Book & Scent Set Vol.5: Fragrant Palm Leaves


Inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh's "Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals 1962-1966"
I was inspired to create a book and scent set when I first came across Thich Nhat Hanh’s journals at the beginning of the pandemic as we grappled with a lot of uncertainty, and a growing sense of fear and loneliness. As I went through the book, I saw an uncanny connection between our times and Thich’s formative days as he recounted his clash with the Vietnamese government and the one-party Buddhist community in the sixties. In times of turbulence, Thich had returned to Nature, built Plum Village with his friends, and came ‘home’ with unconditional acceptance, grace and pursuit of the 'present moment'.

"Fragrant Palm Leaves" book & scent set includes:

  • "Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals 1962-1966" by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Incense set created by Scentory
  • Book pouch illustrated by Dodolulu
  • Incense plate handmade by TOKI NASHIKI (needs to be purchased separately) Click here to learn more

*This project is inspired by the words of Thich Nhat Hanh. A heartfelt thank you to Plum Village for their kind support.


Incense set
Handmade by our artisan Serina, this incense set is made for you to connect with yourself and Thich’s words in 20 minutes. The incense features the woody, sedative notes of sandalwood fused with the uplifting and comforting desert sage. 
Scent profile: sandalwood, salvia dorrii (desert sage), yerba santa, makko powder

Book pouch
Illustrated by one of our favourite illustrators, Dodolulu, based on a quote that has supported me through my turbulence: "To live, we must die every instant. We must perish again and again in the storms that make life possible." (Thich Nhat Hanh in Fragrant Palm Leaves, Parallex Press, 2020)

Incense plate
We collaborated with ceramic studio TOKI NASHIKI to create an incense plate inspired by the cherry blossoms Thich had mentioned throughout his journals. His reverence and deep connection to nature have inspired us throughout the project.



Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh was a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. His key teaching was that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world. Thich Nhat Hanh was a gentle, humble monk – the man Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “an Apostle of peace and nonviolence” when nominating him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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