Menteath Smoked Bay Body Oil.
A moisture rich body oil created as a nod to my humanitarian practice and a tribute to the Aleppo Soap makers in Syria. Still today one of the most popular and nutritious soaps used across the world. With the aroma of bay leaf fused with fire and wood, Smoked Bay will cocoon your body in moisture leaving it hydrated, soothed, and vibrant.
Dry/ Mature/ Combination (avoid if you tend to get clogged pores)
Olive, Bay, Rosewood
Rich in Active Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K. A great source of Omega 3, 6, and 9. One of our most nutritious oils.
Felicity has fused traditional smoke rituals from the Middle East and Old England, bringing together ancient traditions, conservation, wildlife, with beauty in nature. The history of our sacred trees has long inhabited our forests in England, reigniting the life journey and meaning of Paganism and how we connect with our woodlands and the animals that inhabit it.
Felicity's smokey wood infusion aims to replicate the ancient ritualistic practice of smoke bathing, often referred to as Dukhan in countries like Sudan. This Arabic practice involves smoking scented wood, such as talih and shaff, and often sandalwood - Trees which are considered to have spiritual and healing properties.
Once the wood is smouldering a blanket of thick wool is draped over the body to create a chamber of smoke. The process is used in regions historically to treat arthritis and remove toxins from the skin. Felicity embodies this ritual to recreate Dukhan through her range of plant derived woody and smoke infused oils.
From the maker: My approach to smoke infusing draws on the Pagan tradition of finding your way into and through the forest. For me, coming to know a forests open space and groves, its trickles and wild flowers, the high spots and shady valleys, the tangled roots and dark corners, learning the paths within, and the way of all who inhabit the forest. I harvest fallen trees four times a year in line with the seasons in two woodland locations in Sussex, England, and Perthshire, Scotland. Each tree species allows me to create small batches of beautifully fragranced plant-derived oils.