Frankincense has been traded on the Arabian Peninsula for more than 5000 years. A mural depicting sacks of frankincense traded from the Land of Punt adorns the walls of the temple of ancient Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut, who died circa 1458 BC.

Frankincense was one of the consecrated incenses (Ha-Ketoret) described in the Hebrew Bible and Talmud used in Ketoret ceremonies, an important component of the services in the Temple in Jerusalem. 

Frankincense was reintroduced to Europe by Frankish Crusaders, although its name refers to its quality, not to the Franks themselves. Although it is better known as "frankincense" to westerners, the resin is also known as olibanum, or in Arabic, al-lubān (roughly translated: "that which results from milking"), a reference to the milky sap tapped from the Boswellia tree.


Rejuvenating Frankincense

Within the concentrates, creams and cleansers you'll find a blend of organic plant extracts that purifies, smoothes, plumps and tones to reveal younger looking skin that's beautifully soft and supple.

Frankincense has been valued for thousands of years for its rejuvenating and skin toning qualities. Today, in aromatherapy, the essential oil is used to promote a sense of relaxation. We source our frankincense oil from families who have tended the same frankincense trees for generations. After they tap the trees and hand harvest the resin, it’s taken to be expertly steam distilled.


We're proud to use the finest, certified organic frankincense in our latest innovation, Frankincense Intense Lift. Join us on a journey to discover this precious ingredient, sustainably sourced from Oman.



This therapeutic Boswellia sacra (frankincense) resin oil has a deeply relaxing aroma and is 100% organic. Today, in aromatherapy, this sweet and woody aromatic oil is often used to promote a state of relaxation, helping to encourage slower and deeper breathing when inhaled. Fresh and uplifting, it’s ideal to use during meditation and mindfulness practices to enhance your wellbeing.  

  • Key benefit: Relaxing
  • Latin name: Boswellia sacra
  • Country of origin: Oman
  • Blends beautifully with: lemon, chamomile roman and grapefruit
  • Distilled from the resin

Sustainably sourced:
In the heart of Oman, the calming aroma of burning frankincense has been treasured for centuries. Oman is home to the finest frankincense, Boswellia sacra. Because these sacred trees need protecting, we use only the finest, most sustainable sourced frankincense, expertly harvested using traditional techniques. The precious resin is sorted and then distilled to extract the essential oil, rich in fragrance and therapeutic properties.


Bath & Shower

The essential oil is inhaled through the aromatic steam, as well as being absorbed by the skin. For adults, add up to 5 drops in 2 tbsp bath oil, shower gel, or carrier oil. For children over 2 years old or adults with sensitive skin, reduce the amount to up to 2 drops per 2 tbsp. Not suitable for children under two years old.


This technique helps to clear your head and nose. For adults, add 4–6 drops to a bowl of steaming water, place a towel over your head and breathe. Children over 2 years old, adults with sensitive skin and asthmatics should not inhale directly. Instead, place the bowl of hot water with added oils in the room nearby.  Not suitable for children under two years old.


Relaxes your body and mind while helping to soothe aching muscles. For adults, use up to 15 drops in 2 tbsp of base oil. For children over 2 years old or adults with sensitive skin, use up to 6 drops in 2 tbsp of base oil.  Not suitable for children under two years old.

Diffusers & Burners

A natural air freshener, this technique creates a relaxing ambience and mood. For adults, add 1–3 drops in a diffuser or burner. For children over 2 years old, add 1–3 drops in a diffuser.  Not suitable for children under two years old.

Do not use undiluted on the skin. For external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. Keep out of the reach of children. Flammable. Use within 12 months of opening.

"In ancient times the charcoaled remains of the smouldered resin was powdered and mixed with waxes, oils and other substances to create Kajal (Khol) - the black eye-liner, which can be observed in every depiction of ancient Egyptian divinities and is still available as a beauty product today - though most brands no longer contain Frankincense. In ancient times this eyeliner was not just used for cosmetic purposes though - it was also believed to have protective properties and improve vision." Sourse - SacredEart .com

Documentary on the Frankincense Trail- Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia Presented by: Kate Humble Produced by: Diverse Bristol -a Zodiak Entertainment Company- for BBC

Scampston Hall Bridal Shoot North Yorkshire

Natural Cruelty-Free Bridal makeup - from a recent editorial shoot at the stunning Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire. Toned down natural makeup using organic skincare from Neal's Yard Organics, Charlotte Tilbury and Illamasqua. Soft taupe smokey eyes, peach lips and cheeks using the iconic bitch perfect lipstick with Illamaquas naked rose blush. 

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Wreath Making Workshop

We are so over the moon with the success of our festive wreath making workshops .  We are loving our new space at The Shepherds Purse.

The Monday after Goth Weekend we set straight to work clearing the space in the courtyard, we have been very busy sanding , waxing and painting. We have a wonderful large banquet table and lots of natural light in the workshop. We used salvaged windows, doors and scaffolding boards, the rustic reclaimed finish sits perfectly in our courtyard.

The Shepherds Purse guest house was a group of old Jet workshops so we feel we are bringing some of the old charm and character back to the old building.  For updates on our workshop please follow us on Facebook. 


The Dove Loft

Our romantic hideaway for two nestled in the heart of the old Town


The Dove Loft is our first Boutique Suite , Set in a light and airy Attic space with Luxurious Linens, open plan bathroom, contemporary slipper bath, large Moroccan bed with a hint of eastern promise. Roof top views, situated in the heart of the old town in a galleried courtyard garden - close to the shops and restaurants.

Sleeps 2 comfortably with ample space to relax and a great base to explore the ancient sea port of Whitby

£130 Per Night

with a minimum of two nights stay

Complimentary petals on the bed and cruelty free Organic toiletries

For more information please feel free to contact us

email for details or ring 01947 820228

We only take direct bookings for the Dove Loft as we do not use an agent at this time.


Stunning photography by Ceri Oakes

Cruelty-free bridal kit

Sneak peak inside our professional makeup artist kit. Brands we use - Illamaqua , Urban Decay , Sara Hill , Makeup Geek , Neal's Yard Remedies, Korres , The Body Shop , GOSH cosmetics, LUSH cosmetics, Nars & Charlotte Tilbury. We have a selection of vegan products and try to keep up to date , watching and researching the best cruelty free and vegan brandss. All our products are high quality and without the need to harm any animals. We do not use brands that sell to China . As we don't agree on the Chinese cosmetics system that test on all products that are sold in their country. We have boycotted many brands that we love .. we feel in this day of age , we can not support companies that test on animals. 


Antique Peach hydrangea & Ivory Rose Crown

We first met Heidi when she travelled over the flowering North Yorkshire Moors for a little shopping trip in Whitby. She visited our shop then' 95 Church Street and fell in love with our Lantern display, which was brimming with our velvet and organza flower crowns at the time. She asked us if we could make her a bespoke bridal crown for her Wedding.

She chose Vintage Peach and Ivory in a full halo with pale sage leaves. We were over the moon and so pleased that she had chosen such a beautiful colour scheme. Which complimented her hair beautifully. We added tiny vintage millinery flowers and knew it was a truly special piece.

 We really loved working with her and when we saw her Wedding Photos we were just blown away. She looked stunning,  and her crown really sad perfectly with her wild bouquet of Eucalyptus, pale peach spray roses and large soft blooms. She later sent us a beautiful card and framed picture to say thank you .

This is one of those weddings that will continue to inspire us and hold fond memories .  

All images by the talented Kat Mervyn  

"I love photographs that show spirit, and connection."

Wreath Making Workshop

The Old Workshops

To get you into the mood for Christmas we are offering a Wreath Making Workshop with the lovely Shepherds Purse Girls. We will be using the traditional method of moss and wire, offering decorations from a gorgeous array of interesting foliage, seed heads, fresh fruit, berries, dried flowers, fresh flowers and a lot of Eucalyptus !

We have some stunning ribbons and trims for you to purchase to add extra beauty to your Wreath.

The Workshop will take place in our courtyard garden around a large banquet table, all materials are supplied by us, We will stop for delicious hot soup in Sanders Yard with Mulled wine and Fire pit for warmth. 

Luxury Handmade Fresh Flower Crowns

All our bespoke flower crowns and hair accessories are hand made in our courtyard at Shepherd's Purse.  Custom designed for brides and any other special occasion, we have a beautiful selection of flowers and a wide rage of vintage style beaded trims and ribbons. 

Beautiful hand crafted Fresh Floral Flower Crown made to last the day. We work together to find the best options to suit your wedding theme and colour scheme. Your fresh Flower crowns are made up on the eve / morning of your wedding and hand delivered to the local area. Flowers are delicate and our Flower Crowns are made on the day to assure quality and freshness. Therefore we do not post this item out but can make beautiful Flower Crowns from our popular silk and velvet flowers. Feel free to email us with a custom order.