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Rockrose flowersLabdanum (Rockrose)
Cistus ladanifer
This resin comes from an evergreen shrub that grows in Spain and is harvested with a leather rake.  Labdanum is much waxier than most resins, so it never completely solidifies but instead remains a very sticky, tarry substance.  Also called Incense of the Black Sun, labdanum corresponds to onycha in various recipes.  It makes a good fixative for perfumes with a woodsy or "masculine" scent and is considered an excellent replacement for animal-obtained musk, especially when combined with oakmoss and patchouli, and is a regular component in vegetable substitutes for ambergris. Labdanum's soothing scent is warm but not hot, flowery but not too sweet, sedating and uplifting mood at the same time. A little goes a long way, and it keeps its scent a long time, too. It is associated with Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, Scorpio, Cancer, and The Chariot, but we think the best fit is Sun. This is truly a glorious smell! Top

You can make working with this resin easier by pouring some onto a piece of waxed paper and putting it in the freezer. It will harden up so you can remove it easily from the waxed paper and quickly roll it into a ball. Or you can make it runnier and thus easier to mix with other ingredients by warming it slightly (but remember, this stuff is flammable). Top


Labdanum resin
20 g vial $17.00

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Uses in Magic & Witchcraft:

Money Spells
Protection Spells
Honoring Sun-Associated Deities
Sun Incense

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