Made in Ecuador, Designed in Italy, Delivered Worldwide
Our uniqueness is in the authenticity of the different worlds we represent with our Palo Santo adventure:
we combine the traditional premium quality of our Ecuadorian Palo Santo with the style and design of Italy.
We assemble it in London, delivering it worldwide.
Our products are 100% natural Palo Santo wood based: they help you to chill and focus with their aroma.
Boosting your concentration & relax, while giving a scented cozy atmosphere, has never been more easy.
Why we created Good Saints in 2020
2020 Annus Horribilis, they said.
The current global scenario has forced every single one of us to stop and take time for ourselves, reconsider our priorities, rediscover our true values as well as what really matters in our lives.
We found ourselves fragile but resilient, confident that we are going to come out stronger than ever before from the current contingencies that affect us.
We are in this together, and in our way, we wanted to offer a way to feel closer and come together from every part of the world, united in a moment of wellbeing, reconnection and grounding that Palo Santo can offer us.
From Our Lands to Your Hands, we hope you enjoy it.
Authentic, premium & sustainable palo santo
Used since the time of the Incas, Palo Santo has long since been hailed for its incredible scent and holistic properties, especially its purported antimicrobial ones.
It is a product with an incredibly rich heritage, which has been linked throughout time with helping relieve some illnesses as well as warding off insects.
Our Palo Santo is ethically sourced, and grown in a region that is famed for its connection to the Earth via volcanic ash. The team is committed to providing fair wages for all of our suppliers, and every tree that dies has four other brothers that get replanted by our sustainable farmers on the coast of Ecuador. We work with them to replenish the forest.
This renewable method of Palo Santo harvest has ensured that Ecuador is one of the only places on Earth which offers cruelty free Palo Santo.
a new forest mission: certified
However, most Palo Santo on the market today is unsustainable.
In order to harvest Palo Santo, the wood must fall naturally and dry out in a process which takes decades. Unfortunately, much of the Palo Santo you find on the market today is as a direct result of deforestation, and we want to change that.
Our palo santo producers obtained different certificates for their sustainable value chain.
By buying from Good Saints, you ensure the survival of Palo Santo in the years to come and also give back to the indigenous farmers of Ecuador.
Good Saints Experiences - YOGA
a daily purification
Bursera graveolens, known in Spanish as palo santo ("holy stick"), is a wild tree native to South America, especially in Ecuador.
The tree belongs to the same family (Burseraceae) as frankincense and myrrh. It is widely used in ritual purification.
Palo santo is commonly used today as a type of incense, which gives off an aroma reminiscent of baked apples or burnt sugar. According to many South Americans who have used it for centuries, it is used against the "mala energía" (bad energy): in fact it was used by the Incas for its reputed spiritual purifying properties.
Today, we use it to increase relaxation and focus, as well as for giving a wonderful scent to home and offices. Secretly, it is a unique insect repellant, especially mosquitos.
Certificate of origin
Would you ever buy a wine without knowing where it comes from? It should be the same for the fragrances and oils you use and inhale.
We harvest our palo santo in the authentic original area Puerto Lopez, on the seaside of Ecuador.
In fact, many of you might connect this wood to the Amazon or the mountains of Ecuador, Mexico and Peru. Instead, our Palo Santo is sourced from the forest behind the beach, a completely different environment which gives it its unique scent.
Puerto Lopez is located in a region of full natural wealth, Manta. The resources and products coming out from here are unique and exclusive of the area. The community plays a huge role: its members act as safe-keepers and administrators of these natural unique materials, such as our palo santo.
This is a community of people that are focused on maintaining their core culture. Some of our team grew up here and define them as humble, hard working but always smiling. You can find them fishing at the sea with traditional ancient methods (while protecting the big whales that consider this region home), walking collecting Palo Santo woods to use in their daily life style. They care about other natural products such as tagua (the natural ivory) and paja toquilla (the fiber of the Panama hat).
When buying from Good Saints you are buying their products, their care, their hand picked and cut woods. You are helping them maintain their lifestyle and their job - which is the one of protecting this special and unique land.
a sacred tree
After studying this plant for many years, our experts back in Ecuador found an interesting mix in the woods from the seaside. In fact, the sea has a huge impact on the aroma of the wood, mainly due to the iodine it gets exposed to for all its lifetime - the sea is the largest reserve of iodine in the world. As well, the volcanic soil of Ecuador, differently from the Peruvian one, hits the roots of the tree in a very different way, which makes the fragrance coming out of the dead wood stronger and more vivid.
Dead? Yes! The Palo santo tree is not cut when alive (we are not harvesting trees or endangering the ecosystem!). After 60/80 years, when the Bursera graveolens dies, our palo santo is sourced - cutting the dead branches of the tree in chops which then are manually elaborated and cut.
Good Saints is for everyone
Palo Santo is gender neutral: everyone can use it and benefit from its many virtues.
Use it in the morning before starting your day to focus and boost your system, at the end of the day to reconnect and rejuvenate, before sleeping to help you calming down and enjoy a deep sleep, during a practice of yoga or meditation as well as in the office to help you find a new balance.
Our Palo Santo is designed for everyone: use it daily to improve your body, your mind and feel good!
How to use palo santo
In order to use Good Saints wood, hold the stick at a 45 degree angle and set it alight. Burn the end of it for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then blow it out. This then releases the aroma from 5 to 10 minutes, which we have found to be the perfect length of time for a smooth daily meditation and self reflection.
The smell of our GS Palo Santo, with notes of citrus, apple and pine, will help to cleanse your space and rejuvenate your mind and body - while leaving an incredible aroma in your room (being also an insect repellant)!
To use the essential oil, simply put a few drops of it into a diffuser and allow the candle or flame underneath to burn through the oil and release the incredible scent.
Palo Santo Shower: make a small bonfire with palo santo and then blow it out. Use the smoke to clean your body from bad energies and detox treatment. Enjoy it while drinking a green smoothie or coconut water and snaking some granola or quinoa bars: get your detox all over your body and mind.
good saints Outdoor
Bonfire: The traditional way of using palo santo is by creating a bonfire of the woods. This is to create a natural non toxic insect repellent that will give you the perfect ambiance for an outdoor aperitivo, dinner or relax session.
Take your Palo Santo Stick on your trekking & hiking sessions, expedition or family vacation. It will always give you home comfort and protect you from unexpected insects (especially mosquitos).
We are a group of young enthusiastic individuals spread around the world. We believe in fair trade, ethically & sustainably sourced goods and we think that natural & traditional can mean luxury.
We are from Ecuador and Italy - based in London, where we met and started this project.
Find your Palo Santo vibe
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