April 23, 2022
Sola wood flowers (or shola) are an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to cut flowers. Made from the renewable wood of a marshy plant (not tapioca or cassava as commonly misunderstood), sola wood flowers look like real flowers and last a lifetime.
Sola flowers are easy to dye and are popular for diffusers.
What are sola wood flowers made from?
Sola (or ‘shola’) wood flowers are made from a plant called Aeschynomene aspera **. It’s a plant that grows wild in marsh areas. Because it grows quickly, it is a renewable resource and one of the lightest known woods. If you’ve ever touched balsa wood before, it’s a very similar feeling.
The plant has a layer of bark that covers the internal, cork-like center of the plant (called the ‘cream’). In most flowers, the bark is stripped and the center is made into thin sheets. It is these sheets that are hand-cut to make sola wood flowers.
Sometimes, the bark is left on before the creation of sheets, creating a unique two-tone effect on the flower. These are called ‘bark’ or ‘skin flowers’.
How are sola flowers made?
We’ve already told you about where the wood comes from, but how are the flowers actually created? Every single sola flower is created by hand and no machines are used. Every flower is composed of petals that are hand-cut from the delicate sola wooden sheets, and then composed to create gorgeous, realistic flowers. It’s an artisanal process that can’t be mechanized.
Our flowers are individually hand-crafted in small batches by skilled artisans.
What do I need to know to select the perfect sola wood flowers?
Even though all sola wood flowers are made by hand, there are differences in terms of quality. When shopping for high-quality wood flowers, you want to ensure that the flowers are made from whole sheets and that the final flowers do not have any flaws. Flowers with visible flaws are less expensive (produced by the desire to maximize the entire thin sheet, which is time-consuming to produce), but result in a less-desirable finished product.
The wooden petals of sola flowers will rapidly absorb the fragrance from the container until it is soaked which may appear to be running fast.
The flower has no scent in itself.
Apply by soak rope or stick into your oil bottle to absorb and diffuse the scent as aromatherapy.
One time use.
The wooden petals of sola flowers will rapidly absorb the fragrance from the container until it is soaked which may appear to be running fast. Then, the petals will diffuse fragrance into the air through evaporation. Therefore, the speed of evaporation can vary with the environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity. Since the wooden petals can hold the fragrance, you can still enjoy the fragrance for sometime after the bottle becomes empty.
Sola petals are effective in fragrance diffusion by providing a greater evaporation surface than other diffusing materials like reed sticks. Even a small sola flower diffuser can comfortably cover a larger space. You also can control the fragrance diffusion with the number of sola flowers or reeds.
** Aeschynomene aspera is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae. It is also known by the names sola, shola sola pith plant, pith plant, laugauni ponguchedi or Netti. Pith of low density from this plant is used to make hats known as pith helmets or sola topis.source : Wikipedia
Species: A. aspera
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