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.
Category Essential Oils and Extracts
Regional Availability Worldwide
Harvest Period Nov - Dec; May - July
Natural Status EU Natural
Organoleptic Descriptors old wood, incense, amber
Common Applications root beer, oriental, amber, musk, bark, petunia
Appearance Colourless 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 Recommendations Sealed containers in a cool dark place. Check quality before use.