The Miracle of Frankincense - A Skin Saviour

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Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is a resin that is extracted from the Boswellia tree, native to the Arabian Peninsula and northeastern Africa. For centuries, it has been used in traditional medicine for its numerous health benefits, and it is now gaining popularity in functional skincare due to its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  For the purposes of our products, both within Pantheon Skin and Remedy & Ritual product lines, we prefer the whole resinoid extract over the steam-distilled essential oil in almost every case.


Constituents of Frankincense Resinoid Extract

Frankincense resinoid extract is composed of a complex mixture of terpenes, including alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, limonene, and caryophyllene. It also contains boswellic acids - not present in frankincense essential oil, which are thought to be responsible for many of its therapeutic properties, including promising anti-tumour and anti-cancer potential.

Processing of Frankincense Resinoid Extract

Frankincense resinoid extract is obtained through a hot process oleo-extraction, or through a solvent extraction and subsequent evaporation/purification. The resin is collected from the Boswellia tree by making incisions in the bark, and the sticky resin is allowed to flow out and harden into small tears. These tears are then collected and processed to produce the resinoid extract.

Uses of Frankincense Resinoid Extract in Functional Skincare

Frankincense resinoid extract is a valuable ingredient in functional skincare due to its numerous benefits for the skin. Some of the ways in which it can be used are:

  1. Anti-aging: Frankincense resinoid extract contains powerful antioxidants that can help to protect the skin against free radical damage, which can cause premature aging.
  2. Anti-inflammatory: Boswellic acids, found in frankincense resinoid extract, have been shown to have strong anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce redness and irritation in the skin.
  3. Moisturising: Frankincense resinoid extract has emollient properties, which can help to soften and hydrate the skin, making it a great ingredient for dry and mature skin types.
  4. Acne-fighting: The anti-inflammatory properties of frankincense resinoid extract can also be helpful in treating acne by reducing inflammation and preventing the formation of new blemishes.


Benefits of Frankincense Resinoid Extract in Functional Skincare

In addition to the specific uses mentioned above, frankincense resinoid extract has several general benefits for the skin:

  1. Improves skin tone and texture: Regular use of frankincense resinoid extract can help to improve the overall appearance of the skin, making it smoother and more even-toned.
  2. Reduces the appearance of scars: Frankincense resinoid extract has been shown to be effective in reducing the appearance of scars, including acne scars.
  3. Calms the mind: In addition to its skincare benefits, frankincense resinoid extract is also known for its calming and grounding effect on the mind, making it a popular ingredient in aromatherapy.  Applying frankincense resinoid extract in oil to the temples is an effective relief for stress and headache.  Adding a little to the bath promotes a feeling of calm and well-being.


In conclusion, frankincense resinoid extract is a powerful and versatile ingredient that can be highly beneficial for the skin. Whether you are looking to reduce inflammation, improve skin tone and texture, or fight signs of aging, this ancient remedy is definitely worth trying.


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