Scientific Name: Styrax benzoin
Country of Origin: Sumatra
Synonyms: Gum bezoin, gum benjamin, styrax benzoin
Plant Family: Styraceac
Plant Parts Used: Tree/Gum from trunk
Extraction Method: Solvent
Physical Characteristics: Benzoin resinoid is produced from both Siam and Sumatra types, It is an orange-brown viscous mass with an intensely rich sweet-balsamic vanilla like scent.
Dominant Note(s): Base
Aroma: Sweet like vanilla
- 1. Sumatra Benzoin: mainly coniferyl cinnamate and sumaresinolic acid, with benzoic acid, cinnamic acid and traces of styrene, vanillin and benzaldehyde.
- 2. Siam benzoin; mainly coniferayl benzoate (65-75%) with benzoic acid, vanillin, siaresinolic acid and cinnamyl benzoate.
Blends With: Bergamot, Coriander, Cypress, Frankincense, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood.
Safety Precautions: Non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitization. Compound benzoin tincture is 'regarded as moderately toxic due to occasional contact dermatitis in sensitive individuals.