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Balsam, Peru Essential Oil
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Peru balsam has a sweet and rich, balsamic, vanilla-like aroma.

Botanical Name: Myroxylon balsamum L.pereirae

Common Name: Balsam, Peru

Form: Essential Oil

Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Synonyms: Myroxylon toluiferum Kunth, Myroxylon balsamum var. balsamum, Balsam of Peru, Peruvian balsam, Black balsam

Origin: Native to Central America, but growing in a very limited area and production mainly takes place in San Salvador, but also Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico.

Botanical Description: A large tropical tree up to 20-meters (66 ft) high, with a very smooth straight trunk. Has very fragrant flowers and beautiful foliage. The balsam is collected from the bark exudates in the form of a dark brown or amber semi-solid mass. The balsam is an oleoresin containing 25-30% resinous material and 60-65% essential oil.

Method of Extraction: The resin-free essential oil is obtained from the crude balsam by high vacuum dry distillation. The oil can also be co-distilled from the resin using solvents. The oil is a pale amber to reddish-brown slightly viscous liquid.

Aroma Profile: Peru Balsam has a top note that is rich and deeply sweet, a slightly vanilla-like middle note and a tenacious, balsamic dry out note.

Major Constituents: Benzyl cinnamate, benzyl benzoate, nerolidol

Common Adulterants: Benzyl alcohol

Regulatory Status: GRAS 182.20

Aroma Benefits: anchoring, strengthening, exotic

Blends Well With: Patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang, also oriental bases

Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. Possible contact allergen.

Directories: Essential Oils

Description: Peru balsam has a sweet and rich, balsamic, vanilla-like aroma.

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