Shelf Life: 8 years
Plant Part: Resin
Perfume Note: Base
Aroma: Sweet, rich, smooth, balsamic with honey, caramel and vanilla-like notes
Blends well with: Spice, Woods and Florals; especially well with Black Pepper, Lotus Pink, Neroli, Osmanthus, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang Extra, Ylang Ylang Complete
Most Balsam of Peru essential oil is quite viscous (thick to semi-solid) and difficult to blend with other aromatic oils without warming. Our search for a less viscous Peru Balsam oil brought about the discovery of a small artisan distiller producing a rich yet mobile oil (needs no warming to liquefy), that is quite simply an absolute must have for any natural perfumer's repertoire. A bit more costly than thicker versions but well worth it!
We highly recommend this tenacious oil for spice, floral, and oriental note perfumes and blends. The rich, sweet, smooth, caramel, vanilla notes in this Balsam of Peru make it an excellent base note fixative in perfumes. Because Balsam of Peru naturally contains vanillin, that is where the lovely, but unique, sweet balsamic caramel honeyed vanilla notes originate from. Whether for natural perfume, soap or candle creations, this Balsam of Peru imparts an almost edible aroma.
Aroma-therapeutically, Balsam of Peru has traditionally been used for addressing a multitude of skin disorders, rheumatism, and respiratory conditions because of its antiseptic, antibacterial, and healing properties.
Why is Peru referenced in the name of this essential oil when it is actually from El Salvador? The common name Balsam of Peru comes from colonial times when the aromatic balsam was once exported from Peru to Europe for medicinal purposes. The slender yet towering Myroxylon balsamum tree now grows extremely well on mountain sides in El Salvador between 500-1500 meters and renders a very aromatic resin that is harvested twice per year. The resin is collected from incisions made in the tree and does not come from fallen trees, although there are considerable conservation efforts in the El Salvador region that establish sound ecological practices, harvesting, and replanting of this otherwise 'wild growing' tree.