Ihram blends the aromas of oriental precious woods in a forest of pine trees.
Ihram is the name of the dress made of 2 simple white sheets that men wear for performing the sacred rites of pilgrimage in Mecca.
I have always been using abundantly this perfume when putting on the dress of Ihram, after the ritual bath of purification. This is where the name comes from. There are several reasons why I chose this perfume over others as a perfume for the Ihram dress.
It is a long lasting, woody and warm fragrance, worn in very hot weather and specially under the armpits, it will develop with your sweat into a musky fragrance that you will find people compliment you for.
This is the strange effect that human pheromones have when mixed with woods essential oils. I have researched the subject in “Human sweat, the last frontier of perfumery”.
The aroma of my perfume “Ihram” is strangely the fragrance of the woody incenses that reaches you from the distant city of Mecca, when you walk in the valley of Mina for the rite of stoning the devil during the last days of the pilgrimage.
In the realm of psychology, the effect that Ihram has on us comes directly from the effect that the aromas of the trees have on our psyche. They emanate calm, force, security and help us face difficult times without being pulled down by adversities.
From their trunk and branches, dense and persistent essential oils are distilled. They are often used in perfumery to give “body” and persistence to fragrances because their aroma is tenacious and stable with warm lasting notes.
In the same way in which wood is warm and insulating, essences of woods reinforce the ability of our body to resist to the diseases of cold, and their scent can warm our hearts from the emotional coldness of solitude.
They emanate a feeling of reassuring strength, instill confidence and stabilize our state of mind, making us raise our head towards the sky exactly like the head of the trees do in the forest.
These properties explain why the scents of woods always accompany meditation and prayer in the mysticism of the East.
“Ihram” is a scent where the familiar aroma of our pine forests is blended with the exotic notes of Rosewood, Cedar wood, Vetyver and Patchouli. A fragrance capable of awakening in us deep comforting emotions associated with our familiar memories of infancy and at the same time to satisfy our yearning for adventure and exoticism, but above all it is the perfume of the spiritual pilgrim.