Benzoin Resinoid

Benzoin Resinoid
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Product Rating: 4.8/5 (As per 75 Customer Reviews)

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Botanical Name: Styrax benzoin

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

Plant Part: Resin

Origin: India

Processing Method: Solvent Extraction with benzyl benzoate

Description / Color / Consistency: This resin is a thick brown, viscous liquid.

Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: Benzoin oil has a sweet, warm and vanilla-like aroma that is used as a base note with a medium aroma.

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

Product Abstract: The Benzoin tree originates in 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-colored sap exudes. When the resinous lump becomes hard and brittle, it is collected from the bark. It is then cleaned and processed by solvent extraction to produce the thick, resinous oil. Also known as Gum Benjamin, Benzoin is one of the classic ingredients of incense, and it has been widely used in perfumery. We recommend placing the bottle in a very hot water bath, changing the water frequently and once it is back to the liquid state, gently agitate before use.

Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.

Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping), be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.

IMPORTANT: All New Directions Aromatics (NDA) products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner. Please refer to our policies for further details, and our disclaimer below.

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Rating: Star
Has a light vanilla-like smell. It is also very thick and needs to be "melted" in warm water or shaken really well to be incorporated into other oils.

By: Melissa , Canastota, New York
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Loyal Customer Since: 31-Jan-2015


Rating: Star
I have found my personal favorite! I love this scent so much that I put it in the soap that I made. I also made a massage and a perfume oil with this. The oil is so thick and the scent is so strong that you do not need much. I will be buying a larger bottle next time because I so not want to run out.

By: Khali , Renton, Washington
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Loyal Customer Since: 27-Jul-2015


Rating: Star
Has a very sweet, sugary scent. I loved the scent and the price so I bought a lot, but I'm very wary of it being a skin sensitizer so I don't use a lot. A little goes a long way though, so I'm overall happy with this product.

By: Suni, Lehigh Acres, Florida
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Loyal Customer Since: 16-Nov-2012


Rating: Star
When other reviewers say "thick", they are not kidding. Think cold molasses. Introduced this into a chai blend inside a 16 oz bottle. It stayed layered at the bottom when undisturbed but after I capped the bottle and shook it up it has stayed blended with the thinner oils. I've checked it without touching several times over the last few weeks and still no separation. I got this as a substitute for vanilla in CP soap. Although the smell is very "cream soda" out of the bottle, the finished products that I make tend to just have a general sweet smell. Not super definable vanilla, just generally sweet. A wonderful addition to my collection and you can't argue with that price.

By: Aaron, La Grande, Oregon
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Loyal Customer Since: 19-Feb-2014


Rating: Star
I have purchased Benzoin from other suppliers, then tried this from New Directions, and this is my favorite Benzoin, it smells lovely with a vanilla like scent. It is thick, but blends well with other essential oils. I use it in body butters, and handmade soaps, and they have all turned out great.

By: Sandra, hiram, Georgia
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Loyal Customer Since: 12-Jul-2014


Rating: Star
I recommend this resin to everyone -- its heavenly viscosity, the delicious vanilla-like scent. I have yet to use this in any products, but it is great in blends, softening and sweetening anything. I could smell this all day long. Incredible and I am so glad I bought a larger size than I usually would have while testing a new oil.

By: Kelly, North Babylon, New York
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Loyal Customer Since: 21-Jan-2012


Rating: Star
Wow. I am so, so glad that I made this purchase. I had wondered how to incorporate a rich vanilla scent without using fragrance oil, and this is absolutely perfect.

By: Eden, Monterey, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 17-Apr-2015


Rating: Star
This EO is wonderful. A soft base note that contributes to a subtle, feminine scent. As others have said, it is reminiscent of cream soda or vanilla, with a very very faint touch of black licorice. Challenging to deal with its viscosity - almost impossible to work with on its own - but a hot water bath & dilution is a straightforward fix. My favorite thing about Benzoin EO is that it mixes well with nearly everything. It'll give a subtle sweetness even to powerhouses like Lemongrass or Patchouli. However, there's a fine line b/c it can easily be overpowered.

By: Michael, Los Angeles, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 13-Jan-2015


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.

By: Eric, Manalapan, New Jersey
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Loyal Customer Since: 26-Feb-2014


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!

By: Robert, Prescot, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 29-Oct-2013


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.

By: Chana, NEW YORK, New York
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Feb-2014


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.

By: Silvia, Riverside, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 15-Apr-2013


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!

By: Coletta, Streetsboro, Ohio
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Loyal Customer Since: 20-Aug-2008


Rating: Star
sweet and with an amber-like, vanilla tinge. So happy that I purchased the 3.3 oz! It will last me forever!

By: Anna, Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Loyal Customer Since: 06-Jun-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.

By: Anna, Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Loyal Customer Since: 06-Jun-2014


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!

By: Julie, Massillon, Ohio
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Loyal Customer Since: 29-May-2012


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.

By: Sarah, Temecula, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 27-Sep-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!

By: Jacqueline, leesport, Pennsylvania
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Loyal Customer Since: 29-Jan-2013


Rating: Star
In the bottle it smells exactly like cream soda. Watch out, it will ruin clothing. Makes great incense.

By: Sarah, Friday Harbor, Nevada
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Loyal Customer Since: 08-Sep-2009


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.

By: Harry, Memphis, Tennessee
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Loyal Customer Since: 30-Jul-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.

By: Alina, Budd Lake, New Jersey
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Loyal Customer Since: 06-May-2013


Rating: Star
This Benzoin is lovely and a staple in my lineup. Will not be without.

By: Julie, Watertown, New York
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Loyal Customer Since: 18-Sep-2009


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.

By: Sarah, gilmanton, New Hampshire
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Loyal Customer Since: 30-Apr-2012


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.

By: Jaipreet, Livermore, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Oct-2011


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.

By: M., Irving, Texas
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Loyal Customer Since: 11-Sep-2012


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.

By: Breanne, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Loyal Customer Since: 15-Jan-2013


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.

By: Tiffany, Morrisville, Pennsylvania
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Loyal Customer Since: 24-Dec-2012


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.

By: Stacey, Paris, Illinois
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Loyal Customer Since: 20-Nov-2011


Rating: Star
Smooth,woody,vanilla aroma with a touch of spiciness. Tricky to work with, but well worth it. Great price too.

By: Patrick, Langley, Washington
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Loyal Customer Since: 17-Jul-2012


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.

By: Tuan, Toronto, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-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.

By: Basil, Woodbridge, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


Rating: Star
Have been using this Benzoin for a long time. It is a wonderful product & wonderful quality. Do not hesitate!

By: Julie, Watertown, New York
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Loyal Customer Since: 18-Sep-2009


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.

By: Steven, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Loyal Customer Since: 11-Dec-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.

By: David, Los Angeles, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 08-May-2011


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.

By: Tanya, Lacey, Washington
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Loyal Customer Since: 11-Jan-2012


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.

By: Cindy, Angus, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-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.

By: Jan, Oshawa, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


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.

By: Lauretta, san diego, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 19-Jun-2010


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.

By: Andrea, Katy, Texas
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Loyal Customer Since: 14-Mar-2011


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.

By: Susan, Whitby, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


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.

By: Krissandra, Moses Lake, Washington
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Loyal Customer Since: 13-Apr-2008


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!

By: Lory, Monroe, Wisconsin
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Loyal Customer Since: 17-Feb-2011


Rating: Star
So far everyone loves this scent. I have added it to several blends in cp soap, holds up really well.

By: Janmarie, Brookdale, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 19-Nov-2008


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.

By: Amy, Sept-Iles, Quebec
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-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).

By: Susan, Whitby, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


Rating: Star
Agreed, fantastic in blends. Offers a sweet, sultry layer...mmmm!

By: Jenny, St. Johns, Michigan
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Loyal Customer Since: 22-Aug-2010


Rating: Star
Beautifully sweet and lovely. Mixes nicely with woody scents, especially cedarwood.

By: Jenny, St. Johns, Michigan
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Loyal Customer Since: 22-Aug-2010


Rating: Star
I need a gallon of this resinoid...it creates an unbelievable base note for rose perfumes.....

By: Jefa, Calgary, Alberta
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


Rating: Star
Very thick but worth the trouble to work with. The fragrance is sweet and subtle and luxurious.

By: Diane, Toronto, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


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.

By: Hanna, Morrisville, North Carolina
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Loyal Customer Since: 08-Mar-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!

By: Amanda, philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Loyal Customer Since: 23-Jan-2010


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.

By: Heather, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Loyal Customer Since: 26-Aug-2009


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!!!!

By: Brandy, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


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.)

By: Henry, Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Loyal Customer Since: 22-Jul-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.

By: Audrey, Van Buren, Arkansas
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Loyal Customer Since: 18-May-2010


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.

By: Jourdain, Salinas, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 11-May-2009


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.

By: CHAINA, TORONTO, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


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.

By: Andrea, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Loyal Customer Since: 19-May-2009


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.

By: Anastasia, Spanaway, Washington
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Loyal Customer Since: 24-Mar-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.

By: Mark, New York, New York
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Loyal Customer Since: 02-Jan-2010


Rating: Star
Goopy, gloppy wonderfulness!

By: Crystal, Port Moody, British Columbia
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


Rating: Star
Just love this EO! The sweet and warm base note binds all other scent together. A must have for CP soaps.

By: Yixi, Victoia, British Columbia
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


Rating: Star
This is a fantastic benzoin resin. Beautiful vanilla-amber fragrance and a fabulous price! LOVE!

By: Stephanie, sewell, New Jersey
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Loyal Customer Since: 11-May-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.

By: Rabecca, Columbus, Michigan
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Loyal Customer Since: 24-Feb-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.

By: Diane, West Hartford, Connecticut
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Loyal Customer Since: 06-Aug-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.

By: Courtney, LaGrange, Indiana
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Loyal Customer Since: 29-Dec-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.

By: Melissa, Corpus Christi, Texas
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Loyal Customer Since: 28-Apr-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.

By: Heather, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Loyal Customer Since: 26-Aug-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.

By: Chloe, Waterloo, Iowa
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Loyal Customer Since: 28-Jun-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.

By: Benjamin, South Point, Ohio
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Loyal Customer Since: 03-May-2009


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!

By: Stacey, Toronto, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


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.

By: April, Flagstaff, Arizona
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 31-Jan-2009


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!

By: Natalie, ottawa, Ontario
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


Rating: Star
Absolutely delicious! Excellent with bergamot and other citrusy smells. But really viscous, hard to measure out of the bottle

By: Lucie, calgary, Alberta
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005


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.

By: Juanita, East Burke, Vermont
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Loyal Customer Since: 08-Sep-2008


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