Northern Kenya is a vast area of harsh semi-desert, populated by nomadic pastoralists. This wild area is the habitat of the spiny myrrh and frankincense trees which exude aromatic resins. Several thousand hectares have been certified organic to ensure sustainable harvesting. This has given the pastoralists an alternative source of income and with it a desire to protect this valuable natural resource.

Many of the nomadic people have a long tradition of perfumery mixing resins with other aromatic woods to make incense. The resins ooze naturally from the bark of the trees, from cracks or insect activity.