Premium Benzoin essential oil, also called Siam Benzoin (Older terms include Gum Benjamin and Benjoin)
Sweet, rich, balsamic, vanilla-like
Extraction method / Source
Solvent extraction / Resin
Botanical family: Styracaceae
The Styrax tree grows 15 - 90 feet in height, with green leaves and pendulous white flowers which develop into oblong fruits. Due to its rapid growth, Styrax tonkinensis
Regions of Production
Trees indigenous to the area grow in the wild, away from chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Trees are not cut down, but the trunks are pierced, allowing resin to exude.
History / Fun Facts
Traditionally it was widely used in cosmetics and medicinally in antibacterial tinctures and balms. The antibiotic activity of benzoin resin seems mostly due to abundant benzoic acid and benzoic acid esters. Due to its rapid growth, Styrax tonkinensis is commercially grown in some areas for fuel and pulpwood.
Uses / Benefits
Widely used in natural perfume and incense making. Tincture of benzoin (benzoin dissolved in alcohol) is used in first aid for small injuries. It is used as a disinfectant, mild local anesthetic and is said to promote healing.
Benzoin essential oil is a viscous liquid. Open cap slightly and gently heat bottle in a shallow warm water bath if necessary before use.
Blends well with
Bergamot, Black Pepper, Copaiba, Coriander, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood
Non-toxic, non-irritating. Mild risk for skin sensitization. Do not use for young children.
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International Fragrance Research Association, http://www.ifraorg.org/en-us/standards (January 5, 2016).
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Tisserand, Robert and Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd edition, 2014. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, New York, NY.
United States Food and Drug Administration, HHS, 182.1 Substances That Are Generally Recognized as Safe, 182.20 Essential oils, Oleoresins (solvent-free), and natural extractives (including distillates), http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/CFR-2012-title21-vol3-sec182 (January 28, 2016).