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South Asian Damar Resin Incense is bright, joyful and cleansing with fragrant sweet notes, highly prized for its esteemed fragrance. Damar is said to be particularly useful in overcoming sadness, depression and melancholy and has a light, airy sweet smell.
In fragrance Damar is very similar to the much more expensive Gum Mastic which is of Greek origin and is frequently used as a substitute for it.
Damar in Malay means resin or "torch made from resin". Damar unfurls a sweet, fresh and citrus like scent when burnt.
Damar is extruded from trees of the genus Shorea, a large semi-deciduous variety, which is an important source of hardwood timber as well. The trees are cultivated for their treasured incense which is also known as cat-eye resin in some regions. This natural aromatic incense when burnt fills the air, both indoors and outdoors with an intense lemony fragrance. Damar was originally used for lighting torches which is why it is considered the bringer of light- lifting spirits from gloom and despair.
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