’Iliahi Incense, named after the Hawaiian word for Sandalwood, are natural incense for immersing your home in the aroma of the forest. Each cone was hand rolled by yours truly, and consists of only three ingredients: Hawaiian Sandalwood dust, Japanese Makko powder (a pounded bark), and Hawaiian Vetiver hydrosol. 

To use, simply place the cone on an incense burner or heat proof dish and light the tip. The cones are quite potent ~ let them burn all the way through, or save for a few uses by smothering them out until they produce no more smoke and reigniting when you’re ready to use them again. Please never leave burning incense unattended and be sure to put them out fully. Let every inhale of Sandalwood-infused air take you away to your favorite place in the woods.

Hawaiian Sandalwood is a supremely precious and deeply aromatic tree. The species that grows here - Santalum paniculatum - is endemic to Hawaii's ecosystem, meaning it evolved over the ages distinctly from other Sandalwood species and is therefore truly unique. After nearly going extinct when the islands first became exposed to worldwide trade, 'Iliahi is now cared for by a few conscious growers who ensure its sustainable reforestation. ⁠

Crafted in Mānoa | O'ahu | Hawai'i with love + plants:

Hawaiian Sandalwood / 'Iliahi Dust {Santalum paniculatum}, Makko Powder {Machilus thunbergii} & Hawaiian Vetiver Hydrosol {Chrysopogon zizaniodes}

Each tin contains 6 hand-rolled cones packed in loose Sandalwood chips that you can enjoy as potpourri. They are delivered in a 2 oz screw top tin for safe keeping. Available on a seasonal basis ~ enter your email below to be notified when we create a fresh batch.

A word about Hawaiian Sandalwood:

Hawaiian Sandalwood is truly one of the most precious botanical beings available to us: the scent alone has captivated humans throughout our known history. The islands of the Hawaiian archipelago are said to have birthed six Sandalwood species which are endemic, meaning that ancestral genetic material made its way here across oceans and evolved distinctly from its other relatives over millions of years in this one of a kind habitat. The most common species of Hawaii is Santalum paniculatum, called ‘Iliahi in Hawaiian, and like the rest of the genus it is a hemiparastic (partially parasitic) tree that gets some but not all of its nutrients by tapping into the roots of surrounding plants. Also known as Royal Sandalwood for its favor amongst Hawaiian royalty, its precious wood almost entirely vanished from the islands after ravenous economic demand that spanned across the globe; King Kamehameha placed a kapu (ban) to protect young trees and trade ceased shortly thereafter by 1830. Today, Hawaiian Sandalwood is mostly in the hands of a precious few caretakers who have cultivated and repopulated a spared forest on the active Mauna Loa volcano slopes of the Big Island. Unlike many plants, the oil is concentrated most in the heartwood, and its fragrance accumulates with age (reaching maturity at 60 to 80 years). By its unique way of obtaining nourishment, Sandalwood teaches us to find the essence of our own nourishment deeply rooted within: as we are freed from a cycle of dependence, we are able to devote more mental energy to creative thinking. The richly aromatic wood also aids in grounding us and has a special affinity for the third eye, facilitating meditation and our spiritual connection with the universe.

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