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Olibanum Resinoid – frankincense

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Olibanum resinoid (also known as frankincense) is incense at its best, relaxing and meditative, with a citrusy, woody and refreshing scent. Due to its sticky, resinous nature, it creates a thin protective film which softens, soothes, and minimises the appearance of fine lines.

Olibanum resinoid was one of the first materials to be used as a perfume. Firstly burned as incense and used during religious ceremonies by ancient civilisations, it became extremely popular at the time of the pharaohs, where it was also used in the embalming process. It retained an important role in religions throughout the centuries, to purify the air, ward off evil spirits and soothe the environment.

The resin is mainly produced in Somaliland, an autonomous region in northern Somalia. This area is the home of more than half of the world’s olibanum and myrrh trees, which have become endangered as farmers are forced to over-harvest due to the low prices they receive.

Lush buys olibanum oil and resinoid from two suppliers who work directly with Somali producers, guaranteeing fair prices and sustainable production. One is based in Morocco and the other in Vermont, USA, where they obtained the first organic certification for olibanum oil in the world. They sell the raw resin or distil it into a fragrant oil, that is known to be toning and soothing for the skin.

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Olibanum reminds one of incense and is woody. It is described as balsamic and spicy with a pine-like undertone.

This sticky and smoky scented ingredient softens and heals the skin, which is why we use it in Happy Hippy, King of Skin and Ceridwen’s Cauldron. It comes from East Africa, however the history of the area, its climate and the exploitation of its people have led to frankincense becoming an endangered species. Because of its brilliant properties, we still want to use frankincense and through responsible purchasing, provide a market for fairly purchased and sustainable frankincense. The frankincense trees grow in rocky, mountainous terrain. The resin oozes out of small cuts in the bark, and forms into beads as it hardens. The land is owned through a clan system, so trees cannot be sold, and are only worked on by men, while women in the family sort the different grades of resin.

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