Styrax Benzoin Absolute
Botanical binomial: Styrax benzoin
Other names: Sumatra benzoin, Benzoin, gum benzoin
Part of plant used in production: Resin
Methods of production: Solvent extraction- ethyl alcohol
|Description:||Benzoin resin comes from the Styrax benzoin tree, as a thick sap. The resinoid is then produced by solvent extraction.|
|Characteristics:||It is dark amber-coloured, with sweet balsamic vanilla-like odour. It's used as a fixative in fine perfumery, colognes, etc.|
It has calming effects on the nervous system and warming effect on circulation problems.
|Constituents:||Benzyl benzoate, Benzoic acid, cinnamic acid|
|Uses:||A sedative for anxiety, depression, and nervous tension. Primarily used in incense making and as a fixative in perfumery.|
|Blends well with:||Neroli, vanilla, lavender, cedarwood atlas, peru balsam, ylang ylang, orange, sandalwood.|
|Interesting Facts: :|| Styrax Benzoin possesses a sweet, warming, rich, vanilla-like aroma with resinous undertones. It is derived from the resin of the Styrax Benzoin tree. I've also heard reference to this tree being called the Gum Benjamin Gum. Styrax Benzoin Resin has traditionally been used in incense applications. The resin normally is available in chunks or can be powderized just prior to use (the powder will re-harden if left too long).
For aromatherapy, the hard resinous material is solvent extracted to create a thick, sticky absolute. Emotionally, Styrax Benzoin Absolute is calming and grounding.
|Safety:||Benzoin can cause skin sensitisation in some people. Do not apply directly to skin by itself.|