In the deserts of Africa, you’ll find the knotty, thorny Omumbiri myrrha tree. Cut it and it bleeds a vibrant, amber resin that, over several months, hardens into a dark-bronze-coloured substance that is harvested by hand. This is how the story of myrrh begins.
Magical and mystical, powerful and revered, myrrh has long been an aristocrat of the natural world. Artistic reliefs on the temple of Egypt’s King Sahure, which dates back to the 25th century BC, show him tending a myrrh tree in his palace gardens.
Magical and mystical, powerful and revered,
myrrh has long been an aristocrat
of the natural world.
Derived from the Arabic word murr meaning bitter, this extremely fragrant resin, highly prized for its sweet, earthy – and bitter – notes was hot property among Middle Eastern traders around 5,000 years ago. The Babylonians and Assyrians burned it as incense during religious ceremonies. The Egyptians used it extensively for its supposed medicinal properties. Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines will concur – as will Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician, who often wrote about myrrh, one of his favourite ingredients, during the third and fourth centuries BC. Such was its holistic reputation that by the time myrrh found biblical fame as one of the gifts of the Magi (or three Wise Men), it was said to be more valuable than gold.
It’s hard not to be bewitched by something with such ancient credentials.
Given its noble lineage, we’ve worked long and hard to find it a suitable partner. Tonka bean brings a mellow sweetness to all the grand opulence in Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense. Whilst we’ve worked ever more tirelessly to perfect the scent for our new Body Crème and Candle editions. Who wouldn’t want to fill the air and veil the skin with the king of aromatics?