What does Frankincense smell like?
Since ancient history, Frankincense has been used as perfume and incense in spiritual ceremonies in churches and tombs throughout the world. Frankincense smell can differ from one tree species to another; factors such as geography, soil climate and even time of harvest affect plant biochemistry and aroma. However, in general, Frankincense could be described as aromatic, musty, resinous pine with notes of citrus and spice. Frankincense has long been considered a scent with calming and relaxing properties; it is often used to treat symptoms of irritation or anxiety.
Frankincense distinctive aromas
The four main types of Frankincense with distinctive aromas are
- Boswellia Carterii
- Boswellia Sacra
- Boswellia Neglecta
- Boswellia Serrata
Boswellia Carterii Smell
Limonene is the primary component in most citrus oils. While Frankincense oils aren’t dominated by limonene, certain species do contain a significant amount. Boswellia Carterii has a 25-35% limonene content, giving it a deep resinous and citrus (lemon-lime ) smell.
Boswellia Sacra Smell
The earthy balsamic aroma of Boswellia sacra comes from the naturally occurring alpha-pinene (37.3%).
Boswellia Neglecta Smell
The white and the black Boswellia Neglecta smell significantly different. The white begins resinous-green, piney with hints of peppermint. It smells dark and woody and hints of a campfire.
Boswellia Serrata Smell
Also known as Indian frankincense B. Serrata resins is distinct from that of other species. B. Serrata has a distinct spicy and heavy orange citrus aroma. It contains the highest amount of α-thujene – around 70%.