What is Olibanum and the Story of Maroma
Olibanum Citrus Essential Oil Fragrance ~ $26
When our Maroma shipment arrived, I took one look at our Fragrance Gift Sets for Men and thought "Just what is Olibanum? " I instantly fell in love with the scent of the Olibanum Citrus essential oil and soap and I now prefer to wear it over a sweeter scent. Upon further research, I found Olibanum is also known as Frankincense (!) and its properties give a sweet, woody, fruity and refreshing scent to our Maroma men's products. As well as being a fragrance, the oil can be used to soothe and tone the skin, it covers the skin with a thin protective film, which softens, soothes, and minimises the appearance of fine lines. Awesome.
Crafted in the beautiful seaside town of Auroville on the east coast of South India. All of Maroma's products use clean and pure essential oils and botanical extracts, with the added bonus of being vegan, cruelty-free and never tested on animals. We love carrying the Maroma body care and home fragrance products in our store.
In January of 2019, while in India, I visited the Maroma workshop in Auroville and met Laura Reddy, one of the co-founders of the company. Auroville, 'the City of Dawn', is an international community dedicated to peace, sustainability and 'divine consciousness', where people from across the globe, work together to build a home. Many of the residents are artists and craftspeople, producing a wide range of products from artistic organic clothing to pottery and jewelry... and of course - the body and home care products from Maroma. Laura graciously welcomed me and walked me around the facility. The air was awash with aromatherapy essences and smelled wonderful. Open spaces with plenty of light define the work spaces. Most fascinating for me was watching the crafting of incense.
Maroma's incense is made from botanical fragrances blended with natural essential oils then mixed into a natural wood powder. The paste is extruded into different shapes and carefully laid out to dry.
Incense Collection $22
My Joy of South India tour in January 2019 will bring us to Auroville. There we will tour the Maroma workshop and visit other artisans in the community as well.
Since my first visit to India in 1994, I have adored visiting Auroville and Pondicherry. Nearby Pondicherry was a French colonial settlement in India until 1954. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial. Our tour will stay in the French Quarter at the charming Villa Shanti and do some exploring in Pondi as well.
I hope to see you in our store Marigold Way where you can shop Maroma and I would love to have you join me on my Joy of South India tour!
Be well, Katrina