Styrax tonkinensis (Pierre) W. G. Craib ex Hartwich
Kosher certified

Benzoin Siam n°5 Gum Laos

Styrax tonkinensis (Pierre) W. G. Craib ex Hartwich
Botanical family : Styracaceae
Method of culture : Conventional
Part harvested : Gum
Harvest period :
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D

CAS TSCA : 9000-72-0
INCI : Styrax benzoin gum


Balsamic

Balsamic
Vanilla like

The plant in depth

Benzoin from Laos is the balsamic resin from the Styrax tonkinensis trees perched on the high plateaus of Laos. When the trunk of Styrax tonkinensis is cut, benzoin “tears” drip down the trunk like crystallized, caramel-toned candies. The styrax benzoin tree is a fast-growing tree that reaches maturity in its tenth year. The very hard resin, a symbol of prosperity and purification, is blended into rich perfume compositions, releasing a balsamic fragrance with vanilla accents, reminiscent of vanilla bean.

Benzoin Laos or Laotian benzoin, also known as benzoin Siam, because the gum passed through the port of Bangkok, is gathered each year in the hot season through multiple manual tapping incisions. Using a machete, the tapper notches the tree from top to bottom, lifting up a bark slab, under which the resin accumulates. After a wait of several months, a single harvest is performed early in the year. The bark slab is cut away with a blow from the machete at its base so as to collect the white resin. Benzoin tears are categorized by size, color, and consistency, meaning that Grade No. 1 tears are the largest and clearest, of superior quality. Benzoin is assigned several grades or qualities, including No. 2 Gums, No. 3 Gums, and No. 5 Gums, all having very distinctive, well-defined olfactory characteristics.

Your technical documents

Data sheet Security sheet Kosher
GHS CLP GHS CLP K

Specifications

Method for obtaining Exsudat
Appearance Amber-coloured to orange-brown powder (finely grains)
Constituents Benzoic acid, vanillin


Advised uses : Aromatherapy, Perfumery, Cosmetic, Alimentary