Frankincense essential oil has a rich, smooth and slightly citrusy scent. The relaxing aroma made it a precious oil for centuries. It is considered sacred in many cultures. It is sourced from the resin of the Boswellia carterii tree, which is found in Somalia. There are a wide variety of claims pertaining to frankincense essential oil, but it’s important to keep in mind that none of them have been proven true by the FDA. But, we do know frankincense essential oil adds a relaxing scent and historic character to products.
This Frankincense Essential Oil Body Balm is a fantastic hydrator. The combination of avocado oil, kokum butter and cera bellina wax create a balm that’s firm at room temperature but softens with body heat. Thanks to the cera bellina wax, it has a slight gel-like texture. It’s perfect for extra dry areas of the skin, including hands, feet and knees.
If you like a softer texture, decrease the amount of kokum butter. If you don’t have cera bellina wax on hand, you could slightly increase the amount of kokum butter, or use a bit of beeswax. Just keep in mind cera bellina wax gives the balm a unique gel-like texture that cannot be replicated with other ingredients. If tweaking the ingredients, you may consider making a small test batch to ensure you like the texture. The frozen spoon trick is a great way to test the balm before pouring it!