Benzoin Resinoid (Diluted in DPG) (Styrax benzoin) from Indonesia is also know as “Onycha”.
Benzoin is Wildcrafted and diluted in a solvent. Without the addition of DPG, Bensoin is a semi-solid paste. You may see Benzoin Resinoid referred to as Benzoin Essential Oil but that is probably not the case. It is often used as if it were Benzoin Essential Oil but, it is not a true essential oil.
Benzoin is so thick that it must be diluted on a solvent. In this case, we use DPG to dilute the Benzoin. It is still quite thick but “pourable”.
Our Benzoin (diluted in DPG) has a very fine aroma and is used in perfumery. It carries a low risk for skin sensitization but can cause reactions if used on hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin.
Dipropylene glycol is a combination of three chemical compounds, 4-oxa-2,6-heptandiol, 2-(2-hydroxy-propoxy)-propan-1-ol, and 2-(2-hydroxy-1-methyl-ethoxy)-propan-1-ol. DPG is a virtually odorless and colorless liquid with relatively low toxicity.
Dipropylene glycol finds is used often in the perfume and cosmetic industries because of its low toxicity and solvent properties that make it an great additive for perfumes and skin and hair care products.
As a general rule, we recommend avoiding the use of chemical solvents but, DPG is relatively safe and is one of the few solvents that will work to make Benzoin more useable-pourable.
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution, refer to an aromatherapy text).
- The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not appropriate for treatment of illnesses.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
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