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Derived from a flowering tree (Styrax benzoin) native to Southeast Asia, benzoin
is an aromatic resin that can be converted into oil through solvent extraction. Benzoin's golden hue is a telltale sign of its warm, rich scent, which carries a significant vanilla presence. Most widely included in incense, benzoin has historically been used to banish evil spirits. Today it commonly featured in luxurious perfumes.
Aroma: Medium. Warm and vanilla-like.
Benzoin Essential Oil Benefits: Serenely soothing and gracefully grounding. Conveys the comfort and calm of a loving embrace.
Blends Well With: Angelica, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, Peru Balsam, Rose, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang
History of Benzoin
Not to be confused with the organic chemical compound benzoin, this fragrant oil is sourced from the sticky resin of the tall Southeast Asian tree known as Styrax benzoin
. Historically exported from the region by sea trade, benzoin became prized throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa for its warm vanilla-honey scent. This led to its inclusion in many varieties of incense and perfume, spiking demand throughout the world.