Tolu Balsam Essential Oil
Active Ingredient: 15 % cinnamic acid, benzoic acid
Botanical Name: Myroxylon toluiferum
Plant Part: Resin
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: The resinous balsam is derived from the trunk of a tree known as Myroxylon. These trees are large growing upwards of 40 meters and native to Central America. Balsam resin, once dry, is scraped off and purified to make the essential oil.
Color: Yellow, brown color liquid.
Common Uses: Tolu Balsam Essential Oil is used in cough medicines and helps alleviate congestion. It has a very soft aroma, and adds a resinous note to a blend in perfumery. Tolu Balsam Essential Oil is commonly used as a fixative and fragrance component in soaps, detergents, creams, lotions and perfumes (e.g. Ormonde Jayne Luxury Perfumes).
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Ginger, Jasmine, Lavender, Patchouli, Pepper Black, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.
Aromatic Scent: Vanilla and cinnamon soft aroma.
History: According to early Spanish chronicles, Tolu Balsam owes its name to the native peoples, Tolúes, that used to be the inhabitants of a place now known as Tolú, a small town in northern Colombia (South America).