Henna Sandalwood Attar
Perhaps most famous for the paste-like hinna dye made from its crushed leaves, the Henna tree (Lawsonia Inermis) has been used since ancient times in Egypt, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent to create dye for the skin and hair as well as for fabrics such as silk, wool, and leather.
This beautiful Henna attar on the other hand is made from the flowers of the tree, traditionally distilled by Kannauj’s famed artisans onto a bed of pure sandalwood oil to produce this exceptionally beautiful attar.
Though a simple soliflore, the profile has a wonderful complexity and warmth about it, bursting with a lush yellow earthiness that to me feels soft and fuzzy, reminiscent of the henna powder almost or perhaps somewhat of mimosa and marigold. It’s also dry, earthy, herbaceous and floral with a soft sweetness to it and a touch of turmeric-like spice in there, altogether creating a really beautiful and balanced profile.
Overall, this is one of my all-time favourites from Kannauj and one that I’d very highly recommend.
Collection: Kannauj Series
In the Kannauj Series, I explore and share with you the wonderful natural oils and attars of India’s historic perfume capital, Kannauj. The oils in this collection are pure botanical extracts and attars distilled in sandalwood oil by some of Kannauj’s most renowned and trusted artisans, who share our passion for distilling the highest quality aromatics and attars.
These attars are distilled using the ancient ‘deg and bhapka’ apparatus; a traditional distilling method largely unchanged for 400 years. I hope you enjoy these breathtaking scents of nature from a bygone era, an era fast being forgotten in today’s race towards modernity and industrialisation at all costs.
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