Palo Santo wood comes from Ecuador. Its slow burning is almost hypnotic, its white smoke filled with woody aromas, and lemon, spices, mint, even aniseed-like notes. Known as a “soul cleanser” in indigenous shamanic culture, the sacred wood purifies the air while it burns, deodorizes, wards off negative energy, and brings balance to the spirit.
Slow-burning Palo Santo emits a woody, lemon-scented smoke, with sweet hints of pine, aniseed and mint. Its curling smoke transports you to a seat by an aromatic campfire, outside the turmoils of present times, your soul soothed, the air pure and inspiring.
Palo Santo wood – meaning “Holy Stick” – comes from the Bursera graveolens, a tree native to tropical forests in South America, and was already used by the Incas to purify the atmosphere of negative energies (mala energía) and bring back luck.
In Peru, shamans use its smoke to create an “energy shield” and keep evil spirits at bay.
On the Pacific coast of the Ecuador, in the dry forests of the Manabi region, the Officine carefully and respectfully harvests Palo Santo wood on the naturally dead branches of Bursera graveolens. The producer has also initiated a pilot protection and reforestation program including nurseries: more than 10,000 trees have already been planted in the past few years.
“This is the smell I love. This and fresh-cut clover, the crushed sage as you ride after cattle, wood smoke and the burning leaves of autumn.”
Ernest Hemingway, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (1940)
Advice for Use & Care
Hold one end of the Palo Santo stick to a flame, turning it to make sure it catches evenly.
Wait a few seconds and blow the flame out.
A delicate white plume curls upwards above the red ember at the end of the stick, the air fills with its unique and soothing scent.
Palo Santo wood is dense, and the flame can burn off easily. Don’t hesitate to repeat the ritual several times.
We recommend putting the consuming Palo Santo on a fire-safe recipient to collect the ash (ashtray, earthenware…).
Let it burn off on its own or put out on the side of the recipient. Make sure the stick is properly extinguished before storing it.
NB: in order to scare away the evil spirits, walk around your cabin armed with a lit Palo Santo stick and then open the window so that the spirits can go elsewhere.
Shipping & Returns
No matter how far your parcel travels, the items it contains are protected with great care. Our shipping officers ensure that flasks, tubes, porcelain and marble arrive in a faultless state, as polished and refined as when placed on the shelves of the Officine.
The Officine Universelle Buly envisages in-store collection and delivery by courier for the city of Paris as well as delivery in France and internationally with the carrier DHL.
Delivery by courier in Paris: 2 working days
Delivery by DHL in France or Europe: 3 to 7 working days
Delivery by DHL Worldwide: 5 to 10 working days
Shipping costs include preparation, packaging and postage costs. All preparation costs are fixed, whilst transportation costs vary according to weight and destination of delivery. We recomment all clients to group all articles in one order as combining orders placed separately comes with separate charges.
Our team will edeavour to meet and exceed expectations and deadlines. However, Buly can not be held responsible for delays incumbent on: suspension of service of our carriers as well as customs procedures for shipments abroad.
Nota Bene: please note that our shipping costs do not include the customs fees sometimes required by some countries, which unfortunately we have no control over.
For health reasons, Officine Universelle Buly does not accept returns.
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