Frankincense is also called olibanum.
It is the resin of the Boswellia carterii tree. The resin has a woody, fresh and slightly fruity aroma.
Frankincense trees can be found growing in Ethiopia, Somalia and generally in the regions surrounding the Red Sea.
The resin was one of the earliest perfume materials used - first burned as incense and used in religious ceremonies by ancient civilisations pre-dating the Egyptians. It continued to be important during religious ceremonies and was believed to cleanse the air, ward off evil spirits and calm the environment.
By the time of the Pharaohs, myrrh and frankincense (also known as the incense trees) had become extremely valued.
Ancient Egyptians used frankincense in the embalming process.
Due to its sticky, resinous nature, frankincense covers the skin with a thin protective film, softening the skin and minimising the appearance of fine lines. It is effective on sore, cracked, de-hydrated skins, such as eczema-prone, dry and mature skins.
We use frankincense resinoid in our Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar for its woody, grounding aroma.