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Styrax Benzoin Absolute

Benzoin Absolute

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).

Styrax Benzoin

For aromatherapy, the hard resinous material is solvent extracted to create a thick, sticky absolute. Because it can be quite thick, some suppliers may package it in a jar instead of bottle. For tips, see Working With and Blending Thick Aromatic Oils.

Emotionally, Styrax Benzoin Absolute is calming and grounding. In Chakra work, it is a recommended oil for use with the Root Chaka.

Stryax Benzoin blend well with other resinous oils like Frankincense or Myrrh. It also blends well with wood oils like Sandalwood and Cedarwood. It marries well with a hint of Vetiver and/or Patchouli. With its vanilla-like character, Styrax Benzoin has a special affinity for use with citrus essential oils. I especially like it with characteristically "orange" oils that include Sweet Orange, Mandarin, Tangerine and Bergamot. It likely smells divine blended with Yuzu Essential Oil.

Benzoin Absolute

I traditionally diffuse Benzoin using my candle diffuser. Because it is so thick, it should not be used in nebulizing diffusers or any style diffusing apparatus that doesn't work well with thick oils.

Styrax Benzoin may cause sensitization. Topically, use it with extreme care and in low dilutions. See below for additional information about Styrax Benzoin Resin.

Botanical Name

Styrax benzoin / Styrax tonkinensis

Common Method of Extraction

Solvent Extracted
What is an Absolute?

Plant Part Typically Used

Resin

Color

Golden Brown

Consistency

Thick Viscosity. Can be tricky to work with. For tips, see Working With and Blending Thick Aromatic Oils.

Perfumery Note

Base

Strength of Initial Aroma

Light-Medium

Aromatic Description

Rich, warm, slightly woody, creamy, vanilla.

Styrax Benzoin Resin Uses

Arthritis, bronchitis, chapped skin, coughing, laryngitis, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]

Major Constituents for Benzoin from Sumatra

Benzyl benzoate
Benzyl alcohol
(Z)-Cinnamyl (E)-Cinnamate
Cinnamic acid
Ethyl cinnamate
Benzoic acid

[D.A. Moyler, The Flavour Gum Resins, Their Chemistry and Uses. (Rivista Italiana EPPOS (Numero Speciale), 1998), 351-360. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 210.]

Major Constituents for Benzoin from Siam

Benzyl Benzoate
Benzyl Alcohol
Benzoic Acid
Ethyl Cinnamate

[D.A. Moyler, The Flavour Gum Resins, Their Chemistry and Uses. (Rivista Italiana EPPOS (Numero Speciale), 1998), 351-360. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 210.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young indicate that there is generally a low risk of sensitization. They recommend a dermal maximum of 2% and advise to use with caution with skin that is hypersensitive or damaged/diseased. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 210.]

Styrax Benzoin Resin may cause possible skin sensitivity and contact dermatitis. [Leung, A.Y. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients, 64 as cited in Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 222.]

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