Frankincense, also known as Olibanum, is a resin mote used in perfumery and known for its mystical, smoky, and slightly sweet aroma.

This resin is harvested from the Boswellia tree, commonly found in Somalia and the Arabian Peninsula. 

Fragrance Pyramid

Frankincense often acts as a Heart Note or Base Note, adding an aromatic, resinous quality to the scent.

Scent Summary

  • Mystical
  • Smoky
  • Slightly Sweet
  • Woody
  • Balsamic

What Does Frankincense Smell Like?


Frankincense in perfumery exudes a resinous, slightly citrusy aroma with woody and spicy nuances. Its sacred, timeless scent adds depth, spirituality, and a sense of ritual to fragrances.

I adore its rich, aromatic character and find it perfect for adding a touch of exotic mystery, especially to sandalwood and amber scents.

Complementing Notes

Frankincense’s smoky, mystical character complements a variety of notes.

  • Myrrh: For a deep, resinous blend.
  • Cedarwood: Adding a dry, woody contrast.
  • Sandalwood: For a creamy, warm complement.
  • Amber: Enhancing with warmth and depth.
  • Leather: Creating a rich, sophisticated base.
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