As one of the three gifts presented to baby Jesus by the Wise Men, frankincense is often associated with Christmas, but did you know this ancient oil has a host of health and beauty benefits too?

What is frankincense?

Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is serived from the resin of the Boswellia Carterii tree, which grows in the dry areas of North Africa and India, Oman, Yemen, and western Africa.


The aromatic liquid is also known as the ‘king of essential oils’ has a warm, woody scent that is said to be calming. It can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin or even taken in supplement form.

As with any pure essential oil, frankincense oil should always be diluted with a carrier oil before being applied to the skin or you could sit back in the tub and breathe in the fragrance of a frankincense bath oil.

Frankincense for anti-ageing

A bottle of frankincense essential oil with frankincense resin on a white background

Golden frankincense oil can also have a soothing effect on your skin and is known for its toning and rejuvenating properties, which is why it’s found in many night creams and anti-ageing serums. Simply smooth a few drops over your face as the last step in your evening routine.

Frankincense essential oil

Bestseller No. 1
Nikura | Indian Frankincense (Serrata) Essential Oil - 10ml - 100% Pure
  • 100% Pure Indian Frankincense Essential Oil. Scientific Name: Boswellia Serrata
  • This species of Frankincense (there are 3 main - Carterii, Serrata and Frereana) is thought to be the Frankincense referred to in the bible. It is prized for its therapeutic properties
  • The high a-thujene contents of Indian Frankincense variety means the oil smells quite similar to Tea Tree - not to be mixed up with the sweeter Carterii
Bestseller No. 2
Mystic Moments | Frankincense Essential Oil - 100ml - 100% Pure
  • Frankincense Essential Oil - 100ml - 100% Pure
  • Botanical Name: Boswellia Serrata
  • Colour: Pale Yellow
SaleBestseller No. 3
Frankincense Oil, Cosmos Certified Organic, 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade for Aromatherapy,...
  • 🌱 Organic Frankincense Essential Oil: Is originated in India and extracted from the resin of the Boswellia tree that is a dark yellow sticky liquid, flow from the trunk of the tree. The resin is...
  • ✅ This product is Soil Association certified and free from any harsh chemicals, additives and preservatives that are destructive to our beautiful planet & us. It has been manufactured under the...
  • 💧 Boswellia Serrata: Essential oil derived from this plant are extensively used around the globe for their therapeutic and cosmetic uses. Uses of this plant in Indian ayurvedic medicine and...
SaleBestseller No. 4
Tisserand Aromatherapy - Frankincense Essential Oil, 9 ml
  • Wild crafted Frankincense pure essential oil 9 ml - 100 Percent Boswellia carterii
  • Warm and oriental aroma, becoming sweeter as it evaporates to lift the mood, easing troubles and bringing inner peace and calm - blends well with Bergamot, Black Pepper and Sandalwood
  • In facial treatments it rejuvenates and restores dry, tired or mature skins, improves the appearance of fine lines and stimulates the circulation to give a ‘peachy’ complexion
SaleBestseller No. 5
Absolute Aromas Frankincense Essential Oil 5ml - Pure, Natural, Undiluted, Cruelty Free and Vegan...
  • 100% PURE - Natural and premium quality essential oil. Vegan, GMO-free, cruelty-free, sustainably sourced from Somalia. Latin name: Boswellia Carterii (Olibanum).
  • AROMATHERAPY - Distilled from resin of the Boswellia tree, Frankincense essential oil has a spicy, woody, light lemony aroma.
  • BODY & MIND - Frankincense is considered one of the most spiritual essential oils and is great for meditation. In skincare, frankincense can help relieve dry skin and help reduce the appearance of...

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Combining both the skin-boosting and aromatherapy benefits of frankincense, moisturising balms and hand creams can nourish dry patches and bring a waft of the woody fragrance to calm a frazzled mind.

Best frankincense skincare products

Here’s our pick of the best frankincense-infused products for the festive season and beyond…

Made for Life Organics Mindful Moments Focus & Clarity, £10

Made for Life Organics Mindful Moments Focus & Clarity
(Made for Life Organics/PA)

Yogandha Ground Roll-On Oil, £18.99

Yogandha roll on oil

ESPA Soothing Bath Oil, £30

ESPA Soothing Bath Oil,

Scientia Dusk Elixir, £32

Scientia Dusk Elixir

Bloom and Blossom Pyjamarama Dry Body Oil, £20

Bloom and Blossom Pyjamarama Dry Body Oil,
(Bloom and Blossom/PA)

Green People One Balm, £20

Green People One Balm
(Green People/PA)

Kiss The Moon Love Night Cream for Hands, £28

Kiss The Moon Love Night Cream for Hands
(Kiss The Moon/PA)

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Best-selling Frankincence skin creams

Need more inspiration? Check out our list of best selling Frankincense face cream.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Bestseller No. 2
Unisantis Frankincense Body Cream | Intense Hydration for Dry, Cracked & Scaly Skin | Also Suitable...
  • HYDRATION: A powerhouse of hydration for dry, scaly, or irritated skin nourishing and protecting your skin all day. Its gentle formula makes it suitable for the most sensitive skin and anyone...
  • FRANKINCENSE: Used traditionally to heal wounds, it’s harnessed for its power for stimulating new cell growth and for supporting your skin’s natural barrier whilst leaving you with a rich, woody,...
  • NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Packed with skin-friendly ingredients such as Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil and Vitamin E tor deeply moisturise and soothe your skin, leaving it soft and...
Bestseller No. 3
Frankincense & Rose Cream- Paraben, SLS & SLES Free- Cruelty Free- Refill- 50g
  • Frankincense & Rose Cream 50g- Wonderfully Restorative
  • Paraben, SLS & SLES Free- Cruelty Free
  • Containing the therapeutic benefits of frankincense essential oil (rejuvenating, skin tonic) and rose geranium essential oil
SaleBestseller No. 4
Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Nourishing Cream, 50 g
  • For all skin types
  • Instantly hydrates and rejuvenates occasionally dry skin
  • Clinically proven to moisturise for up to 24 hours
SaleBestseller No. 5
Unisantis Frankincense Classic Cream 50 ml - multi-purpose moisturiser for very dry, itchy &...
  • SUITABLE FOR: Dry and cracked skin, rashes, chafing, irritation, scratches and also skin prone to eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis
  • FRANKINCENSE: is a traditional medicinal plant and a proven skincare ingredient for inflammatory skin conditions. It improves the texture of rough skin and increases skin elasticity. It supports the...
  • PROVEN EFFECTS: A dermatological observational study conducted by skin experts and doctors showed a significant reduction of skin redness, dryness and flakes after four weeks of use for people with...

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