If you’ve ever stepped out of the shower and thought: “I’m feeling physically clean but I want to feel… energetically clean too,” the wellness industry has finally answered your call. Enter: Palo Santo-infused and scented products. Will swiping Palo Santo-scented deodorant across your pits help you spiritually too? Unclear. But it can certainly help you smell enlightened.
What is Palo Santo?
Palo Santo is a wood that comes from the Palo Santo tree, indigenous to the coast of South America. Literally translated, it means “holy wood.” Burning it is said to help clear the negative energy from a space (whereas sage, also used in cleansing rituals, clears all energy – good and bad).
“Palo Santo has been used in ritual and ceremony for thousands of years to cleanse and ground a space or the self,” explains Well TO Do expert and reiki healer, Tara Good. “It holds a powerful ability to raise your vibration in preparation for meditation and creates an almost instantaneous connection to Source and the Higher Self.”
Why Are We Seeing Palo Santo in Our Products?
Palo Santo has “gained a lot of popularity in the North American Mainstream over the last few years,” Good says, “however due to the fact that it creates smoke, there are limits on the places and situations that we can use it. By infusing its essence into room and body sprays, and distilling it into body care products, it allows for the effects of this Holy Wood to be far more versatile and a little less intimidating to use.”
But Can it Cleanse You?
Or does it just smell really, really good? “While the smoke itself does a lot of the purification,” says Good, “the properties of the wood are still powerfully activated within manufactured products. The essence will stay with you, long after applied.”
Good’s favourite Palo Santo product? “My go-to is the Rose & Palo Everyday Mist by Woodlot. I can spray it in a room or on myself before or after teaching a class to clear the space without having to light a fire.”
Find Your Palo Santo-Scented Go-To
AER Next-Level Deodorant
What makes this deodorant “next-level”? The addition of Palo Santo, of course. If rubbing $30 deodorant on your pits doesn’t make you feel virtuous enough, the fact that this product is cruelty-free and made with wind power will.
Goop Eau de Parfum: Edition 02 – Shiso
We could tell you about this perfume that’s blended with shiso leaf, oakmoss and, of course, Palo Santo, but, well, we can’t do it any better than the source itself. “A perfume of cool air, pale sun, new life unfurling on the forest floor, this mystical perfume channels the energy of spring: sensual heat against cool, damp air.”
Woodlot Rose + Palo Santo Everyday Mist
Both editors of Well TO Do, as well as our expert contributor Tara Good, own this spray from Woodlot and with good reason: to get that earthy, sweet scent without filling your room with smoke or smudging burning wood all over your skin. Bonus points for the soothing and refreshing rose hydrosol.
Rahua Classic Shampoo and Classic Conditioner
For the same “last night’s smoke in your hair” smell achieved by summer bonfires, there’s Rahua’s shampoo and conditioner made with Palo Santo oils. Bonus points for being really nourishing too, thanks to the rahua oil, green tea antioxidants, lavender, and other deliciously fragrant ingredients.
And One for the Men…
Herbivore Beard Tonic
Why should your man just look like a lumberjack when he can smell like one too? That’s why we’re loving Herbivore’s Palo Santo-scented Beard Tonic that combines natural plant oils to promote a healthier looking beard while moisturizing the skin.
Lead image courtesy of Palo Santo Supply Co