Passover Kyphi was born out of curiosity and wonder. From a passion to create a Kyphi for purification, using Ezov (the Biblical Hyssop), which was used by the Israelites to protect their homes from the last and most deadly plague.
Noticing that the traditional process and key ingredients of Ancient Egyptian Kyphi visually and aromatically resembles the Haroset, a traditional paste of minced dried-fruit and nuts, spiced and preserved with wine.
Kyphi is an ancient Egyptian incense which is considered to be the first perfume ever created. The elaborate and complex recipe for Kyphi was found on the walls of Egyptian temples and called for 16 distinctive ingredients. In the temples, Kyphi was burnt at dusk or early evening to prepare for the evening rituals and for dream work. Kyphi was soaked in wine and consumed as medicine, and was burnt by Egyptian nobles to as a personal fragrance by means of smoke (which would cling to hair and clothes), and were burnt in the evening to banish the worries of the day and invite good dreams.
Our Kyphi Passover is a modern interpretation of the original Egyptian Kyphi, using 18 precious ingredients that are ground separately, then compounded together in a mixture of organic resins, local wine and wild honey. This not only binds together the ingredients but also creates an alchemical process that truly transforms the aroma of the incense and creates a heavenly smoke when burnt on a charcoal. It can also be used by placing on an aromatherapy diffuser (place on a piece of aluminum foil to prevent it from sticking to your diffuser). In addition to the traditional resins, the Passover edition for Kyphi uses Ezov (Origanum syriacum), myrtle, wild water mint, wild fennel seeds and other secret wild aromatics that are sure to bring a wonderful cleansing and sweet scent to your home this spring.