Benzoin Essential Oil
Benzoin trees have oval leaves and greenish yellow flowers, and grow in warmer, tropical climates in Southeast Asia, South America, and Southeastern parts of the United States. It is predominantly used in perfume and incense crafting.
- Botanical Family: Styracaceae
- Other Common Names: Styrax tonkinensis, Onycha
- Part of Plant Used: Resin
- Method of Extraction: Solvent extraction
- Variations: Benzoin is extracted through the use of solvents, which creates a thick and viscous absolute.
- Chemistry: Benzoin is mainly comprised of esters includng benzyl benzoate, benzyl alcohol, (Z)-cinnamyl (E)-cinnamate, cinnamic acid, ethyl cinnamate, and benzoic acid.
- Perfuming: Benzoin should be used in perfumery within the aromatherapy practice for perfumes and natural skin care only. It has fragrance fixative properties.
- Pregnancy: can be used during pregnancy to relieve abdominal discomfort, in addition to relaxation and skin support
- Skin: Used for dry, chapped, and inflamed skin conditions. It is also beneficial for mature and sensitive skin.
- Nervous System: helps to relieve anxiety, depression, and stress
- Spiritual: associated with the Crown Chakra due to its calming and grounding nature associated with the higher states of consciousness
- Scent Profile: Base note with a soft, sweet, warm, vanilla-like aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Benzoin can last up to 400 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Balsamic, Resinous, Chypre
- Blends well with: Black Pepper, Copaiba, Coriander, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Labdanum, Lemon, Myrrh, Oakmoss, Rose, Sandalwood, and Vanilla
- Blends with Aroma Chemicals, Isolates, and Fragrances for Perfuming: Caramel, Freesia, Green Apple, and Hyacinth
- Low risk for skin sensitization
- 2% Maximum dermal use according to Tisserand & Young
- Safe to use during pregnancy
- Children Under 2 years old: Avoid topical use due to a moderate risk of mucous membrane irritation.
Products Using Benzoin Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Book Publishing Company, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.