AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A word to the wise men: The world may have plenty of gold and myrrh, but it could run short of frankincense.
Trees in the Horn of Africa provide most of the world’s supply of the prized incense that was carried to the infant Jesus by the wise men from the East, in the New Testament’s Nativity story. But researchers say the trees are failing to reproduce because they are overexploited for the sap that yields the Christmas staple.
This is terrible ( I love CDG avignon myself). If the worst case scenario happens though, we'll just have to satisfy ourselves with synthetic substitutes (which most Frankincense notes in parfume already are anyways).