Absolute Aromas Benzoin 40% is also known as Styrax Tonkinensis.
Absolute Aroma´s Benzoin 40% essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the Resin. It has a sweet, rich, vanilla-like fragrance and a warming dark amber like colour.
Benzoin essential oil is useful for all the family, particularly during the winter months when it is ideal for use in steam inhalations as well as in baths or massage blends for dry or weather-worn skin.
In a steam inhalation, try blending with 1 drop each of Eucalyptus (especially Eucalyptus Radiata for children), Tea Tree or Frankincense.
As a treat for weather-worn skin (gardeners and windsurfers take note!), add 2 drops each of Benzoin, Lavender and Orange essential oil in to a jar of unfragranced base cream or to 10ml of Absolute Aroma´s Sweet Almond oil and massage in thoroughly.
The two main types of Benzoin are Siam (styrax tonkinensis) and Sumatra (styrax benzoin).
The Sumatran type is much cheaper to produce and coarser than the superior Siam quality. As Benzoin is a resinoid, it comes in solid form. Absolute Aromas has used an odourless diluent - benzyl benzoate - to liquefy it so that it is practical to use. Even diluted to 40%, it can still solidify easily and the bottle may be warmed in the hands or in warm water before use. Benzoin is balsamic, warming and penetrating yet gentle.
Did you know?
Ancient Far Eastern traditions have used benzoin as a medicine and incense for fumigations.
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