Botanical Name: Styrax benzoin
Plant Part: Resin
Extraction Method: Solvent (food grade) extraction
Description: The Benzoin tree is from Java, Sumatra and Thailand that grows to 8 meters (20 feet). Deep incisions are made in the trunk of the tree from which the grayish color sap exudes. When the resinous lump becomes hard and brittle, it is collected from the bark.
Colour: Golden brown
Consistency: Thick and Viscous
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Benzoin essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Coriander, Frankincense, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose and Sandalwood.
Aromatic Scent: Benzoin oil has a sweet, warm and vanilla-like aroma.
History: Benzoin, also known as gum Benjamin, is one of the classic ingredients of incense. In ancient civilizations it was used in fumigation. Benzoin is an ingredient of 'Friar's balsam', an aid to respiratory problems.
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