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Fragrant beads

I remember that they had a musty odor., were dark brownish in
color. Could the fragrant beads Marilyn is referring to be beads
made from crushed rose petals? 

These were not musty and were not a dark brown. More like a soft
burnt sienna.

marilyn

Could they have been sandalwood? I didn’t realize it came in red,
but see here:
http://www.rudraksha-ratna.com/dispCategory.php?catId=21&screen=3

Good luck!
Lisa Orlando
Albion, CA, US

there is an inferior grade of red santal powder that comes from SE
Asia, not hte govt. controlled sandalwood reserves in Mysore Bharat
(india)…usually used as an incense base that is mixed with amber(
one of 4 grades from honey amber to celestial amber that is quite
resinous and darkly coloured) crystallised for perfumery. this amber
is from Liquidambar styraciflua, closer to a variety of gum copal,an
immature succinum relative also known as sweetgum in North America
that is spun by heating chunks in an element much like candy
floss/cotton candy is made,the resultant product recrystallises and
then has the ability to melt on contact with 98.6 and higher skin
temperature, thus releasing the scent…if that tells you anything-
not fossilized amber as is used in jewelry manufacture

Hi Marilyn,

Could your beads in question be carved sandalwood? That’s a
distinctive fragrance that lasts! Can you post a photo?

Enjoy,
Karen

These were not musty and were not a dark brown. More like a soft
burnt sienna. 

Sandalwood?

Could your beads in question be carved sandalwood? That's a
distinctive fragrance that lasts! Can you post a photo? 

I wish that I could. They are only a memory from my childhood. I
would guess that they were made before 1900. Grandmother lived with
us or us with her all the years that I was growing up. As a child, I
would poke around in her things.

marilyn

Sandalwood? 

I think that I will try to find a little shop with imports novelties
and see if they have incense that I can smell.

marilyn