Holy Ficus

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The revered fig tree of Siddhartha and Lord KṚṢṆA. Silently watch the flame for 7 hours and you may spy liberation.

Top Notes

  • cardamom
  • frankincense

Heart Notes

  • fig
  • cedar

Base Notes

  • ginger root
  • saffron

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India is in our DNA. It is Kavi’s motherland and it has always called to me. It is a big source of inspiration for the brand. The Bodhi—a holy fig tree—is revered in India for its association with Lord Krishna. It is also the tree Gotama Buddha received enlightenment under. You can still visit the place where the tree stood (and stands replanted) in the Bihar state.

Holy Ficus is a loose fantasy based on the this tree. We took a classic fig accord and draped it in ginger, saffron, frankincense, and cardamom. It fills the room with a Indian spices, wonderful fruit, and hopefully a faded memory of something larger.-D.S.


Listen to Holy Ficus

Psychedelics, Eastern themes meet inward Western exploration.


  • When our fume master David creates our fragrances, he sees them in color. The throw of a particular aroma can be described in the colors it implies in the mind of one with synethesia. Vetyer can smell straw like yellow, patchouli, deep red, and so on. David is very enthusiastic about translating an idea from one discipline to another—so music, words, and ultimately color become aromas to wear on skin and in sanctuary.

  • Fig is crowd pleaser. It’s an accord made of molecules that smell of milky coconuts and tomato leaves respectively. Fig has become something of its own genre often blended with green notes, flowers, and wood.

  • Ginger oils are super strong and spicy. They provide wonderful tropical warmth to flowers, incense, ouds, etc. Some varieties have a revolting onion note that can be useful to wile out.

  • Our generic term for burning perfumes “incense” comes for the common name for Olibanum: Frankincense (from various Boswellia plants in the family Burseraceae). Frankincense features heavily in ancient religion —Egyptian, Hebrew, Christian, Greek, and others. The bark of 10-year-old trees are cut, allowing the resin to bleed and form “tears.” These tears can be dissolved in a common solvent and used as base note (producing a balsamic orange amber note) or distilled for a complex citrus, smoky pine aroma in the top note section of a perfume.

  • Green piney spice with sweet eucalyptus vibes. A gourmand note common in Indian and Nordic deserts.