Our Benzoin Resinoid diluted in DPG (Styrax benzoin) is a pourable form of Benzoin resinoid that we offer specifically for use by perfumers. This product is not appropriate for therapeutic use. Often it is sold as either pure or diluted in DPG, is sold on many companies’ websites as “Benzoin essential oil” so be careful when purchasing.
Our Benzoin resinoid diluted in DPG is wildcrafted. Without the addition of DPG, it is a semi-solid paste. When diluted with DPG, it is still quite thick but “pourable”. We think it has a very fine aroma – earthy with a sweet, almost vanilla like smell. It carries a low risk for skin sensitization but can cause reactions if used on hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin. Another name for it is “Onycha”.
DPG, or 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. It is a virtually odorless and colorless liquid with relatively low toxicity.
Dipropylene glycol is often used in the perfume and cosmetic industries because of its low toxicity and solvent properties that make it a useful additive for perfumes as well as skin and hair care products. The form of DPG used as a diluent in cosmetics and perfumes is considered relatively safe and is one of the few solvents that will work to make Benzoin resinoid more useable.
Seeking an alternative? Try our Benzoin, Extruded. You’ll be surprised at the differences between these two oils.
Safety Considerations: Benzoin resinoid is for use in perfumery and not appropriate for therapeutic use. Tisserand and Young (2014) report a 2% maximum safe concentration for use on the skin. I prefer a greater dilution – something closer to 1%. Try different variations to get the aroma that you’re seeking but don’t go greater than 2%.
All our Artisan Aromatics essential oils, aromatherapy blends and oil products are therapeutic quality. Using our 20+ years of experience, we’ve gathered the finest quality oils from around the world. To ensure that our oils are as fresh and potent as possible, our oils are bottled by hand here in the USA only after we receive each order.
IMPORTANT: All issues that pertain to your physical or mental health should be discussed with and supervised by a licensed health care professional. Keep all essential oils away from and out of reach of children. We recommend you consult a trained aromatherapist before using essential oils with children under 16 years of age. Always follow the general safety guidelines for using essential oils; these can be accessed by clicking the link below.
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