Frankincense Rivae Absolute is a beautiful, deep and rich smelling absolute that I prepared from sustainably harvested and Fairly traded Frankincense Rivae resin from the Somali region of Ethiopia.
It blends beautifully with alcohol and with carrier oils! This means it can be used in Balms, oil-based & solid perfumes, cremes, medicated and aromatic oils, soaps, candles, and more.
Frankincense Rivae Absolute has candy-sweet notes that distinguish from other Frankincense types. It has a bit of “Desert” dryness that complements and balances many sweeter aromatics.
A dab of this concentrated aromatic, blended with a small amount of carrier oil, makes a lovely and ready-to-wear perfume. I often blend this directly on my skin. I find it calming and uplifting.
Likely my favourite Frankincense type, Boswellia Rivae, never stays in the shop for long.
It has a haunting, rich fragrance with a soft candy-like sweetness reminiscent of its distant cousin Palo Santo (Bursera Graveolens). With a deep amber heart and a light, sweet spiciness, it is my go-to Frank in many of my blends and is a beautiful resin on the coal.
Frankincense Rivae is one of a handful of Frankincense trees that cannot be tapped. The trees are harmed in no way to collect resin. This makes its collection sustainable.
Frankincense Rivae resin is collected mainly by the women of pastoralist tribes as they move through the Savannah with their goats, camels and sheep, seeking new areas for the animals to graze. Since the wealth of the tribe is in livestock which the men are in charge of, collecting resins provides an independent income for the women. This income is often used to purchase food and medicine for their families.
Like all others in its family, Frankincense Rivae is ruled Astrologically by the Sun. Thus it is considered warming and strengthening to the heart and mind, grounding, cleansing and spiritually uplifting.
Frankincense Rivae has been used traditionally as an incense to cleanse the home, and sanctify ceremonies and sacred spaces. The essential oil and oleoresin of Frankincense Rivae are ingredients in traditional Bakhoor incense mixes across the region.
The scent of Frankincense Rivae, though unmistakably that of Frankincense, stands out with a smooth complexity. It is one of the most vibrant Frankincense types I have come across. It lends itself beautifully to natural incense work and can be used in various cremes, salves and oils.
Boswellia, or Frankincense Rivae, is an olfactory treat, a rare and unusual Frankincense that should not be missed.