Camphor Tree

Camphor Tree. Cousin of cinnamon and laurel, you are a sacred tree in the Far East. Your hardwood makes the most precious trunks,  protecting their content against all sort of pests. Your white crystallized blood, called camphor, was once upon a time a very precious substance. Without you, battlefields would have been covered with smoke, billiard…

The Woods

This is the third episode in our exploration of the Fragrance Wheel by Michael Edwards, after the Florals and the Orientals. Edwards sub-divided his wheel into 3 Wood families: the Dry Woods also known as the Leathers, the Mossy Woods commonly called Chypres, and simply the Woods. All fragrances of these families share a strong woody base…

Sacred Hinoki

Sacred Hinoki. In the deep forests of Honshu, you are the majestic ambassador of the sacred spirit of Japan. In Kyoto, at the imperial Court, thousand of years ago, you were already embalming the palaces, built of your dense timber. The most respected shrine of the nation in Ise, near Nara, is made of hinoki, called…