Les Encens du monde | Benzoin | 20 gram


Benzoin Resin from Laos, extracted from Styrax Tonkinensis, releases vanilla, amber and warm scents. It is recognized for its spiritually purifying virtues and is conducive to invoking luck or divine grace. It is very rich in benzoic acid and vanillin esters which give it that balsamic scent and a vanilla sweetness.

The Resins, 100% natural, stimulate feelings, emotions and sensations. This thousand-year-old ingredient of incense is used both for spirituality and for perfume. 

Usage tips

Benzoin from Laos diffuses at a moderate temperature, you can of course burn it over hot coals but the best is to choose a tea light diffuser. A single 1 square centimeter scale of benzoin is sufficient for everyday use by a person. More may make you cry (tear effect). It is often mixed with other resins.

More on the ingredients

This oleo-resin is extracted from the benzoin tree, Styrax tonkinensis. It flows in the form of white latex through incisions made in the bark. It then solidifies to take the form of brittle scales and then takes on an orange color with broken white parts. Another common benzoin comes from Indonesia. It is called Benzoin of Sumatra or Benjamin gum and its color is gray, partly translucent and shiny. It is actually a mixture of benzoin and Dammar gum.

Effects / why?

Benzoin resin has anti-microbial air and anti-mould properties. It provides natural protection through its expectorant and pulmonary antiseptic virtues. It is appreciated for its physical and mental relaxing effect. This resin is traditionally used within the framework of exorcisms or purification "of the negative energies" of a place. It is a major aromatic in many spiritual practices where it is valued to promote relaxation of the mind. Its esoteric virtues lend it a particular power in prayer to invoke luck or divine grace.

History of this incense

Benzoin, harvested in Southeast Asia, was already known in the Middle East, in Antiquity. This shows the age of the exchanges of these precious aromatic ingredients which took the various routes of incense.