Benzoin of Siam (aka. Thai Benzoin)is a very fragrant, hard and richly marbled orange resin obtained from the Styrax genus. Native to southeast Asia, this benzoin resin evaporates mostly when heated upon a hot charcoal. While the smoke produced by Benzoin of Siam has amazing vanilla and spice notes, it can often be so potent as to be overpowering. It is recommended to use this incense in very small quantities and with adequate ventilation. While smoldering Benzoin of Siam upon a hot charcoal is always an option, we often prefer to use it by heating in indirectly. While sharing characteristics with its cousin S. benzoin, S. tonkinensis is much more potent and lacking the balsamic undertones. Benzoin of Siam has long be used as a fragrance, flavoring and as incense throughout the world. Though typically associated with the Water element, we feel that its forcefulness may lend it to work adequately with Fire as well. Mars is typically thought to be its celestial body.
Styrax tonkinensis is found in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Chinese provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Zhejiang
Benzoin of Siam, Lao Benzointree, Siam Benzoin, Thai Benzoin, Yue nan an xi xiang (Chinese)
Italian: Benzoino Siam
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