Halmaddi available

Andrew at Equinox Aromatics has managed to source and bring into the US real Halmaddi.  You can check it out at the link above, It is a brown grey rather sticky substance that needs to be stored in water, so working with it will be “interesting”. You can expect to see incenses using it coming out fairly soon. At least in my case, and I am pretty sure in a number of others, they will be built around natural ingredients. The only problem with this is the cost factor of  of the essential oils and absolutes now days 🙂

OK, back to the laboratory..oh no, the musk ox is loose again!



  1. Julz said,

    November 15, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I’m now completely baffled & confused re what tree Halmaddi/Mattipal actually come from ?? – I’ve now read various differing things as to it’s origin, which it obviously can’t be if it’s supposed to be the resin/sap of a single specific tree. (If it were a blend of various ingredients, then fine confusion understandable, but it’s not !) – So what I’d like to finally discover for certain is which tree exactly ??
    1) Is it the resin from : Ailanthus triphysa or A. malabarica ? (which seems the most likely candidate by most accounts)
    2) Or is it rather from : Mimusops Elengi L. … (which is interestingly what ‘The Mother’s India’ specifies as the ‘halmaddi’ they use, on their website) … & which is a completely different tree.

    As much as I do actually very much enjoy Mother’s incense, & find their Nag Champas especially a cut above most. – IS this ‘halmaddi’ they’re using in fact actual true halmaddi after all then ?? – Their blends certainly smell gorgeous, & their base very distinctive. However …. ???

    So any one out there actually know the facts, for certain !? Which is it then ??

    • Mike said,

      November 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Good questions Julz. The only thing I have to add is Mother’s have sent me halmaddi paste in a jar and it’s clearly the same halmaddi scent you’d find in most incenses.

  2. Ayala said,

    January 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Halmaddi is amazing!
    I’m simultaneously eager and frightened to experiment with the little bit I have thanks to your generosity. It has such a rich, incredible scent!

  3. apsara said,

    September 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for the info. It’s an odd looking paste, isn’t it.

  4. September 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Yes, it is exciting to finally get to work with the mysterious Halmaddi!
    (thanks to Andrew…)

    I hear you about all naturals…It is increasingly hard to make an all natural incense that is still affordable – Mermade is almost completely labor of love now a days. But it is what we love to do, a beautiful challenge and gift to those appreciate it, like you Ross….

    • Lars Olav said,

      October 27, 2011 at 7:29 am

      Did you put some halmaddi in the newest batch of “Spirit Temple”?
      The triangles themselves are sticky, and the scent is more “wet” and balsamic than previous batches.
      It’s even better!

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