Origin: Sumatra (Indonesia)
Scientific Name: Styrax benzoin (Sumatra benzoin) & S. tonkinensis (Siam benzoin)
Folk Names: Benjamin tree, gum Benjamin, styrax
Deities: Aphrodite/Venus, Area, Hathor, Mut
Parts used: Resin
Magical Properties: Purification, astral projection, prosperity, cleansing, intellect, consecration, longevity
Substitutions: Gum Arabic, gum mastic
- Combine benzoin, bayberry, and cinnamon to attract success to a business.
Part Used: Resin
Extraction Method: Solvent extraction
Flash Point: 135°C
Scent Type: Spicy
Perfume Note: Middle/base
Scent Description: Woody and slightly vanilla
Benzoin is relaxing and calming, and can help with stress and nervous tension.
- May cause sensitisation.
Plant Height: 12-30m
Leaves: Dark, oval leaves, 1-18cm long and 2-10cm across
Flowers: White, hanging flowers with 5 petals
Fruit: Oblong fruits with a central seed