Benzoin, Crystalline Resin
Pure Benzoin crystalline resin, also called Gum Benjamin
Styrax tonkinensis or Styrax benzoin
Sweet, rich, balsamic, vanilla-like
Extraction method / Source
Botanical family: Styracaceae
Regions of Production
Plants indigenous to the area grow in the wild, away from chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Trees are wounded, 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. This Benzoin is solid crystals, similar to rock candy. It can be dissolved in oil or alcohol, or burned with punk as incense.
Non-toxic, non-irritating. Mild risk for skin sensitization.
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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).