|Latin Name:||Styrax benzoin|
|Country of Origin:||Indonesia|
Benzoin (often referred to by its botanical name, Styrax Benzoin), possesses a sweet, warm, rich vanilla-like aroma. The resin of the benzoin tree has been used for centuries as an incense or perfume ingredient. It should be noted that due to its overly thick and sticky consistency, diffusion with ultrasonic diffusers (or other diffusers that are sensitive to thick oils) is not recommended. Should you choose to still use in your ultrasonic diffuser, we strongly suggest cleaning it immediately with rubbing alcohol after diffusion has completed. This will reduce the risk of your diffusing apparatus malfunctioning.
- Recommended Uses
Benzoin is known to help aid arthritic problems, bronchitis, bruises, colds and flus, and dry chapped skin. It may help reduce nervous tension while easing stress related issues.
This product has not been evaluated by the CFIA or Health Canada. This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We recommend consulting with a certified health practitioner or aromatherapist before beginning therapeutic use.
- Scent Profile
Benzoin is a base/fixative. It is balsamic in scent, can smell of powdered dry down, and is cloyingly sweet.
Blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, lemon, myrrh, orange, patchouli, vetiver and ylang ylang.
- Contraindications / Safety
Though it is generally non-toxic and non-irritating in low doses, Benzoin is a known powerful sensitizer and should be used topically with caution, in incredibly low dosages (0.5% or less). Sensitization risk increases if it remains on the skin long after application or used immediately after baths/showers, or in heat application methods, as this allows for higher absorption. Use on damaged/broken, or sensitive skin is not recommended.