Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil

What is Frankincense Essential Oil?

Frankincense is arguably the most spiritual of essential oils and has been used for thousands of years.
The name can be broken down to the old French franc, meaning pure, and the Latin incensum, which means to smoke. The burning gum is said to purify the air, hence its use in various religious rituals.
Frankincense essential oil is steam distilled from the dried gum exuded from various wild trees of the genus Boswellia. The various species can be found in remote areas of India and the Middle East, but the largest producers are Ethiopia and Somaliland.

What are the key benefits?

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is great for focus, to clear the mind of unnecessary thoughts and used heavily for meditation. It is also used extensively on the skin for its healing and revitalising properties, with it being said to combat fine lines.

Frankincense was the favourite essential oil of both of our founders, second only to Rose.

Ethically sourced, natural & sustainable.

We search the world to ethically source the finest ingredients and purest extracts, using the
right distillation and extraction methods to maintain their integrity.
We use optimum levels of Essential Oils to ensure powerful and safe results, helping to reset the mind, body & spirit.

At Aromatherapy Associates we are particularly proud of our Frankincense. The origin and provenance of many alternative supplies of frankincense is often unclear, but we can confidently say we are aware of the full supply chain of our material.

The gum is harvested from trees in Somaliland where the trees of Boswellia carterii and Boswellia frereana are most abundant, without the trees, environment or people being exploited. It is then shipped by sea to a facility in Vermont, USA which runs on completely renewable energy and water supplies, where it is then steam-distilled into the finest organic Frankincense essential oil.

The owner and founder of this facility escaped the conflict in Somaliland decades earlier and was able to set up a successful business where profits are directly fed back into the people and infrastructure in Somaliland with irrigation, education, sustainability and fair prices high on the agenda.

Where do we use it?

De-Stress Mind

At Aromatherapy Associates, Frankincense is used extensively in our skincare, due to the revitalising and skin regeneration properties, in our entire Anti-Ageing skincare range, Triple Rose Moisturiser, and also our Rose Reimagined range.

Frankincense is also key to our De-Stress Mind, Inner Strength and Support Equilibrium Bath & Shower Oils.

“De-Stress Mind is actually my favourite and go-to of the original ten blends, for me it is the one I resonate with most and can use in a variety of situations.

Frankincense is the key oil, but it is ably supported by wild Moroccan Camomile, to help calm and relax the mind, balancing Petitgrain,

inspirational Rosemary, which aids memory and cognitive function, but also Vetivert to take the edge off slightly.

I love working with Frankincense because it is so complex but can add facets to a blend by bringing out otherwise concealed notes from other accompanying essential oils. It has a fresh, green, yet balsamic and resinous characteristic, which adds class and sophistication to almost any blend.”

- Luke, our Master Blender at Aromatherapy Associates


Enjoy Frankincense oil in our De-Stress Mind Blend

De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil with Frankincense, Chamomile and Petitgrain essential oils by Aromatherapy Associates


Enjoy Frankincense oil in our Deep Relax Blend

Deep Relax Collection with Vetivert, Frankincense and Chamomile essential oils by Aromatherapy Associates


Enjoy Frankincense oil in our Inner Strength Blend

Inner Strength collection with Frankincense, Clary Sage and Rosemary essential oils by Aromatherapy Associates

Amy: Global Trade Marketing Executive

Skin Type: Normal – Dry


Skin prep is key for me to achieve that summer body glow all year around. I like to begin by sweeping away dead skin cells with the Revive Body Brush before bathing. I find this helps with firming and toning my skin, so I love to do this ahead of a special event and particularly pre-tan! I then take my De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil and apply a capful to my torso, shoulders and lower back before getting into my bath… I love the De-stress Mind blend as the sweet, yet herbal scent transports me to a state of calm before truly being able to unwind in the bath.


For me, bath time is the opportunity to take my ‘everything shower’ to the next level. I typically indulge in a bath for some down time ahead of a fun-filled weekend and to feel rejuvenated after a week of work. I apply the Revive Energising Exfoliator onto wet skin and massage this in for 2-4 minutes focusing on stubborn areas such as elbows, knees and shins.

Post Bathing Ritual

After soaking up the warm aromas of my bath I dry myself off with a towel and then get ready to apply the Revive
Body Oil
. My top tip is to ensure you apply body oil onto damp skin for ultimate hydration; I find this is crucial for locking in moisture and achieving a natural glow.

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Freya: Global Brand Marketing Executive

Skin type: Combination


I typically opt for a bath over a shower when my skin is feeling particularly sensitive, or if I have some extra get-ready time in the morning. I begin my bath time ritual by creating a spa atmosphere with the Atomiser Connect. For me, it is key to ensure my set-up is a sanctuary, this really helps me to start my day off right. My top tip is to infuse your Atomiser with the Essential Oil Blend you gravitate towards, this way you can tailor your routine to meet your specific needs in that moment. Currently I keep diffusing the Revive Pure Essential Oil Blend as I love that the citrusy aroma leaves me feeling uplifted. Whilst I run my bath, I massage the Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil into skin, which helps to improve circulation.


I like to begin my bath time by gently exfoliating my skin with the Rose Triple Exfoliator to even texture and remove dead skin cells. If you are looking for radiant skin, an exfoliant is a must have! My favourite thing about this exfoliant is that it does not leave my skin feeling stripped after use, which I have found with many I have tried in the past, but instead leaves my skin feeling nourished and soft with no irritation. I then apply the Rose Pink Clay Mask to my scalp and face to delicately remove oil build up and to rejuvenate both skin and hair.

Post Bathing Ritual

My post bath routine consists of locking in all moisture with a lightweight layer of the Revive Body Gel. As someone who is always on the go, this is a staple in my routine due to the fast absorbing, non-greasy texture of this product. In drier areas I love layering this with the Inner Strength Body Oil, due to its sweet yet spicy scent and skin nourishing properties.

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