Bija - 1999 Hainan wild Chinese Oud Limited offering, now up in the shop! www.etys.com/shop/RisingPhoenixPerfume Bija - Hainan 1999 Chinese Oud Oil Jungle : Hainan Island, China Class : Wild Distilled : 1999 +/- a year China is an interesting place. I spent some time working in Shanghai in 3 different hospitals back in 2011. Chinese Medicine is interesting in that the Medicine influenced China's Socio - Philosophical / Spiritual practices, and vice versa. In the olden days, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism were not religious practices as you and I know religion. They were more philosophical world views - less concerned with religious concepts of "God" and more about Spiritual and Natural Truths (very similar to what you and I would call Science). It is for this reason that, when I chanced across this unusual turn-of-the-century Hainanese oil that I wanted to pay homage to China's Buddhist roots in the naming of the oil. In both Hindu and Buddhist cultures, the Sanskrit word, Bija, means "Seed" - and it is used as a metaphor for the Origin of All things (what Daoism would refer to as the Tao or Dao). This is an important medical / philosophical term within Chinese Medicine, as well, for it is from the Bija / Dao that come Yin and Yang, further differentiating into the Five Elements, and from the Five Elements that "The 10,000 things manifest" - i.e. - all of Creation. In Chinese Medicine - this same imagery is also used in describing Conception - and the differentiation of a single point of origin (the single cell we all start as) into a living being. We see the same concept in Western understanding in what we call the Big Bang. All things originated from a Single Point of Origin (the Seed, so to speak) - from which stars and all matter and all of Creation coalesced. So Bija is an important concept, and one I wanted to share with you. Especially since China has been harvesting and exporting Agarwood centuries before other regions you and I know to be centers of modern day trade. Chinese Agarwood is, in a very literal sense - the Bija of the Agarwood Trade. BACKSTORY Hainan "ran dry" of it's wild woods nearly a decade ago, and so finding old-stock wild woods and oils come exclusively from old traders and connoisseur collectors, and the occasional Hainanese resident who's been holding onto some wood for a rainy day. I've been making some Hainan Senkoh (Japanese-style incense sticks) recently, buying wood from an old, small incense maker to make high grade wild sticks. The kind of stuff no one is making any longer. Small batch, premium stuff. A few months back, he saw that I was serious about stuff from "the good 'ole days", and so he opened up to me some rare oils that he has in stock. This is the first from that collection that I'll be offering. **I've attached a photo of the quality of wood this oil was made from...as you can see - it's a wowzer! THE SCENT This oil is thick. I mean - THICK. In the cooler weather of Fall right now, as I release this oil, it has become like honey or molasses on a cold day - it's not very mobile. For those who don't like those funky barn scents from more traditionally distilled oil or Hindi oils - you're in luck. This oil was made for the Chinese Market, and they prefer cleaner, more refined scents. **Zero Barnyard or Funk Notes. As you open the bottle, your nose will be deceptively greeted by what smells like honey. Floral, warm beeswax and the scent of opening a jar of honey. But once applied to the skin...the fireworks begin. From the warmth of your skin, the oil will emit a complex aroma of Jungle Wildflower Honey, Bee Fur, Animalic Pheromones, and Black Hainanese Kyara layered over Ambergris and Musk. If ever you've smelled really high grade wood that is aromatic at room temperature...you'll understand just how much this smells like Kynam at resting room temp. Simply put - Bija is astounding. **Supply is limited **Due to the viscosity of this oil, I will only be offering a fixed number of 0.5g, 1g, 2g, and Quarter Tola / 3g increments.