Tonka | Cocoa
The indigenous Kayapo peoples of The Amazon have faced a life of persecution and oppression. This comes hand-in-hand with ecological devastation the impact of which has created toxic fall-out across the world.
The humble Tonka bean comes from the Diptryx odorata tree, fruit of the Amazon - the lungs of the world. It requires native forest to sustain it and native people to harvest it. So the more we use, the longer the forest remains standing.
And by standing shoulder-to-shoulder with these proud ancient people we are doing our best to protect them from the ravages of so-called progress.
Bean kind of reminds me of the decadent Creme Anglaise body lotion that Lush used to sell many years ao. Not the same, but that sort of feel to it although much more raw. I like it, a lot.
Bean is a warm, comforting hug that we all need right now. Beyond the smooth tonka, I really appreciate the vibrant bursts of fennel and neroli, with the calmness of lavender ready to ease you on the way back down. Another winner by @sigorilla