Frankincense (Olibanum) essential oil - Boswellia spp.
Several types of olibanum are traded but the most common is the the Boswelia carterii. This oleoresin, which is collected by making incisions into the bark, comes out as a white, sticky, milky substance that solidifies into small, golden drops. Coming from north-east Africa, the tapping of the olibanum trees is part of tribal ritual. Frankincense, mainly used in the manufacture of incense, is also a good fixative for fragrances.
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CategoryEssential Oils and Extracts
Harvest PeriodNov - Dec; May - July
Natural StatusEU Natural
Organoleptic Descriptorsold wood, incense, amber
Common Applicationsroot beer, oriental, amber, musk, bark, petunia
AppearanceColourless to pale yellow liquid
Optical Rotation-15.0 to -5.0
Refractive Index @20℃1.4670 to 1.4780
Specific Gravity @20℃0.864 to 0.878
Flash Point ℃41°C
Shelf Life (months)12
Storage RecommendationsSealed containers in a cool dark place. Check quality before use