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Vanilla aromatica

'Caxixanath - mysterious flower' is what the Maya call the sacred Vanilla vine. Vanilla is a climbing orchid species native to the rainforest of Central America. It drapes itself around its host tree in a hugging embrace. The flowers, which only remain open for 24 hours, are fertilised by a tiny species of hummingbird and by the stingless Mexican bee. The ensuing pod is not actually fragrant until it ferments, which can take up to six months after they are picked. The Mayas have always regarded the rich, sweetly tempting aroma as an aphrodisiac and used it as a stimulating perfume. When the Spaniards 'discovered' Vanilla they quickly caught on to its use and when they brought it back to the old world popularised it as a highly potent aphrodisiac. It also became a popular as a spice, but the high prices made it a luxury item for chefs, which it still is today. Modern technology has made it possible to synthesise Vanilla artificially, but neither its scent, nor flavour or effect is quite the same as the real thing.

Vanilla is mostly used in perfumery, but can be added to aphrodisiac massage or bath oils. It stimulates the mind and enhances creative powers. In aromatherapy skin care it acts gently emollient and leaves the skin feeling soft and silken, while lending a beautiful aroma to any creme or lotion.

Vanilla can be used as a perfume for rites of the Great Goddess of Love and for sex magic. It may be included in love philtres, lotions and potions to attract a lover or to rouse passion. It also stimulates the mind and may be used to enhance creativity.

A sweet, dark, enchanting, balsamic scent. Blends well with Patchouli, Vetivert, Frankincense, Benzoin, Cinnamon, Galbanum and Bergamot.