This elegant yet complex blend will delight and inspire the imagination, providing a glimpse into the sophisticated interiors and aromascapes of a medieval home.
This is our own recipe created with an eye to the known apothecary blends available during the medieval period. It can be used as a powder to subtley fragance textiles such as veils, or burned as incense for a stronger more intense smell.
Ingredients: Lemon, bergamont, Frankincense, Cedar wood, Myrrh, Rose, Honey Amber, Sandlewood, Orris Root, Agar Wood, Apoponax, Sandarac, Benzoin, Cloves, Mako, Rosewater.
Product volume: 5 g
Charocal burners. Sprinkle a pinch of the incense over the burning charcoal to release the fragrance.
Veil powders; sprinkle sparingly on linen before wearing. Absorbs hair oils protecting fine fabrics and release a delicate fragrance while being wor
Warnings: Burning incense should never be left unattended, and always used in an appropriate vessel.
Storage: We suggest keeping the incense in an airtight container in a cool, dark place away from the intense Australian sun.
From the The Still Room of de Lucignano and de Lyon:
The products created by The Still room are based on period receipts using ingredients sourced as close to those used in period while eschewing those ingredients (and therefore those recipes) which contain dangerous (such as lead) or illegal ingredients (such as civet musk or spermicetti).
All of the ingredients used in this product are either organically grown by us or sourced locally from organically certified growers. As with any product made on organically grown heritage plant matter, there may be slight variations in colour and consistancy between batches however, we do our best to ensure that there is no change in the efficacy of the product.
The secular and ecclesiastical use of incense began long before the medieval period and continues to this day. Dry loose incense powders are burned on charcoal tablets (seated in sand) in a small fireproof container such as a brazier. Powders are sprinkled onto the charcoal and the intense heat from the burning charcoal releases the fragrance.
Incense was an important part of the medieval household in part due to the belief that beautiful smells created good health and indicated a healthy environment. The incense could be a single substance such as sandalwood or frankincense, but most often it was a blend of a number of botanical and resinous substances. This practice both bulked out precious incense powders such as frankencense and myrrh, and also enabled unique combinations of scents tailored to a customers requirements. Many scents were associated with healing properties, others as fumigants (both spiritual and for insects), and as a way of dissipating negative and enhancing positive emotions, releasing stress and alleviating pain.
A suprising number of extant texts have survived, describing not only the ingredients used, but also recipes, notes on best use, and where to source rare ingredients. Apothecary invoices, shipping manifests, published folios and home recipe books all enable us to recreate the some of the scents that were favoured during the medieval period.