Frankincense Somalia


Boswellia carterii


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Our added value

We ensure legal compliance at every stage of the supply chain, from collection to export of plant raw material. Training in good harvesting practices is provided to collectors by our partner.
We process the gum ourselves at our production center in Seville.

Used since the first perfumes, frankincense develops in the heart of oriental accords to enhance woody notes. It adds a fresh facet to balsamic notes.
Frankincense resinoid, less intensive than essential oil, creates a balsamic and fixing base for most of the notes used in perfumery.

Boswelli carterii is a branche shrub that grows on cliff faces in the arid regions of northern Somalia (Somaliland).
The frankincense gum trade is a traditional practice, thousands of years old, carried out by nomadic communities and networks.

In Somalia, tapping takes place during the dry season, the trees’ vegetative period, when they no longer have leaves. Once the tree is incised, the collectors allow the tree to exude its resin for 10 to 15 days, coming to harvest it two to three weeks later. The trees are then recut for another exudation. Once harvested, the frankincense gums are manually sorted by size and color and left to dry for 12 weeks. There are several qualities of frankincense that vary depending on the collection period, the tree’s age, the storage conditions, and the time allowed for sun-drying.

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