Fragrance notes Benzoin
Comfortable, calming, and warm are the adjectives that people would use to describe the smell of benzoin – a resin that comes from trees of the genus Styrax. It is mostly grown in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra. Benzoin is made by inflicting a wound deep enough on the wood that leads to the formation of channels through which resinous secretions are produced. Later on, workers collect solidified and dried substances in a form of lumps and tears and sell them at a high price on local markets.
The history of benzoin
Benzoin is a traditional ingredient, popular since ancient times. People use it for many purposes due to its many benefits. It is great for sensitive and dry skin that is prone to psoriasis and eczema and also aids in the speedier healing of wounds and scars. Medicine also well knows its disinfectant properties but also uses it to help relax muscles, which is very important for battling stress. You will see many high-profile massage centers using it for their affluent clientele.
This resin is part of many cultures and their rituals. In ancient Egypt, it was used for embalming, while in India it is used during prayer because of the belief that it heals the spirit and contributes to spirituality. It is run there under the name Sambrani.
Indian women even use it to dry their hair in the form of smoke because they believe it dries faster, leaving their hair fragrant and velvety. And if there’s one thing these women are famed for, it’s their long, black, beautiful, silky hair.
You can do this ceremony with the assistance of one person; however, keep in mind that you should use Sambrani for this purpose and keep your hair far from the smoke.
How does it smell?
Benzoin is known for its soothing vanillic scent, which envelops you and makes you feel comfortable and calm. Because of their durability and longevity, resins like this are frequently employed as base notes. Because of its viscosity, it has an adsorption effect, leaving a coating that traps other essences and slows their evaporation from the skin. Benzoin, like sandalwood and vanilla, stays true to its nature during the entire evaporation time. So the opening and drydown smell are pretty much the same.
Like other resins, it is soluble in alcohol but not in water. Its delicate scent blends with just about everything. Too much benzoin, on the other hand, can mask the fragrance of other substances. Benzoin is a common element in perfumes, and because of its mild and pleasant scent, it’s considered a true classic.
You can choose from the following perfumes if you want an everyday perfume with a fragrant note of benzoin that will comfort you and make you feel good in your skin:
- Absolute Pour le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
- Ambre Sultan Serge Lutens
- Benjoin 19 Moscow Le Labo
- Benjoin Boheme Diptyque
- Bois d’Armenie Guerlain
- Caftan Yves Saint Laurent
- Coromandel Chanel
- Feve Delicieuse Dior
- Jardin d’Erevan Arman Manoukian Parfums
- Labdanum de Seville L’Occitane en Provence
- Pi Extreme Givenchy
- Candy Prada
- Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum
- Sable Fauve Yves Rocher
- Tabac Rouge Phaedon
- Terre d’Hermes Hermes
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