 14 all full with formulations for Kyphi, Syriac-Kupar, and other 'compounded' types of incense. I'm already feeling the typical emotions I get when beginning a new writing project -- exhileration and exhaustion. With a bit of bloodletting. And nausea. And repeatedly questioning my sanity.

2 comments:

  1. This book would be pretty amazing. Make sure to take LOTS of photos! Process, not product :-)

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    1. Thanks, Maggie. There are a few photos in the original document, and I do plan to add many more, all as the raw materials are being transformed into incense.

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