Frankincense Frereana - Organic EO

Boswellia frereana Birdw.


Frankincense Frereana, known as Frankincense 'Maydi', the King of Frankincense, grows at higher elevations than its sister species, Boswellia carterii. Our hydrodistilled Frankincense Frereana from Somalia has a very fresh, diffusive, clear, pine-like aroma without any harsh notes, an intense, deep


Selected size SKU:351-016 - Frankincense Frereana - Organic 15 ml (1/2 oz) (w/ orifice reducer)

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5 ml (1/6 oz)
15 ml (1/2 oz)
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59.14 ml (2 oz)
118.29 ml (4 oz)
236.58 ml (8 oz)
473.17 ml (16 oz)
1 kg (2 1/5 lb)
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Product Overview

Frankincense Frereana, known as Frankincense 'Maydi', the King of Frankincense, grows at higher elevations than its sister species, Boswellia carterii. Our hydrodistilled Frankincense Frereana from Somalia has a very fresh, diffusive, clear, pine-like aroma without any harsh notes, an intense, deep woody/resinous undertone, and a slight citrus/coniferous top note. 

The owners of the company who supply our organic Frankincense Frereana are firmly committed to a mission of sustainable business practices for their harvesting co-op by achieving organic certification and by following fair trade and living wage principles. They also reinvest revenue back into the harvesting community to improve access to drinking water, education, and healthcare. This organic Frereana is a superior Frankincense oil we truly feel good about – both aromatically and philosophically.

Frankincense, along with other prized aromatics, spices, precious stones, rare woods, feathers, animal skins and gold was transported by caravans on the Incense Route and enjoyed a flourishing trade from Yemen and Oman in the Arabian Peninsula to the Mediterranean for nearly 500 years.[1] Egyptians used Frankincense extensively, and the pharaohs believed that burning it allowed them to commune with the gods. Its Arabic name, Olibanum, is derived from al Luban, which means milk, a reference to the milky sap that exudes from the wound in a tree after an incision is made in the bark. This sap serves a purpose for the tree as it seals the incision from the elements; this exudate forms resinified 'tears' from which Frankincense oils are extracted.[2]

Once a rare and precious commodity used for millennia by many religious, shamanistic and secular cultures, Frankincense oil, like Myrrh, offers many different beneficial possibilities. It is especially valued for use in skincare preparations (with Patchouli or Neroli), in diffusers (with Lemon or Pine), for massage (with Palmarosa or Lavender),[3] and in meditation blends (with Sandalwood or Orange). Frankincense is legendary in its traditional and sacred uses and its ability to calm and elevate the spirit. [4, 5]

Each Frankincense oil that we offer is of exceptional quality, possessing unique features and characteristics distinct from one another. From a traditional view, one might choose one of our hydrodistilled Frankincense essential oils, particularly for aromatherapy purposes. However, both of our Frankincense CO2 oils offer the natural botanical perfumer a more complete aromatic profile with higher, brighter top notes and deeper, more complex bottom notes than the distilled Frankincense oils.

1 "Incense Route  Desert Cities in the Negev," UNESCO, World Heritage List,


3 Rhind, Jennifer Peace. Essential Oils  A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, 2012, p. 153.

4 Hoffman, David. The New Holistic Herbal, 1991, p. 14.

5 Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, 1996, pp.74-75, 138.

6 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, pp. 466-7.

7 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 288.

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8 Reviews


Customer Reviews

good frankincense.


This is like normal frankincense but with less citrus and more top notes. This is a pretty sharp and thin frankincense.

Review by blake 4/6/2024

Frankincense Frereana: High Elevation Leads to Great Depth


Aromatically speaking, Frereana is my go-to frankincense. I find it to have excellent tenacity and the strongest heart and base note of all varietals. It ages wonderfully. I would go so far as to say I'd be very interested in a CO2 extraction of this.

Review by Fred 8/30/2022



I actually hadn't heard of Frankincense Frereana until I discovered Eden Botanicals! I ordered a sample of it with my larger size of Frankincense Oman/Sacra because it was the only varietal of Boswellia besides Sacra that I hadn't experienced. The two of them are my favorite aromatically. Sacra is to me the brightest/most citrusy of the Boswellias. I find Carterii and Serrata to be nice but have more of a spicy/savory backdrop. Frereana has the brightness of Sacra but with more staying power seemingly due to this lovely, distinctive "musty" quality to it. I will continue to use the CO2 extract for it's topical/therapeutic applications but I'm sure I will be adding Frereana on top for it's aroma! LOVELY... Thanks to the folks at Eden for offering this underrated Frankincense!

Review by Fredo Biggins 11/23/2020

Quite nice...


This is a beautiful Frankincense, softer and without sharp edges. Blends amazingly with a touch of oakmoss and cedar. Eden's olfactory notes are spot on as is the diffusivity, so much so in fact that it is not particularly long lived, but it is super nice product. Will buy again in larger amounts.

Review by I.D.Adam 1/10/2015

Truly amazing...


As far as frankincense goes, THIS is the holy grail in my opinion. I can't say enough wonderful things about it. When I first sampled it, I could not believe how mellow and rich it is - all the wonderful attributes of frankincense minus the sharpness typically found in others. I truly believe if you love frankincense, you'll be blown away by this one. I know I was. It blends wonderfully with a gorgeous organic Namibian myrrh I have, but I'm back to order more because I primarily use it along with several other essential oils in a facial serum that my customers can't get enough of. Thanks, Eden Botanicals!

Review by Tina 10/17/2014

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