This listing is for the gorgeous essential oil of Commiphora Confusa, also known as Dakkar and Kenyan Frankincense.
Though of the Myrhh family and not that of Frankincense, the chemical and aromatic profile of C, Confusa is that of a Frankincense type and not a typical Myrrh. This has earned it the name “Kenyan Frankincense”.
As a “Frankincense essential oil, it is one of, if not THE, richest and most complex . Aromatically it is striking, rich, bold and sweet.
The bouquet of Kenyan Frankincense opens with Honey and spice layered on top of Conifers, caramel and citrus. As it dries down, black pepper and cardamom come to the forefront and the sweetness recedes to yield a familiar amber Frankincense glow. All this unfolds on a backdrop of soft sensuous musk that is as much that of warm animal fur as of anything from a botanical source.
Kenyan Frankincense has only recently been identified and collected commercially. It is available nowhere else in the world and I am honoured to present it to my customers.
In the past, the resin of C. confusa was lumped together with that of Frankincense neglecta. Visually, they are quite similar. However, differentiating between these two disparate species not only brings us a unique and distinguished aromatic product, it gives the Samburu women a broader income base and a little more trading power to supplement their incomes.
The resin is sustainably harvested by groups of Samburu women in northern Kenya and distilled in small batches by an artisan distiller who has spent decades identifying and collecting the Frankincense and Myrrh species of East Africa.
This is a pure essential oil. Nothing has been added or removed from it.
For more information about Commiphora Confusa, please see my post-here-https://apothecarysgarden.com/2017/06/15/commiphora-confusa-the-myrrh-that-is-a-frankincense/