Become the Shaman {a palo santo perfume}

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


A grounding ritual mix based on palo santo, copal, tobacco, and sappy milkweed.  The result is a lush forest of milky-woody incense, with spice-like hints, and smoke softly curling around you.
Great for men and women alike.


About This Product

In an uncertain world we seek a place of safety, comfort, and peace.   In troubling times we seek out protection…sometimes through external talismans: an amulet, a symbol, an incantation.  But what if the power (and protection) we seek comes from within?  What if we all had access to a safe place filled with magic?

The invitation is to Become the Shaman.  You possess the strength and power to cast all ‘demons’ aside.  When you Become the Shaman, you find that true balance and power come from within.


Become the Shaman draws from the animist / nature-based spiritual traditions of native peoples of the Americas.  Palo Santo (“Holy Wood”) is the focal note for the design and is used by the Incas to purify and cleanse the spirit from negative energies.  White Sagebrush and Tobacco (used by Native Americans to cleanse and purify) as well as Copal resin (used by the Aztecs for magic and as a symbol of immortality during funerary ritual) are also called on to imbue the design with richness and protection.
I developed a milkweed accord to symbolize ‘transformation’, as it is a native plant to the New World and is the exclusive food of the migrating Monarch Butterfly.

Become the Shaman was inspired by the “Project Talisman / Eau de Protection” project launched at to commemorate it’s Seventh Anniversary.  The Creative Director for the project is Michelyn Camen.  Thank you, Michelyn, for making this project possible and bringing the spark of inspiration for the creation of this fragrance.  A special thank you as well to Mary Schultz-Williams, for her apt naming of the fragrance (my working title was just “Shaman”) which brought the design into greater focus.  As always, Mary’s insight was spot on. <3


*EdP / VdP sample vials are 1/2 filled; Perfume / Extrait mini roller vials are full.

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6 reviews for Become the Shaman {a palo santo perfume}

  1. Rated 5 out of 5 (verified owner)

    I don’t know why there aren’t 50 positive reviews for this. This stuff is fabulous. Maybe the tobacco references put people off. I don’t smell tobacco at all, not cigarette tobacco or pipe tobacco either. Or really vanilla either, althought it’s listed as being there. It’s an exotic wood fragrance, but different from all the ouds out there. Not a sage scent really either; at least not dry sage used as incense. More of a dry woody incense from a remote ashram somewhere. I bought a sample last summer and immediately bought a 10ml perfume pen. Even better now that winter’s finally here.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lesley (verified owner)

    This is an exquisite perfume. It’s mysterious and subtle, with a combination of earth and floral notes.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    leenichol (verified owner)

    This is the one perfume that keeps asking me, “Why have you spent so many years and so much money trying to find strange and creative perfumes that exactly suit your taste, when you could have gone on a sampling binge at DSH and found everything and more you were after?”

    Seriously, Become the Shaman is a masterpiece. DSH has taken the notoriously difficult Palo Santo oil and transformed it into a spiritual elixir. Like the Sufis of old did with oud, one can use Becomes the Shaman as a stand-alone contemplative practice for calmness, depth, and inward journeying. More prosaically, you are almost certain to hear, “What is that wonderful fragrance?” if you wear it out and about.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    The most amazing and unusual perfume. He smells like ashes in the beginning then , suddenly, he became alive. From ashes too Phoenix. So beautiful,.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tara (verified owner)

    This is the most beautiful palo santo fragrance I own. It smells like the actual wood and is so uplifting. I don’t smell the tobacco, but I do smell the copal. I bought it in the edp and body oil and wear it to yoga class.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    In Become The Shaman Dawn channels her most primitive perfumer, her priestess of aromas. Created for a CaFleureBon site project whose creative theme was “Talisman Project / Eau de Protection”, Dawn draws inspiration from the theme of Palo Santo and its use by the Incas to purify and cleanse the spirit. It is a perfume that perfectly embodies the word perfume – an aromatic smoke that mixes a woody, creamy and sacred aura that resembles sandalwood with resinous, woody and incense tones in something that sounds natural without being too heavy, too smoky. It is a beautiful study on the nuances of palo santo and for those who enjoy a woody scent with incense is a full plate.

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