We just launched a NEW scent and we can't stop raving about it. Meet Forbidden Tonka Bean. This uniquely sweet scent is derived from a small, aromatic tree seed (or bean) sustainably harvested deep within the Amazon rainforest. The flavors and aromas of this wrinkled delicacy are complex. It's a seductive take on tradition vanilla. That's why we've decided to try our hand at harnessing this multi-layered aromatic profile loved around the world.
The origins of the tonka bean
Our tonka bean extract is derived from the seed pods of the Brazilian Dipteryx odorata tree. These trees are sacred to the local community and protected by the local government. The fallen pods are sustainably harvested by local workers who are paid a fair wage and are often subsidized with healthcare, clean water and fresh food.
What the tonka bean smells like
The tonka bean has a rich, caramel-like aroma with touches of sweetness containing notes of vanilla, cherry, almond, the faintest hint of spiced cinnamon and fresh-dried hay. Many South American cultures consider the tonka bean (also known as "love beans" and "wishing beans") a good luck charm.
Tonka bean is the new vanilla
We no longer use vanilla in our Palo Santo & Frankincense and Patchouli & Copal scents due to a lack of sustainability around its sourcing. In fact, the demand for vanilla is much higher than the supply, which often results in adulterated products and can take a toll on the communities that harvest it. In looking for a suitable alternative for our top-selling scents, we discovered the amazing tonka bean!
The scent profile is still very similar and many of our staff members and customers like it even better than the original. One of our customers referred to the tonka bean as "a seductive take on traditional vanilla." We agree!
We welcome your feedback and hope you love these love beans as much as we do.