Olibanum Oil – serrata

AKA Frankincense essential oil.

This oil is produced by steam distillation from Boswellia serrata from India.

See also the Olibanum Resinoid product, produced by a different method from a related species.

Arctander describes the smell of this oil: “Its odor is strongly diffusive, fresh-terpeney, almost green-lemon-like or reminiscent of green, unripe apples (peel), but not terebinthinate. A certain pepperiness is mellowed with a rich, sweet-woody, balsamic undertone. Depending upon the method of distillation of the oil (time, vapor pressure, etc.) the odor is more or less tenacious with an almost cistus-like, ambre-type, balsamic dryout note.” 

This versatile product can be used as a fixative with citrus, in typical incense notes or to support amber or labdanum in fine perfumery.

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