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Benzoin Essential Oil

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Average Product Rating: 4.8 / 5 (Based on 88 Customer Reviews)


Main Constituents:
Benzoic Acid: 10 - 12%
Cinnamic Acid: 4 - 7%
Benzyl Cinamate: 2 - 4%
Methyl Cinamate: 10 - 17%
Cinnamyl Cinnamate: 8 - 14%

Botanical Name: Styrax benzoin

Plant Part: Resin

Extraction Method: Solvent Extraction

Origin: India

Description: The Benzoin tree originates from Java, Sumatra and Thailand where it can grow up to 8 meters (20 feet). Deep incisions are made in the trunk of the tree from which the grayish color sap exudes. When the resinous lump becomes hard and brittle, it is collected from the bark.

Color: Thick brown, viscous liquid.

Consistency: Thick and viscous

Aromatic Scent: Benzoin oil has a sweet, warm and vanilla-like aroma.

Note: Base

Strength of Aroma: Medium

Blends well with: Cardamom, Frankincense, Myrrh, Myrtle, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain and Sandalwood.

Common Uses: The main constituent of Benzoin Essential Oil is benzoic acid, which has properties that are antiseptic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, carminative, deodorant, diuretic and expectorant. The sweet resin is widely used as a fixative in perfumes but has also been used medicinally for respiratory ailments, and skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

History: Also known as Gum Benjamin, Benzoin is one of the classic ingredients of incense, and in ancient times it was used as a fumigator. It is the primary ingredient in Friar's Balsam, and was medicinally used to paint sore throats and mouth ulcers. In cosmetic use, it was the additive to rosewater for the centuries-old facial cleanser and toner known as Virgin's Milk, and the ladies of the Royal House of Windsor attributed their beautiful complexions to the use of Friar's Balsam in freshly made barley water.

Directions to Use: We would recommend placing the bottle in a very hot water bath, changing the water frequently and once it is back to the liquid state be sure to shake before use.

Cautions: Benzoin is a non-toxic and non-irritant, but a mild sensitizer and should be avoided if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

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Customers should purchase products from New Directions Aromatics Inc. with the clear understanding that all products must be used at the customers own discretion and only after referencing Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and all other relevant technical information specific to the product. New Directions Aromatics Inc. shall not be held responsible for any damages to property or for any adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm) caused by insufficient knowledge or the improper use of a product.

The user of the product is solely responsible for compliance with all laws and regulations applying to the use of the products, including intellectual property rights of third parties.

As with any manufacturing process, New Directions Aromatics strongly recommends small lab scale testing for evaluation purposes prior to full commercial manufacturing.

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Please note, the International Federation of Aromatherapists do not recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. In addition, Essential Oils must be properly diluted before use in order to avoid any damages to property or adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm).

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Submited By: Eric from Manalapan, New Jersey on
Loyal Customer Since: 2014
Rating: Star

A vanilla sugar/ cream soda scent, with a touch of amber. The dropper top is useless, but at least it's less viscous than Labdanum. I really wish this came in a de-acidified form (benzoic and cinnamic acids removed). It would probably be a lot less thick and it's unlikely that they add much to the scent (speaking as a chemist). On the upside, the benzoic acid is a preservative and may benefit your products. Can't beat the price, for sure.
Submited By: Robert from Prescot, California on
Loyal Customer Since: 2013
Rating: Star

super versatile oil! yes its very thick but I've never had a problem with blending, just give your blend a good shake and it will all come together and stay together without separation. Love you benzoin!
Submited By: Chana from New York, New York on
Loyal Customer Since: 2014
Rating: Star

Smells like the leading brand of cream soda, a mellow vanilla. It's very thick --- I'm not sure how I'll use it. Four stars, with one off because I wasn't expecting the viscosity.
Submited By: Silvia from Riverside, California on
Loyal Customer Since: 2013
Rating: Star

This is my favorite base note for CP soaps. It is thick and viscous but all you need to do is mix it well with a little carrier oil before adding it to the soap and there shouldn't be any problems with clumping. DO NOT warm it in water bath when mixed with oil because it will become a gummy/rubbery mess.
Submited By: Coletta from Streetsboro, Ohio on
Loyal Customer Since: 2008
Rating: Star

Benzoin was one of my first purchases from NDA. It has a lovely warm vanilla like scent. I place the bottle in a warm water bath to liquify it and a little goes a very long way. Beautiful scent for diffusing! I was very pleased with this affordable eo, not knowing what to expect because it was so affordable!! Thanks NDA!
Submited By: Anna from Chattanooga, Tennessee on
Loyal Customer Since: 2014
Rating: Star

sweet and with an amber-like, vanilla tinge. So happy that I purchased the 3.3 oz! It will last me forever!
Submited By: Anna from Chattanooga, Tennessee on
Loyal Customer Since: 2014
Rating: Star

It is a bit thick, but with a very nice and warm amber-vanilla scent. I couldn't get it through the dropper (the birch tar and labdanum also did not wish to proceed through the dropper) So I've taken them out and use a dipped toothpick to drop the oils into lotions and potions.
Submited By: Julie from Massillon, Ohio on
Loyal Customer Since: 2012
Rating: Star

I LOVE this! It's so unique for an EO, I never knew there were any sweet smelling ones. This one smells warm and lightly sweet & spicy, almost like vanilla but different. It's more like a cream alcoholic beverage scent. It smells amazing in my hand cream, I can't stop smelling my hands when I use it! It's great as a stand alone scent and mixed with other fragrances or EO's. I'm interested in trying it in a face cream for the anti-acneic properties as my skin is still breaking out at 26. The thickness of this does make it a little difficult to work with, but it's really no big deal. I took out the dropper as there is no way to get it out that way. I just put it in a bowl of hot water while I'm working until I'm ready to use it, then use a knife to stop the flow once I get to the weight I need. This one is a definite must!
Submited By: Sarah from Temecula, California on
Loyal Customer Since: 2013
Rating: Star

This mixes nicely with lavender for a sweeter floral smell! It is thick and a little harder to use because of that. I warmed it in a bath but I was afraid to make it too hot because I don't want to harm the essential oil! Still it is workable I just had to take the dropper tip off to get it out. Overall very pleased.
Submited By: Jacqueline from Leesport, Pennsylvania on
Loyal Customer Since: 2013
Rating: Star

I Think this is the next best thing since pants with pockets! I dont know how I even came across it but sure Glad I did ! I should of bought the maga bottle ! I also read in a review from another customer thats its close to Labdanum so THAT will be on my list next time I an shop! Love it!
Submited By: Sarah from Friday Harbor, Nevada on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

In the bottle it smells exactly like cream soda. Watch out, it will ruin clothing. Makes great incense.
Submited By: Harry from Memphis, Tennessee on
Loyal Customer Since: 2013
Rating: Star

Benzoin is wonderful! Rather than the clean sharp vanilla bean smell this has the warm vanilla scent you get from just baked cookies. Everyone loves the scent. It is thick though and has to be worked with.
Submited By: Alina from Budd Lake, New Jersey on
Loyal Customer Since: 2013
Rating: Star

I wouldn't say that this is purely like a vanilla scent - to me it was a very very mellow scent - something between vanilla and brown sugar - almost like frosting. Love it for facial care.
Submited By: Julie from Watertown, New York on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

This Benzoin is lovely and a staple in my lineup. Will not be without.
Submited By: Sarah from Gilmanton, New Hampshire on
Loyal Customer Since: 2012
Rating: Star

A nice base note and fixative for citrus scents. Dissolves easily when blended with your essential oils prior to adding to cp soap. A warm water bath in the colder months will help it move out of the bottle faster. I also have a 20x vanilla oleoresin and benzoin definitely has a sugary vanilla note.
Submited By: Jaipreet from Livermore, California on
Loyal Customer Since: 2011
Rating: Star

This stuff is really amazing. It is sticky in the bottle (used a hot water bath & it liquified well). It has that warm, sweet richness to it that other EOs can't provide. I use it in my spicy blends to bring soft sweetness. When I am blending shampoos and shower gels I would like to see if it rinses well in combination with emollients and emulsifiers etc, because washing it off of hands, glass, spatula etc it has a resin feel that is hard to get off when water is on it, but then it does eventually go away. So wondering how it rinses in other circumstances.
Submited By: M. from Irving, Texas on
Loyal Customer Since: 2012
Rating: Star

This is my first review after receiving my 3rd order from you. This oil is superb, but a challenge. The resin was so sticky I had to stick a chopstick in to get it out of the bottle. Once out, it stuck to the mixing bowl. So I decided to mix it directly into your shampoo base- and amazingly it mixed with no problem. I love the vanilla-y honey scent, and it made an invitingly masculine fragrance mixed with cedarwood and lavender. All in all, there is a learning curve with this, but it is one of the most lovely and useful scents around.
Submited By: Breanne from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on
Loyal Customer Since: 2013
Rating: Star

The scent is vanilla-y goodness. I'm a little nervous about using it, given the thicker consistency, but it will be well worth any trouble I have.
Submited By: Tiffany from Morrisville, Pennsylvania on
Loyal Customer Since: 2012
Rating: Star

Gooey goodness :-) This is a very sticky, viscous liquid but not difficult to use. It is sweet and slightly spicy and it smells like I imagine desserts eaten by gods do.
Submited By: Stacey from Paris, Illinois on
Loyal Customer Since: 2011
Rating: Star

This product smells wonderful-sort of like a creamy vanilla. However, my problem was that it is very difficult to incorporate into CP soap. It is very thick and difficult to mix with other essential oils. Will try to use it in perfume soon because I love the scent.
Submited By: Patrick from Langley, Washington on
Loyal Customer Since: 2012
Rating: Star

Smooth,woody,vanilla aroma with a touch of spiciness. Tricky to work with, but well worth it. Great price too.
Submited By: Tuan from Toronto, Ontario on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

Scent is quite nice. It is extremely gooey thick. The dripper is kind of counterproductive. I managed to dilute it in perfumer's alcohol down to 75%-ish to keep it liquid form so it could be used with dropper. If you get the neat oil onto your hand, it'll stay there. I tried to wash it off with soap and rubbing alcohol. No use. Wipe off as much as you can with toilet tissue and just let it remove itself overtime (cleared after I slept). I'll probably only use it for perfumery and not therapeutic.
Submited By: Basil from Woodbridge, Ontario on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

Nice, sweet vanilla-like smell. People are a little scared of the name as it sounds too much like benzene, which probably wouldn't be good in soap. It makes for a nice sweet base note, and also a good fixative, however it's very difficult to work with. I have yet to successfully liquefy it in a water bath as it always gets too hot and then forms resin like clumps in my soap (which might be nice, but not what I'm going for). The only success I've had is by heating it up in the sun, or in my pocket, and then making sure to use my essential oil blend quickly before the benzoin separates out and gets too viscous again. Also, I'm a little concerned about what I've read about it being a sensitizer.
Submited By: Julie from Watertown, New York on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

Have been using this Benzoin for a long time. It is a wonderful product & wonderful quality. Do not hesitate!
Submited By: Steven from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on
Loyal Customer Since: 2011
Rating: Star

Smells like vanilla. Thick as honey. It's used as a fixative for scents, but it also has skin benefiting properties, which makes it great for soaping. I have nothing bad to say about Benzoin. It's fantastic.
Submited By: David from Los Angeles, California on
Loyal Customer Since: 2011
Rating: Star

I agree with many that this is difficult to work with if you're trying to incorporate it into a formula, which was not my intent. I take the stopper out and put a very small dab of it along with some Himalayan cedar and a few drops of lemon into the candle diffuser. Absolutely incredible.
Submited By: Tanya from Lacey, Washington on
Loyal Customer Since: 2012
Rating: Star

Love the honeyed-vanilla scent! I only wish it was easier to work with. Heating up the bottle does little good to get it out by drops. Scooping and trying to blend doesn't work very well either. I'll still work on my methods as I really like this EO, tho.
Submited By: Cindy from Angus, Ontario on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

This scent is so relaxing and surprising. Very soft...hard to pinpoint the aroma exactly, but it reminds me of a vanilla powder...will definitely make sure I don't run out of this.
Submited By: Jan from Oshawa, Ontario on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

What a wonderful surprise to me! This is my first encounter with Benzoin apart from Friar's Balsam and benzoin swabs . I expected an antiseptic smell and am delighting in the wonderful mellow warm scent slightly reminiscent of buttered vanilla ... if there is such a thing. I am looking forward to experimenting with various scent combinations.
Submited By: Lauretta from San Diego, California on
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

This is one of my all time absolute favorites, and so I end up putting it in almost EVERYTHING! It's very sweet and has awesome staying power in a perfume blend. It's very thick, so I usually end up mixing it with jojoba oil and using it that way rather than going to the trouble of warming the bottle.
Submited By: Andrea from Katy, Texas on
Loyal Customer Since: 2011
Rating: Star

I can't afford vanilla EO and got this as a substitute for the time being. I can't compare it to the real thing, but it sure smells like vanilla to me! I do wish NDA would package it differently since I had to remove the built-in dropper to get it out of the bottle. Even after warming, it was still hard for me to work with and pretty much impossible to get the dropper I used completely clean. It mixes into soap fine, but is not so easy to mix into liquid oil. I just bought some Peru Balsam, another vanilla-like essential oil, from NDA and can't wait to try it. It's not thick like benzoin and is steam-distilled, which I prefer over solvent extraction.
Submited By: Susan from Whitby, Ontario on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

Amazing resin! I would like to thank Tiffany for providing advice re: applying neat on skin. I had some sort of stubborn dermatitis-type reaction on my knuckle area. The resin's goey viscosity provided an effective barrier to allow my skin to completely heal over wonderfully and quickly. Plus, I am aware of its therapeutic benefits. I am running low on this sample and I will be buying a larger one so I can make a healing ointment out of this - that way I don't need to keep gently heating it every time I need it.
Submited By: Krissandra from Moses Lake, Washington on
Loyal Customer Since: 2008
Rating: Star

Perhaps my benzion has aged a little but it reminds of cream soda! I use it in balms and solid pufumes as a preservative and fixative, It really holds the essential oils in and they are stronger smelling and don't fade easily. A little seems to go a long way.
Submited By: Lory from Monroe, Wisconsin on
Loyal Customer Since: 2011
Rating: Star

This is an amazing warm vanilla addition to any fragrance! This thick resin is tricky to use if you are a drop counter! Warming in water seems a great solution!
Submited By: Janmarie from Brookdale, California on
Loyal Customer Since: 2008
Rating: Star

So far everyone loves this scent. I have added it to several blends in cp soap, holds up really well.
Submited By: Amy from Sept-iles, Quebec on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

I'm in love! Such a complex, wonderful scent! As previous reviews have stated, it's pretty thick. I put it in a hot water bath while I got the rest of my ingredients ready. When it came time to add the essential oils to my soap it was easy to pour and measure.
Submited By: Susan from Whitby, Ontario on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

I absolutely love the smell. I do find it difficult to work with because of the thick viscosity. I will have to try a hotter hot water bath the next time. I think I had a heavy hand when I used it in my product recipe because it is difficult to measure due to the gooey-ness. I recommend not to add too much just in case you are prone to sensitivity (you can always add more later if it's not strong enough).
Submited By: Jenny from St. Johns, Michigan on
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

Agreed, fantastic in blends. Offers a sweet, sultry layer...mmmm!
Submited By: Jenny from St. Johns, Michigan on
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

Beautifully sweet and lovely. Mixes nicely with woody scents, especially cedarwood.
Submited By: Jefa from Calgary, Alberta on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

I need a gallon of this resinoid...it creates an unbelievable base note for rose perfumes.....
Submited By: Diane from Toronto, Ontario on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

Very thick but worth the trouble to work with. The fragrance is sweet and subtle and luxurious.
Submited By: Hanna from Morrisville, North Carolina on
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

This benzoin is great, it really gives a warmth and sweetness behind the stronger scents of a product. I tried it in a beeswax-cocoa butter lotion bar, with Sweet Orange Essential Oil, and everyone who tries it just wants to eat it. At first when I made the lotion bar I thought I couldn't notice the benzoin, but after making the same product without it, the sweetness of the orange was gone and I realized how much the Benzoin had contributed. Can't wait to try the same thing with a lemon-scented cocoa butter lotion bar. Wonderful price, also.
Submited By: Amanda from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

This Benzoin is gorgeous. It instantly warms up any blend. It definitely reminds me of vanilla, without the sweetness. I wish it came with a different dispenser since the reducer cap does not have a purpose since the resin is so viscous. This oil will be an invaluable component in my blends in the upcoming chilly months. Great price too!
Submited By: Heather from Colorado Springs, Colorado on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

I love this oil from NDA. It's definitely thick and needs to be warmed up in hot water ahead of time but it's worth the few seconds extra wait. This is warm, sweet (but not sickening sweet), vanilla like. I use it blended with several of my CP Soaps and lotions.
Submited By: Brandy from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

Benzoin is a beautifully scented oil... it is very warming, very relaxing, very precious. It is good to find an oil with so many uses that smells wonderful to! I definately recomend this oil!!!!
Submited By: Henry from Chattanooga, Tennessee on
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

Benzoin has at first a styrene, plastic-y note that I find oddly pleasing. It deepens to the smell of poplar buds and lingers over the course of a day, fading slowly to a powdery-floral and musky scent with undertones of clean skin. A perfect bridge to other aromatics in a blend, it also makes them seem stronger. Your benzoin is a nearly aways a must-have in my compositions. (For perfume makers: It may take awhile to dissolve in alcohol and some may settle, so be prepared to warm the solution and add more ethanol if needed. Cleanup is aided by the use of acetone as the residue can be gummy.)
Submited By: Audrey from Van Buren, Arkansas on
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

It just so happens I ordered Benzoin along with Labdanum on my last order. I had no idea they would smell so much a like, with the Labdanum being the more potent of the two, and the Benzoin being the sweeter. I was happy with the over-all sweet vanilla aroma of the Benzoin, but probably wouldn't have bought two oils that so closely resembled eachother. If I would have known ahead of time, I would have picked the Benzoin over the Labdanum. That being said, I think if I smelled the Labdanum independently, I would have probably mistaken it for the Benzoin oil. Both are very thick, and like the other reviews say, don't even bother with trying to use with the reducer cap.
Submited By: Jourdain from Salinas, California on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

Warm, balsamic aroma reminds me of the South American incenses, but with a bit more (or sometimes, less) depth. Benzoin has always been a tricky odor for me in my perfume work, but I find New Directions of an admirable quality and easier to work with than most. I would reccomend.
Submited By: Chaina from Toronto, Ontario on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

I just LOVE this benzoin resin. Very warm scent. Not easy to use as everything gets sticky, but it's one of my favourite. I use it for candles and I recommand anyone who uses for candles and cosmetics to not forget to mention it on the label as some people are extremely sensitive to benzoin.
Submited By: Andrea from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

I love this oil! It is sooo sweat, sooo vanilla like. I love to sniff it straight from the bottle. NDA's prices makes it affordable and I love this company for it.
Submited By: Anastasia from Spanaway, Washington on
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

With my first order I got a small bottle of Benzoin just based on the the scent description. It is now one of my favorite bases because of it's soft, warm, powdery scent. I have melted into warm coconut oil to make a balm for perfume solid tins and tx for cuts and burns.
Submited By: Mark from New York, New York on
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

Great value, high-quality benzoin. Great fixative in perfumery - a very mild, sweet base note, very useful. This one is the sweetest and mildest I've smelled, blends well with almost anything. Don't even bother with the reducer cap, this is way too thick - which is how it's supposed to be.
Submited By: Crystal from Port Moody, British Columbia on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

Goopy, gloppy wonderfulness!
Submited By: Yixi from Victoia, British Columbia on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

Just love this EO! The sweet and warm base note binds all other scent together. A must have for CP soaps.
Submited By: Stephanie from Sewell, New Jersey on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

This is a fantastic benzoin resin. Beautiful vanilla-amber fragrance and a fabulous price! LOVE!
Submited By: Rabecca from Columbus, Michigan on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

Just ordered and recieved for first time the Scent of Benzoin: It has a sweet, warm, vanillalike odor that is long lasting. Dissolve benzoin essential oil in your bath to ease muscle aches and pains. Run a hot bath and add 5 to 12 drops of benzoin. Swish the water around to disperse oil throughout the tub, and soak yourself to relax tense muscles. For added relief, pour a cup of milk or cream or a spoonful of honey into the water as well.
Submited By: Diane from West Hartford, Connecticut on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

Benzion has a nice, light, vanilla like fragrance. Uplifting, good for meditation. I use it in my crown chakra and heart chakra blends.
Submited By: Courtney from Lagrange, Indiana on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

I'm in love with benzoin. With toddlers it is a great scent and so mild in formulations. It is tricky to handle, must remove reducer - but worth it. Great value as well.
Submited By: Melissa from Corpus Christi, Texas on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

Oh my..the smell of this Benzoin is divine! Can't wait to use it with Lavender in a cold/flu season chest ointment.
Submited By: Heather from Colorado Springs, Colorado on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

This is the first time I have ever tried Benzoin. It's a quite lovely scent. I find it to be a warm yet soft vanilla fragrance. It's not over powering and almost as a hint of a vanilla extract aroma to it. I read that some described this as smelling like honey. I guess I can see how they said it does but I think it is more to the vanilla side. A lovely addition to my CP soap! And with True vanilla being almost impossible to use in CP, this is a great alternative! I give it 4 stars cause I wish it was just a tweek big bolder. But all the same I think this will definitely be a scent I use over and over again.
Submited By: Chloe from Waterloo, Iowa on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

I have worked with the resin before and wasnt sure how this would smell. I love it. Someone said it was a honey smell, I think its like a dark fruity honey. Its so yummy.
Submited By: Benjamin from South Point, Ohio on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

This is a great EO. I already knew what to expect when it comes to the thick syrup-like quality of Benzoin, so no complaints there. I've used this oil before as a binding agent for making stick incense. Very lightly coat one end of the stick in benzoin, roll it in your powedered incense mixture, et voila! As for the fragrance, Benzoin is very subtle. I find the scent closer to faint warm honey with a slight woodsy note, rather than vanilla. Essential oils are not always prized for just the way they smell. In EO blends, I typically use Benzoin when I want to "warm up" the scent of other EOs. Think of this oil as one you can build upon with other oils, and you'll be surprised what you can come up with.
Submited By: Stacey from Toronto, Ontario on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

This product is much harder to work with than other essential oils until you get the hang of it. However, it is worth the work it takes to get to know it. The smell of this product is divine, and it is unbelievably healing. In addition it is a powerful, natural preservative. Highly recommend it!
Submited By: April from Flagstaff, Arizona on
Loyal Customer Since: 2009
Rating: Star

I absolutely love the smell of this benzoin. It is thick but as other reviewers have said, mixes easy when you get it out of the bottle.
Submited By: Natalie from Ottawa, Ontario on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

This oil is very thick and sticky, but when you scoop it out and mix it with other oils it blends easily. I mixed it with cinnamon leaf and cardamom for a chai scent. Lovely!
Submited By: Lucie from Calgary, Alberta on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

Absolutely delicious! Excellent with bergamot and other citrusy smells. But really viscous, hard to measure out of the bottle
Submited By: Juanita from East Burke, Vermont on
Loyal Customer Since: 2008
Rating: Star

This product is a little difficult to work with but well worth the effort. A very natural, gentle vanilla scent that if used sparingly, doesn't discolor. A must have scent.
Submited By: Lisanne from St. Catharines, Ontario on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

What a wonderfully rich warm scent! Mixed with Frankincense & Myrrh, I think it would be an absolutely wonderful spiritual scent.. ! Even though it's VERY viscous, I can't wait to make a room spray out of this..
Submited By: Marie from Gatineau, Quebec on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

I did not know this oil before and I'm glad New Directions has sent me an email to promote it 'cause I'm extremely pleased with the smell! Can't wait to do the receipe with the shea butter that New Directions also had provided with their news letter.
Submited By: Vanice from Cambridge, Ontario on
Loyal Customer Since: 2005
Rating: Star

This Benzoin has a wonderful vanilla type scent and is perfect as a base in blending scents for all matter of products. Makes a lovely scent when blended with orange and ginger to use in a burner or with rose for bath salts.
Submited By: Judith from Baltimore, Maryland on
Loyal Customer Since: 2006
Rating: Star

Nice scent, kind of hard to work with since it is a resin. I usually just take off the orifice reducer and drop it out.
Submited By: Kristal from Las Vegas, Nevada on
Loyal Customer Since: 2008
Rating: Star

I am not sure what to do with this thick oil, not the best smell, it was in some receips so I just had to try it. I love the fact that I can experiement or take a chance without spending an arm and a leg! I have tried many different distributors over the years, cant believe it took me this long to find NDA. I am satisfied with EVERYTHING! Customer service is excellent, prices are great! I am so glad to have found you, no more switching up, looking for this and that! NDA has EVERYTHING!! THANK YOU I am a forever customer now!
Submited By: Karen from Spring Hill, Florida on
Loyal Customer Since: 2007
Rating: Star

Beautiful and soft vanilla like scent. A great addition to sweeten and soften blends. Great quality highly recommend.
Submited By: Kassia from Grand Junction, Colorado on
Loyal Customer Since: 2008
Rating: Star

I can see how this would be great in scent blends with other oils. It's smell is subtle and sweet.
Submited By: Patty from Darwin, Minnesota on
Loyal Customer Since: 2007
Rating: Star

I am just starting out in essential oils and Benzoin is thick and takes a little patience to use but it works the best.