LIKE A PERFUME OF SUAVE TEARSpublished on 2020-04-27
Balsamic resins from Southeast Asia
For a fragrance design , we must olfactively evaluate different benzoin resinoïd extracts that will enter into the formula.
There are two species of benzoin tree: Styrax tonkinensis, native to ancient Siam and Tonkin & Styrax benzoin, which grow widely in Sumatra and Malaysia.
From a perfumer’s point of view, these two gums should be considered as two separate products.
This is the reason why for this project, we chose resinoids from different suppliers of benzoin, known as Siam.
Benzoin Siam is characterized by its benzoic acid content (10 to 12%).
For that coming from Indonesia and Malaysia, a cinnamic character of the styrax type defines it.
Both varieties contain vanillin but this molecule is more present in benzoin called Siam.