A resinous substance, dry and brittle, obtained from the Styrax benzoin, a tree of Sumatra, Java, etc., having a fragrant odor, and slightly aromatic taste. It is used in the preparation of benzoic acid, in medicine, and as a perfume.
Latin name: Styrax benzoin. Resin recognized as a purifier by ancient cultures and burned as an offering to gods. Benzoin has a warm, vanilla-like scent. Some traditional uses: incense, preservative in cosmetics, fixative in scents, skin care. Benzoin is believed to be antidepressant, anti-inlammatory, antiseptic, and sedative. Used as a fixative in some Nebula products