Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Profile: Frankincense

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Frankincense was considered more precious than gold in ancient times. It was used in incense, insect repellant, perfumes, and salves for wounds and sores (it was even used to make kohl eyeliner). Frankincense is derived from the gummy sap of the Boswellia tree. Once hardened, the resin can be steamed to yield the essential oil. Frankincense essential oil is still highly prized in aromatherapy today. The spicy scent is thought to act as an antidepressent, to slow breathing, and to ease muscular and arthritic pain.

In addition, frankincense has numerous beauty benefits. It has a balancing effect on oily skin, a rejuvenating effect on mature skin, and even heals scars and fights inflammation. It's no wonder that this ancient remedy is still used in skincare today. Here are a few of my frankincense-containing favorites:

Lina Hanson Global Face Serum - This is the blend that is responsible for my full-blown oil obsession. The texture is fantastic, but it's really the scent that elevates this oil above most blends. It's spicy and exotic and truly embodies the "global" namesake.

May Lindstrom The Problem Solver - I have gone on and on about this mask's magic skin-clearing powers (truly life changing). BUT what I haven't mentioned is how long it lasts. I am still using the same jar that I purchased seven months ago. So if you are hesitating because of the price, don't. It's entirely worth it.

Olie Biologique 004 Hydrating Oil - This is argan oil at its finest. It absorbs quickly and cleanly, but deeply moisturizes (there is nothing I hate more than waking up with dry skin). And the scent, oh the scent. It's GORGEOUS!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Megan, great profile! I just picked up the Problem Solver and completely agree with you. Another great product I'm in love with (and that uses an oil from the same family as frankincense)is rahua's conditioner - worth trying out if you haven't already!