Botanical Name: Styrax benzoin
Benzoic Acid: 10 – 12%
Cinnamic Acid: 4 – 7%
Benzyl Cinamate: 2 – 4%
Methyl Cinamate: 10 – 17%
Cinnamyl Cinnamate: 8 – 14%
Plant Part: Resin
Processing Method: Solvent Extraction with benzyl benzoate
Description / Color / Consistency: This resin is a thick brown, viscous liquid.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: Benzoin oil has a sweet, warm and vanilla-like aroma that is used as a base note with a medium aroma.
Blends With: Cardamom, Frankincense, Myrrh, Myrtle, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain and Sandalwood.
Product Abstract: The Benzoin tree originates in Java, Sumatra and Thailand where it can grow up to 8 meters (20 feet). Deep incisions are made in the trunk of the tree from which the grayish-colored sap exudes. When the resinous lump becomes hard and brittle, it is collected from the bark. It is then cleaned and processed by solvent extraction to produce the thick, resinous oil. Also known as Gum Benjamin, Benzoin is one of the classic ingredients of incense, and it has been widely used in perfumery. We recommend placing the bottle in a very hot water bath, changing the water frequently and once it is back to the liquid state, gently agitate before use.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Bridget Woolley (verified owner) –
I have never heard of Benzoin essential oil before but decided to give it a try. I love this oil. It is definitely one of my new favourites! It is a very unique smelling oil and to me, smells sweet like vanilla but with a hint of bark/tree to it.
The only downside was that with the 2 tinctures I purchased, this essential oil is so thick that it wasn’t coming out of the dropper like other essential oils would. I would have to take the lid off and clear out the dropper part and try to thin out the oil as it was incredibly thick. I used it in candles which worked great but it clogged up my diffuser! It was easy to fix because I just took a q-tip and cleaned it out. Overall, I would recommend this oil.
C&C Candle Company –
Thanks for the review and insight Bridget, we love the description of vanilla bark! ~ Happy Candle Making!