We work with four communities in Burkina Faso, who we have helped to organize cooperatives. This structure gives them more power to collectively negotiate a fair price for their frankincense, thereby providing a shield against exploitation by unscrupulous traders. It also helps coordinate harvesting practices, so everyone in the cooperative knows the right way to sustainably harvest the resin without hurting the trees.
Our frankincense comes from Burkina Faso, where we have partnered with local ecologists, foresters, and academics to conduct multi-year studies of the status, regeneration, and sustainable harvesting of Boswellia trees. By supporting sustainable harvesting, we are already helping four communities transition away from large-scale bark stripping.
...With Complex Citrus Top Notes
Boswellia dalzielii is one of the rarer frankincense species, just now making its entry to the global market. The tree grows across West Africa, primarily in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Mali. Unlike most frankincense species, the resin is rarely harvested; much more commonly, the bark is stripped from the trees to make tinctures and medicinal teas. This kind of harvest is extremely damaging to the trees, so switching from a bark harvest to a resin harvest is a huge sustainability win. In other words, increasing trade in this species’ frankincense is actually helping to protect the trees!
Essential Oil Composition
Light, bright and fresh, piney with complex citrus top notes
One of our cooperatives is composed primarily of women, who, before collecting frankincense, were employed to break rocks all day for construction companies, for less than a dollar a day. Today, we are providing a guaranteed buyer for the frankincense they collect, and have committed to ensuring that collecting resin will significantly increase their income.