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Olibanum Oil Carterii 100% Pure

Item#: 503369  CAS: 8016-36-2   FEMA: 2816

Odor Strength: Medium
Odor Description: Terpenic, woody, spicy, green, fresh, fruity, incense

Olibanum- an ingredient with an aroma as rich as its history in perfumery and ancient practices.  Olibanum is also known as frankincense, and is an extract derived from the Boswellia carterii tree.  The extract has a complexly woody aroma that lends itself well to many different varieties of fragrances.  Olibanum is used in some of the most coveted designer fragrances such as Chanel Coco Noir, Tom Ford Tuscan Leather, and Yves Saint Laurent Nu.

While most essential oils are distilled from the bark or leaves, olibanum oil is created via steam distillation of the sap of Boswellia carterii.  Boswellia carterii trees are native to Africa, but are grown across Ethiopia, Somalia, and India.  To harvest the resin, deep inscisions are made in the bark of the trees, allowing a milk-like fluid to leak out.  This fluid then hardens into sap, and can be collected for steam distillation.  Frankincense contains valuable aroma chemicals such as methoxy decane, alpha pinene, and para cymene.

Olibanum has a unique aroma- woody and spicy, yet green and slightly fruity.  This makes olibanum somewhat of an oxymoron- most woody scents are undeniably earthy- the complete opposite of fresh.  Thus, olibanum can be paired with a variety of ingredients.  When blended with warm notes such as vanilla, amber, patchouli, and spices, olibanum smells syrupy sweet and feminine.  For masculine fragrances featuring olibanum, woods, myrrh, and notes of tobacco and leather are combined to make strong scents.  Some more ambitious perfumers have used citrus and light florals like rose and iris to enhance the fresh top notes of olibanum to create powdery floral and fresh scents.

Historically, olibanum has been revered as a luxurious ingredient.  It has been traded across the Middle East and Northern Africa.  It is mentioned in both the Hebrew and the Christian bible as being used for holy offerings, rituals, and incense within sacred temples.

Olibanum has been used for years in aromatherapy practice and traditional medicine.  The extract has been thought to help alleviate feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety.  The oil has anti-inflammatory properties when used topically.  Frankincense also boosts the immune system- which is especially useful to us all in 2021!

Vigon’s Olibanum Oil Carterii 100% Pure 

If you are interested in seeing a sample or placing an order, please email Nicholas Bourne at or call 570-422-6026.