• 5ml black glass bottle of LVNEA's opoponax essential oil on black background. The bottle has a silver label.
  • Close up of raw reddish-brown opoponax resin


  • $18.00

Opoponax (also spelled Opopanax), Commiphora Erethraea, is a member of the same family as myrrh and is often called sweet myrrh. It is a small tree that grows in Somalia. It has been a component of incense and perfumes since Biblical times and is likely the myrrh spoken of in the Song of Solomon. In magic, it is associated with the Death card in Tarot, Scorpio, and Mars. Crowley described its scent as “an overpowering richness of the deliciously abominable."

The oil is orange, pale yellow, or olive-yellowish to dark amber-greenish liquid, with an intensely sweet, balsamic, spicy, warm, yet fresh odour, somewhat reminiscent of wine residue.

It is traditionally used in perfumery and occasionally as flavouring in liqueurs for its heavy-sweet body and wine-like notes, spiciness, and naturalness. In magic, it has been used for protection and purification.

It blends well with clary sage, coriander, labdanum, chypre fragrances, fougère fragrances, leather fragrances, bergamot, patchouli, fir needle, neroli, and mimosa.

Type: resinous
Note: base to middle
Characteristics: balsamic, spicy, fresh, warm, sweet
Subsidiary notes and nuances: floral, resinous, woody, olibanum-like, animal-like, wine dregs, bittersweet

Presented in a 5ml or 15ml black glass bottle with a euro dropper.

Essential oils, absolutes, and other pure plant extracts should not be applied to the skin without being properly diluted in a cosmetic carrier (such as jojoba oil, ethanol, Epsom salts, etc.) Always patch-test when using an essential oil or absolute for the first time, and research whether or not the extract you are using is skin-safe and in what quantity or that it is appropriate for its intended use. Do not ingest essential oils or apply them internally, and avoid contact with the eyes. Keep out of reach of children and pets, and consult a knowledgeable health practitioner before use when pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Store in a cool and dry area.