Gold. Frankincense. Myrrh. At Christmas, by law, every child receives these three gifts from the old man on cans of Coke. Perhaps he's a missing child with that Benjamin Button thing.
We all know what gold is. I'm not gonna even think about myrrh until later in the year. Sure, frankincense smells great. But it comes down to this one question: what is frankincense?
These guys just got a whiff of that royal stank.
For starters, frankincense is an ancient and revered essential oil, associated with the rejuvenation of skin and promotion of general health and immunity.
Scholars debate the meaning behind the gift of frankincense to the baby Jesus, but many argue that if you're gonna be the king of all men, you gotta smell like the king of all men. In the time that Jesus walked the Earth, frankincense was, and to many, still is, the pinnacle of perfumery, with other lesser fragrances dubbed gross, wack and downright lame.
So what's frankincense actually smell like? Back in the day, your average man and woman in the street would be lucky to ever get a lungful of kingstink. Now, thanks to this internet thing, all I have to do is go on Wikipedia and tell you:
'...characterised by a balsamic-spicy, slightly lemon, fragrance of incense, with a conifer-like undertone.'
There you have it, folks. Chilli oil, encroaching lemon, student bedrooms and being lost in the woods. It really is well-rounded.
But all joking aside, frankincense does smell amazing. It has this old-worldly scent, something that evokes the memories of the vast empires that stretched across Europe, Asia and Africa, without ever having the opportunity to experience what that was like. Frankincense isn't just a historically significant fragrance, it is history itself.
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