Benzoin styrax

NZ $5.00

Viscous but pourable


Essential Oils: A - B


Benzoin styrax


Styrax benzoin




Golden brown viscous liquid, very thick but pourable


Sweet, warm and vanilla-like

Plant part used


Extraction method

Solvent extracted






Oil and alcohol

Usage rate

Skincare : 0.1 - 1%
Soapmaking: 1 - 3 %



Blends well with

Frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver, patchouli and oils from the citrus family



Palm oil


Animal tested


Description: The benzoin tree grows in Java, Sumatra, Thailand and and other parts of Asia. It grows to 8 metres. Deep incisions are made in the trunk of the tree from which the grayish colour sap exudes. When the resinous lump becomes hard and brittle, it is collected from the bark.

History: Benzoin is one of the classic ingredients of incense. Benzoin is used as an essential oil as well as a fixative in perfumes.

Safety data: Avoid during pregnancy; skin irritant (dilute before using externally); may trigger epileptic seizures in susceptible individuals.

Note: Benzoin is a gum oil and can be difficult to disperse carrier oils, though it does blend well with thinner essential oils. We recommend using it in a blend with other essential oils, such as geranium for example, and then adding that blend to your final product, be it anhydrous or an emulsion.

Packaging - See our blog on our commitment to sustainable packaging.
Our essential oils come in amber glass bottles with dripulator caps:
5ml and 20ml with an 18 neck dripulator cap, either white or black, depending on stock availability.
30ml, 50ml, 100ml, 250ml, with a 28 neck white dripulator cap (except for oils that are too thick for a dripulator, which have a black open pour cap).
500g and 1kg options come in an aluminium bottle; 5L comes in a plastic jerrycan.
If you need precise drops for your products we suggest you buy our 5ml or 20ml dropper bottles and transfer the oils or buy our disposable or glass pipettes

Important note: The information provided is for educational purposes only.
It is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

General safety information: Do not take any oils internally.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin.
Essential oils should be avoided in pregnancy due to their possible skin sensitising effects.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children.
A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.

All our products are for external use only.
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