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Scents of the Earth

episode  nr. 2 : Frankincense

There are very few perfume ingredients that go as back in time as incense, in fact the word perfume comes from the word per fumum, via smoke.

Incense has been a key component in various cultures and religious practices for centuries. Its aromatic properties have been cherished not only for their pleasant scent but also for their symbolic significance, the reach for transcendence. The use of incense dates back to ancient civilizations from all over the world, where it played a crucial role in religious ceremonies, rituals, and medicinal practices. 

Hello dear,


In this Scents of the Earth I will talk about Frankincense, a sacred resin with long legacy, having been around for at least 6.000 years, and during this time has left an incredible mark on history, society, spirituality, and perfumery. Frankincense, derived from the Boswellia tree is known for its distinctive and complex aroma smells wonderfully resinous, citrusy, and slightly sweet. You will discover many olfactory layers soon! 

The resin is mainly produced in Somaliland, an autonomous region in northern Somalia. 


With love,



In your box this month:

Organic Frankincense Boswellia Frereana essential oil, Frankincense olibanum from Boswellia Sacra, and Frankincense 'tears'

Corresponding images, books and video's 

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Aromatherapeutic blending by Jennifer Peace Rhind

This book is my bible on aromatherapy 


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Incense burner or Censer

Swiss before 1477

On view at The Met.

Catharijneconvent Utrecht also has some beautiful historic items on display. When I am in a museum I always play the game 'find the fragrance'. I find it gives an extra dimension to any visit

A healthy Boswellia tree in the wild 

In the harvest of the Boswellia trees, overtapping- especially in the dryer regions is a big problem

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This video describes and shows the ritual of Kodo

In my video you can see a Western adaptation of this ritual  

Cumar Dhuule

Some wonderful vintage music from the area

A Boswellia Frereana growing on limestone

The limestone is porous and in the little holes of the material, the tree will grow. It has been tried to grow Frankincense plantations but they won't grow, only under very specific conditions

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Frankincense in Lingua Planta perfumes Frankincense is a fascinating basenote, with notes that reach all the way to the topnotes that we work with in a couple of our perfumes such as  Defend, Understory and Henosis. 

Find Frankincense in perfumes?

Olibanum from Boswellia Sacra is present in Defend, and Henosis, Boswellia Frereana essential oil (the one you have in your kit), is present in Understory. 


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