While Myrhh is often a bitter, thick and dark essential oil with a scent that somehow conveys its potent bitterness, Sweet Myrrh, or Opoponax essential oil is clear and light with sharp sweet fragrance.
An Uplifting scent, Opoponax, or “Sweet Myrrh”, essential oil is indeed sweet, but also sharp and crisp with a woody, balsam-like scent, a robust body and an uplifting zest.
Opoponax blends well with scents from the Citrus family such as Neroli, Petitgrain, Orange and Tangerine. It is complemented by spice oils like Nutmeg, cloves, pepper white, black and green and lends a nice sharpness to “sweet” oils like Ylang Ylang. It even lifts base resinous oils like labdanum and Benzoin, and adds a special twist to Spruce, Pine and Fir oils. Sounds like a hard working oil!. As you can tell, in my opinion, there are not many scents Opoponax does not play well with or compliment.
Medicinally Opoponax essential oil is useful for oily skin and works well alongside Pettigrain or Rosemary essential oils when it comes to stimulating blood flow in the scalp, dealing with oily hair, acne, and oily skin. Always use diluted.
This particular batch of Opoponax is harvested locally in Ethiopia and distilled in small batches in Addis Ababa Ethiopia by Artisan distillers.
Opoponax essential oil easily proves that many oleoresin distilled oils develop and mature with age. After as little as a year of sitting in a 10 Ml. bottle, my Opoponax blossomed with rich, deep balsamic notes and a smooth softness not present in the freshly distilled oil.