Protecting and softening
Olibanum is also called frankincense.
It is the resin of the Boswellia carterii tree. The resin has a woody, fresh and slightly fruity aroma.
The resin was one of the earliest perfume materials used - first burned as incense and used in religious ceremonies by ancient civilisations pre-dating the Egyptians. It continued to be important during religious ceremonies and was believed to cleanse the air, ward off evil spirits and calm the environment.
By the time of the Pharaohs, myrrh and olibanum (also known as the incense trees) had become extremely valued.
Ancient Egyptians used olibanum in the embalming process.
Due to its sticky, resinous nature, olibanum covers the skin with a thin, protective film, softening the skin and minimising the appearance of fine lines. It is effective on sore, cracked, de-hydrated skins, such as eczema-prone, dry and mature skins.