A Sacred Art

Perfumery's Ancient History

Fragrance is a sensory art form that is naked to the eye, both illusive and mysterious. Fleeting yet memorable. For millennia fragrance has been used in religious rituals, for spiritual cleansing, medicinal purposes, and of course for cosmetic indulgences. 

Drawing from this ancient craft we return to the origins of perfumery. Our artisanal fragrances are handcrafted with the highest-quality natural and responsibly sourced ingredients that nourish the body, inspire the mind, and feed the soul with nature's ancient elements.

The Latin meaning of the word perfuma means “by smoke” and was originally applied to the burning of incense, sacred herbs, resins, or wood and used in ceremony practiced by cultures the world over. Using aromatic smoke has been used as a way to clear and clean spaces and energies, make offerings, and carry intentions and prayers out to the divinity in all its forms. Smoke permeates the air both in visual and olfactive form. You can see its path and how it spreads, evaporating into the ether. This transportive aspect serving as a symbol for all life matter traveling from the physical to an otherworldly state.

From Native Americans using white sage to palo santo or “holy wood” in South America and sandalwood in Australia, ancient wisdom has always turned to the Earth for transcendent elements to heal and protect mind, body, and soul. 

DUTJAHN | Santalum Spictatum, Australian Sandalwood

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

OUR OLFACTIVE SIGNATURE

Sandalwood has been a highly coveted ingredient in perfumery for thousands of years. It has also been used for medicinal and spiritual purposes by the First People of Australia for over 60,000 years. Australia offers the most sustainable source for sandalwood in the world.

We proudly use sandalwood for all of our fragrances exclusively from a supplier in Western Australia who are the recent recipients of the United Nation’s highly coveted Equator Prize. Honored for their innovative, nature-based solutions that are tackling climate change and poverty challenges through a 50/50 business partnership with the local Indigenous community.

Dutjahn (Australian sandalwood) is more than a sacred plant to the Martu and Wongi Nations, it is part of our soul and a key link to our spiritual identity.

Clinton Farmer, Chairman of Dutjahn Custodians

The olfactive signatures across the brand’s offering is Australian sandalwood, which Smith sources from a farm in Australia that benefits the local Aboriginal community.

ANCIENT WISDOM

Aboriginal Australians are the world's oldest civilization with a rich culture dating back to antiquity. For centuries the Western Desert people recognised the transcendent properties of dutjahn (Santalum Spictatum) desert timber. Burning the aromatic wood in sacred rituals, the smoke is believed to calm and protect mind, body, and soul.