Siam Benzoin Resinoid-For Amber accords. Pourable-A perfume fixative and preservative for carrier oils-Styrax Tonkinensis-Thailand

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This is resinoid of Siam Benzoin, Styrax Tonkinensis I prepared. It has a beautiful, sweet Vanilla-like scent with highlights of caramel and bitter almonds. In Aromatherapy it is considered calming, relaxing and grounding. Its scent is a little stronger, deeper and sweeter than the other Benzoin in the shop, Styrax Benzoin from Sumatra.

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This is resinoid of Siam Benzoin, Styrax Tonkinensis I prepared. It has a beautiful, sweet Vanilla-like scent with highlights of caramel and bitter almonds. In Aromatherapy it is considered calming, relaxing and grounding. Its scent is a little stronger, deeper and sweeter than the other Benzoin in the shop, Styrax Benzoin from Sumatra.

I dissolved whole Benzoin 50/50 by weight with Benzyl benzoate, a compound that is found in the resin abundantly. Besides this natural affinity with Benzoin resin, Benzyl benzoate dissolves in oils and in alcohol making this a versatile product for a wide range of applications.
The 50/50 ratio yields an easy to use and pourable product.

Though some shops sell this resinoid as “Benzoin Essential Oil” (erroneously or intentionally), there is no essential oil of Benzoin since its aromatic molecules are not volatile enough to distil.

Siam Benzoin resinoid is an aromatic liquid the colour and consistency of Buckwheat honey in the fall. Though it is pourable at room temperature, a little warmth will help it flow and a warm water-bath will help it blend with other compounds.

In perfumery, it is used as a fixative since it has the property of anchoring more fleeting scents in a blend.

Benzoin contains Benzoic acid which acts as a preservative for fats and oils. For this reason, you will often see Benzoin tincture or resinoid added to formulas to keep oils and fats from oxidizing and going rancid. A little bit of Benzoin resinoid, (1%-2%), will greatly extend the shelf life of products made with Olive oil, grapeseed, almond and many other ” unstable” carrier oils. It also helps extend the life of animal fats such as Lard and Tallow. Note that Benzoin resin and tincture only help preserve fats and have no preservative properties when it comes to water-soluble compounds or water/oil emulsions.

Benzoin is traditionally used topically in a tincture to help heal cracked, irritated or chapped skin and is thought to relieve respiratory congestion. However, Benzoin also has a tendency to cause sensitization. Avoid applying it directly, excessively, or undiluted to the skin.

Benzoin was originally brought to the West when Islam spread to Indonesia. Arabian traders discovered a tree resin that reminded them of their Luban, or Frankincense back home.
They gave it the name Luban Jawi, which translates as Frankincense of Java. Over the centuries Benzoin became a mainstay in the aromatic and medicinal repertoires of cultures along the spice route and its name found many iterations.

For the French, LubanJawi became Le BenJawi, Benjawi and eventually Benzoin. The English found it easier to call it Benjamin or Gum Benjamin.
To this day we hear it referred to as Gum Benjamin, Benzoin, LubanJawi, Lubanya and Lubanja depending on the country and culture.

Benzoin is the original source of some familiar and important chemicals such as
Benzoic acid, Benzyl alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate which we now produce from other raw materials

Benzoin, like Labdanum, is a key ingredient in Chypre and Oriental type perfumes.
Many formulas for “Amber” fragrances and Amber perfume accords call for blending Benzoin, Labdanum and Vanilla in various proportions.

Benzoin is collected by incising a V and parting the bark of the tree slightly from the wood. This creates a natural pocket which holds the liquid resin until it sets and gives us the beautiful Benzoin “Almonds” of commerce. (See photos above).

Dissolved in a bit of warm oil, this material makes a simple perfume and a fragrant beard dressing for men. Blended with some Labdanum draws it closer to a divine fragrance and with the addition of Vanilla, you will have an Amber accord.

You can find labdanum resinoid here-https://www.etsy.com/listing/167219402/labdanum-resinoid-an-ancient

Blending resins and resinoids is done with greater ease when they are warmed in a water bath. Avoid microwaves and stove tops which give little control over the temperature.

Additional information

materials

Benzyl benzoate, Siam benzoin, Styrax Tonkinensis

Volume

1 Millilitre, 5 Millilitres, 10 Millilitres, 30 Millilitres, 100 Millilitres

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  1. Camille Deckow

    Camille Deckow

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  2. Shanel Kuvalis

    Shanel Kuvalis

    smells awesome, love it, thank you very much 😀

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  3. Araceli Hansen

    Araceli Hansen

    I am in love with this Benzoin. It is so warm, and soothing.

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  4. Haylie Rempel

    Haylie Rempel

    Beautifully thick and wonderful smelling benzoin

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  5. Dedrick Willms

    Dedrick Willms

    Great quality product , recommended

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  6. Cordie Daniel

    Cordie Daniel

    Gorgeous and sweet benzoin. Just as it should be.

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  7. Caleigh Zemlak

    Caleigh Zemlak

    To be honest i enjoy visiting this etsy shop and i like collecting rare goodies, i then hide them away and use at a later date when i find the urge to.

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  8. Lilian Fay

    Lilian Fay

    Just Fabulous ! High Quality Great Stuff as usual

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  9. Sedrick Turcotte

    Sedrick Turcotte

    I need to come up with a better word than awesome for reviewing Dan's offerings. This is so much more beautiful than the benzoin resinoid I've been using – which was from a reliable source and it's nice enough but Dan's just takes it to a whole other level. I just finished making the most gorgeous, slightly smokey amber accord. I could bathe in it. I used his Labdanum resinoid too, reviewed separately.

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  10. Bettie Casper

    Bettie Casper

    Thief's terrible business
    Stay away!!!

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  11. Estefania Huel

    Estefania Huel

    My absolute favorite! Smells like vanilla and a clove cigarette. It transports you into another setting, another world. It's inspiration to create a story.

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  12. Marietta Murphy

    Marietta Murphy

    thank you Dan for the constantly excellent quality of the goods, it’s very nice that there are still people who value quality

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  13. Kayla Hartmann

    Kayla Hartmann

    wow this resinoid smells divine like vanilla breathed through a deep forest, thank you for the great quality product as always!

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  14. Hazel Turcotte

    Hazel Turcotte

    A++ Everything I have purchased from Dan has been top notch so I'm starting to feel like I am repeating myself 😂 but the smell is so good. It's exactly as described. Can't wait to put it to good use. Thank you Apothecary Gardens!!

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    Zena Metz

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  16. Cecile O'Kon

    Cecile O’Kon

    An exceptional benzoin resinoid. Thank you so much! Will purchase more 🙂

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  17. Camille Deckow

    Camille Deckow

    Great quality product

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  18. Josue Feest

    Josue Feest

    Really lovely! It's so had purchasing scents online, but these never disappoint. So rich!

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  19. Millie Roob

    Millie Roob

    For me it was better than vanilla absolute. Thank you!

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    Nicole Bergstrom

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  21. Berry Becker

    Berry Becker

    Dan always has amazing products. This benzoin is thick and smells great. Can’t wait to smell it when it is opened up in a blend.

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  22. River Christiansen

    River Christiansen

    Fantastic quality, will be ordering more!

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  23. Camille Deckow

    Camille Deckow

    Great as always

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  24. Rosetta O'Hara

    Rosetta O’Hara

    Excellent quality and smell. A great addition to my homemade creams.

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  25. Era Witting

    Era Witting

    This oil is gorgeous and sensually appealing. It's easy to blend with other oils to make something special.

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  26. Derrick Wolf

    Derrick Wolf

    Delicious warm and sweet benzoin!

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  28. Araceli Hansen

    Araceli Hansen

    Great description of each item!

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