All natural Frankincense resin incense gathered from the same regions where the wisemen or magi purchased it. Our pure pearls of translucent Frankincense incense burn clean and fresh, filled with notes of vanilla, pine, and lemon.
If you are just starting to use incense in your prayer corner, church or home this incense is critical. Consider adding at least one of our Athonite style incenses as a compliment to this perfect incense. It is difficult to improve upon the incense created by God's own hand in the frankincense groves of Northern Africa and the middle east.
I have purchased samples of several incenses over the years and have settled on Legacy as my go to source. This one is in the top two currently available for me. It offers a great contrast to The Protection of the Theotokos during the live stream of the Divine Liturgy. It's presence is stronger without overwhelming your home church worship. I like to use it during the Great Entrance as it lass for awhile as we reach the climax of the Liturgy.
I’ve used over a dozen incenses from Legacy Icons, and they usually range from the good, to the very good, to the positively sublime.
Sadly, this is the first product I’ve tried that just really fell flat. I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong, or if I got a bad batch, or what might’ve happened, but the North African frankincense seems to produce a small amount of pleasant smell followed almost immediately by the distinctive scent of something burning.
I will continue to buy my incense from Legacy Icons, but my jar of North African frankincense will likely spend the rest of its days gathering dust on a shelf or will be given away.
Legacy Icons Response: After receiving a few mediocre reviews, we quality-tested the North Africa Frankincense and found that it is burning normally. The fragrance does change as the incense burns, and this is normal. (It is usually not noticed as much in church settings because of the larger space for smoke to dissipate in.)
If the incense does take on an unwanted odor over time, we would recommend removing the incense from the coal with tongs before this happens. The sweeter fragrance will linger for a long time in a household setting.
You could also try placing a scrap of foil on the coal and placing the incense on the foil to insulate the incense from direct heat and slow down the burning process. The smaller grains of Desert Gold Frankincense might also produce a better result for you.
Like another reviewer I find this frankincense to lack the pungency of fresh frankincense. Which is a shame as it is one of nature's great gifts to us.
Note from Legacy Icons: All our resin incenses are sold dried, for stable long-term storage. Incense is intended to be used with a heat source, such as charcoal, to release the fragrance. Being an organic, natural product, each tree's sap will smell different, and some will be stronger than others. We have no control over how the sap is collected.
Legacy Icons' North Africa Frankincense is the main incense used at our parish, and it is much enjoyed by our priest and parishioners.
I like to use frankincense and myrrh for "show and tell" with my students. I crush a pebble of sap with a pliers and put the crumbs in my hand so that they can smell it without risking anyone being allergic to burning it. They really enjoy it, and it helps to lock into their minds the value of the gifts. I had my own frankincense for years, and it finally just too hard and the scent was gone. This frankincense is pretty old, too. There is very little scent to it when I crush a piece with pliers. Makes me suspect that it's been around for quite a long time, and the stock needs to be refreshed.
Note from Legacy Icons: All resin incenses are sold dried, for stable long-term storage. Incense is intended to be used with a heat source, such as charcoal, to release the fragrance.
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