Frankincense Essential Oil, Occulta
A frankincense with a citrusy, floral, light and fresh aroma that is unique among frankincense essential oils.
Note: This essential oil is incredibly rare and costly to produce. While most of our Frankincense oil is sold in 1/2 oz bottles, this treasure is offered in a dram (3.75mL) bottle to allow more customers an opportunity to experience it.
About Frankincense Occulta Essential Oil
In a little corner of Somaliland, on the Horn of Africa, a hot, dry climate is home to Frankincense Occulta, a wild frankincense species that is abundant in a very small area— yet hasn’t been found anywhere else in the world.
In fact, although used locally in resin form as a traditional incense, this unusual plant had been misidentified and was only recently determined to be an incredibly rare species of frankincense.
This natural rarity grows from the limestone rocks of Somaliland. While it shares the same beloved skin-soothing, clarifying, ceremonial traits of more common species of frankincense — it has a scent all its own… delightful, well-balanced, and perfumey, thanks to its remarkably rare composition.
Unusual Compounds & Perfume-Like Scent
Frankincense Occulta boasts a unique composition. It’s primarily comprised of methoxyalkanes, a group of ethers that are naturally very rare, having only been found in the essential oil of one other plant. In fact, Boswellia occulta also produces large amounts of novel sesquiterpenes like 4,10-di-epi-guaiol, and diterpenes like serratol, contributing to its remarkably complex and pleasant scent.
It’s citrusy, floral, light, and fresh, with familiar undertones of resiny frankincense, making it a unique and pleasant single-oil perfume.
Because the resin form is so low in oil, it yields small amounts in the distillation process — making Frankincense Occulta Essential Oil not just rare, but one of a kind.
Safety Considerations for Frankincense Occulta Essential Oil
Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant. Do not take frankincense essential oil internally.
More Information About Frankincese Occulta Essential Oil
With protective sourcing methods, this Frankincense Occulta Essential Oil offers a sustainable economic opportunity for local communities while bringing an exceptional botanical to Floracopeia’s offerings.
In the frankincense trade, harvesters and trees often suffer because of unscrupulous business practices and exploitation of local communities.
Harvesters rarely receive fair wages and proper benefits from their work. In an effort to produce enough product to make a living wage, they often overexert trees, ignoring best harvesting practices and threatening the plants.
With our ethical sourcing partners, we’re helping to break the cycle of the unsustainable frankincense trade, dictated and run by middlemen and unsustainable businesses. We’re proud to invest in local communities to create fair trade and living wages, while protecting these rare trees and ecosystems.
Through small-batch distilling of this artisanal frankincense, we’re able to help local communities develop, provide economic opportunities, support a stable, fair market for harvesters — and monitor these rare, valuable trees to keep them thriving.
We then get to share the powerful benefits of Frankincense Occulta with you, while helping local communities realize the benefits of their work in the sustainable frankincense trade.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Frankincense Occulta Essential Oil
- Perfumery Note: Base to Middle
- Odor: bright, citrus, floral, woody, resinous, warm
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Mild to Medium
- Blends Well With: Floral oils such as rose geranium and lavender, citruses like lemon, orange and bergamot, and warm wood oils such as cedar and juniper.
- Botanical Name: Boswellia occulta
- Composition: 100% Frankincense Occulta Essential Oil
- Origin: Somaliland
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Wild-Harvested
- Plant Part: Resin
- Color: Clear to very pale yellow
- Consistency: Thin
- Yield: 1 - 1.25%
- Bottle Size: 1 Dram (3.75 mL)
Interesting Frankincense Occulta Essential Oil Information
It has been harvested for its resin since time immemorial, but was only recently (in 2019) found to be a new species. Locally called Mohor Madow, the harvesters previously considered it to be a variant of B. carteri, despite the differences in its leaves, fruits, bark, and resin. The trees grow directly on limestone rock, and although they are restricted to a very small area of Somaliland, they are locally abundant.
The resin was traditionally sent from Somaliland to Yemen, and traded throughout the Arabian Peninsula. It was prized as some of the best quality resin, due to the very low oil content—whereas most B. carteri contains 5-6% essential oil, B. occulta contains perhaps 1-2%. As a result, the resin burns well as incense, its traditional use.
- Bottle Size:
- One dram (3.75mL)
- Latin Name:
- Boswellia occulta
- Country of Origin: