Crude benzoin is collected from the trees directly. Benzoin resinoid, or 'resin absolute', is prepared from the crude using solvents, for example benzene and alcohol, which are then removed. Commercial benzoin is usually sold dissolved in ethyl glycol or a similar solvent. Benzoin resinoid is produced from either the Siam or Sumatra types, or a mix of the two. It is an orange-brown viscous mass with an intensley rich sweet-balsamic odour. It blends well with sandalwood, rose, jasmine, copaiba balsam, frankincense, myrrh, cypress, juniper, lemon, coriander and other spice oils.
A large tropical tree up to 20m (65 ft) high with pale green citrus-like leaves, whitish underneath, bearing hard-shelled flattish fruit.
Burn benzoin to purify, and add to purification incenses. Make an incense of benzoin, cinnamon and basil, and burn to aract customers to your place of business.
- Gender: masculine
- Planet: Sun
- Element: Air
Also known as styrax, our bezoin resin is a 50% solution so it will remain pourable at room tempature(even then it is thick!). Used for thousands of years as a medicine and incense, the fumigations were believed to drive away evil spirits. Used in China for its heating and drying qualities. Exterally used for irritable skin conditions - also for respiratory complaints and internally as a carminative for indigestion, etc. Benzoin is also a preservative for fats.
1/3 oz roll-on
2 oz room spray
1/6 dram sample