Benzoin Gum Sumatra - Styrax Benzoin - 50 grams

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Benzoin is a tree native to South-East Asia. Its trunk exudes a gum well known for its strong astringent and antiseptic action.

Benzoin Gum, also sometimes called Gum Benjamin, is gelatinous when wet, and forms small, hard, water-soluble granules when dried, called crystals.

Primarily, Benzoin is used for incense and it has a sweet-balsamic odour with a distinct vanilla note. Benzoin is also an excellent choice to use as a fixative in perfumes as it holds onto the lighter notes.

Active constituents are Benzaldehyde, benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, styrene, and vanillic acid.

History of Benzoin Gum:-

The resin is formed when when the tree, at least 7 years old, is axed and after a period of time the tree yields the liquid Benzoin. After it has run for a time, the tree is cut down and gutted for the remaining resin.

There are two principal types of Benzoin gum, Benzoin Siam and Benzoin Sumatra ( this product.)

Benzoin Siam is obtained from Styrax tonkinensis, found across Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Benzoin Sumatra is obtained from Styrax benzoin, which grows predominantly on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

Unlike Siamese Benzoin, Sumatran Benzoin contains cinnamic acid in addition to benzoic acid.

In the United States, Sumatra benzoin (Styrax benzoin and Styrax paralleoneurus) is more customarily used in pharmaceutical preparations.

Benzoin Siam (Styrax tonkinensis) is used more frequently in the flavouring and fragrance industries

in Indonesia Benzoin is known as kemenyan. In Indonesian trade statistics, however, benzoin is misleadingly called frankincense, a term usually applied to the resinous exudate from Boswellia spp. of Arabia and Africa. It is possible that this use of the term frankincense derives from benzoin of Indonesian origin that was traded by the Arabs, who regarded it as a form of frankincense, at least 700 years ago.

In Malaysia, benzoin is also called kemenyan or kemayan. Malaysian trade statistics use the term gum benjamin. In Thailand it is known as kamyan or kumyan and in Lao Peples Democratic Republic it is called kam nhan, nyan or yan.

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