Benzoe sumatra
Sumatra
Benzoe Sumatra
The island of sumatra is home of the styrax benzoin tree which produces a heavenly resin that smell like a freshly baked sweet cake.

Latin name: Styrax benzoin

Harvest location: Sumatra (Indonesia)

Scent: sweet, vanilla and cinnamon notes, spicy
Description
We import both Benzoe sumatra and Benzoe siam. The Benzoe sumatra is slightly different from the Benzoe siam in color and also in the fragrance profile.

The scent of benzoin is very intense and you need very little of it when used as incense. The scent is particularly effective when mixed with other resins and woods.

When used as incense, benzoin has a very relaxing and calming effect, especially on our emotions and stressed nerves.

Benzoin resin comes from the benzoin tree, a shrubby deciduous tree that belongs to the styrax family. The benzoin tree has grayish bark, leaves as we know them from our deciduous trees, but beautifully fragrant white flowers. The bark of the tree is removed so that a yellowish resin seeps out of the wound: the precious and sweet-smelling benzoin resin.
Although there are numerous benzoin trees and varieties, the resin from Sumatra and Siam are the best known. The Benzoe Siam resin (Styrax tonkinensis) grows in many places around the world, such as Vietnam and Thailand, while the Benzoe Sumatra resin (Styrax benzoin) grows, as the name suggests, only in Sumatra.

Both benzoin species look very similar, but the benzoin resin from Sumatra is sometimes a bit darker and more reddish than the resin from Siam. The scent is also very similar: vanilla, sweetish. But there are subtle differences in the fragrance profile here as well. The benzoin resin from Siam has a distinct vanilla scent and contains benzoic acid, but no cinnamic acid.

The benzoin resin from Sumatra is very similar to the scent of the resin from Siam, but it has a more distinct styrax scent and also contains cinnamic acid. So it smells a little spicier and not as intensely vanilla like as benzoin from Siam.