• POMANDER Scented Charm ⟡ amber, dried fruit, spices
  • POMANDER Scented Charm ⟡ amber, dried fruit, spices
  • POMANDER Scented Charm ⟡ amber, dried fruit, spices

POMANDER Scented Charm ⟡ amber, dried fruit, spices

Meant to adorn the body, to decorate the home, or for use as a portable, magical charm for mirth, enticement, and protection; hand-rolled spherical charms made of candied fruits, warming spices, and handpicked herbs, bound by ancient, fragrant fixatives like precious resins, red wine. and rose water. 

Now a common midwinter folkcraft, the modern-day clove and orange pomander is a humble, cheerful token with an extravagant ancestry. Since the spread of the bubonic plague in the 14th century, medieval and renaissance-era Europe became preoccupied with the idea that pestilence and spiritual disease were carried through the air on clouds of filth and malodour. Scent was believed to be a powerful remedy and repellent for these evils, and members of the upper echelon and clergy began to carry scented adornment in the form of pendants, sceptres, and nosegays. One such token was the pomanderla pomme d'ambre (amber apple)—which combined strongly-scented spices, resins, herbs, and other precious aromatic ingredients like ambergris into perforated vessels.

Notes: pomelo zest · warm spice · red wine · dried fruit · rose · labdanum · patchouli · peru balsam 

Impressions: a bright citric burst against contrasting dark resins; warm, sweet, and spicy; hints of earth, wooden cask, and leather

The Ritual: pomanders are adaptable, multi-purpose tokens that can be worn as jewelry,  hung as a fragrant decoration, or carried in a concealed manner for a fragrant reprieve for metaphorical miasma. Always store your pomander charm away after use to preserve scent. Once spent, pomander balls can either be burned as incense*, or re-scented with a fragrant oil of your choice for continued use. 

Two fragrant, handmade pomade balls presented in a black gift box with locket charm and burgundy ribbon.
*Pomander balls are not self-igniting and require the use of either charcoal discs or electric/candle-lit incense burners. 

RAW PLANT SPIRITS (INGREDIENTS): Cistus Ladaniferus (Labdanum) Resin, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi) Resin, Vanilla Planifolia, Crocus Sativus (Saffron), Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit, Prunus Armeniacum (Apricot) Fruit, Vitis Vinifera (Raisin) Fruit, Ribes Spp. (Currants), Citrus Maxima (Pomelo), Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit, Cinnamomum Verum (Ceylon Cinnamon), Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom), Chrysopogon Zizanioides (Vetiver), homegrown Verbena Officinalis, homegrown Rosa Sp.

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Vitis Vinifera (Red Wine), Rose Water, Myroxylon Balsamum (Peru Balsam) Resinoid, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Essential Oil

This limited edition offering is made with handmade artisanal tinctures and seasonal ingredients as part of our The Feast of Fools Winter Solstice box.