Data: Benzoin is a resin from the tree trunk that is a yellowish color when it initially exudes and darkens as it dries. It has been valued for millennia, especially in the Middle East and Asia. Sometimes called benjamin gum. There are four varieties of tree and oil, although Styrax benzoin dryander is mostly used medicinally, with all types being used in perfumery.
Principal places of production: Laos, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China
When buying look for: An amber-colored, honey-like liquid with a warm, balsamic, vanilla-like aroma. Benzoin is sometimes labeled in grades.
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