I’m originally from Somalia, and despite it only really being known for decades of civil war and famine, it has a rich, beautiful culture and has many natural resources including frankincense. It has many uses within the Somali culture ranging from burning over coal to scent homes to chewing (it has a gum like texture) to release its medicinal benefits. It’s also used across aromatherapy being an aromatherapy obsessive ask me if I have a particular essential oil and I’ll probably have it!
Frankincense is just perfect in products as it’s known to prevent wrinkles, helps you relax and it relieves stress and rejuvenates the skin. Also, a study from French cosmetics brand Decléor found that frankincense can increase collagen production by 119%.
A few great products with frankincense worth checking out:
De-Stress Pure Frankincense Essential Oil Aromatherapy Associates £23 – Add a couple of drops of the essential oil to almond or olive oil for face massage, to candles to release tension, calm nerves and uplift your mood.
Decléor Excellence de L’Age Neck and Decollete Concentrate £59.80 – This soft and non-oily global anti-ageing product contains frankincense, immortelle, camomile and iris essential oils. It targets the sensitive neck and décolleté areas with the synergy of the innovative ‘lipofilling’ volume effect technology and a fine selection of active ingredients to help reduce hyperpigmentation, firm the skin, sculpt the neck hydrate and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Cowshed Spoilt Cow Range* – This range from the natural bath and body brand comes with a bath & shower gel £22, body lotion £24 and candle £44. Cowshed’s Spoilt Cow range combines frankincense, rich Indonesian sandalwood, French linden blossom and intense rose absolute to create an irresistible aroma, ideal for respite and promoting calm. Cowshed also has the Spoilt Cow Package with 2 hours of total indulgence which includes a massage, facial and manicure for just £150.
REN Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream £32 – This night cream is formulated to hydrate, recharge and revitalise the skin overnight, leaving it looking radiant, smoothed and beautifully healthy.