Liquidambar (Styrax)

Liquidambar styraciflua L.

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We searched for many years to find a high-quality, authentic hexane-free Liquidambar resinoid. This is it, and we are happy to offer it to you. The aroma of our Liquidambar (Styrax), also known as Sweet Gum, is very rich, sweet-balsamic, faintly floral and somewhat spicy, with resinous, animalic, amber-like undertones.

Size

Selected size SKU:570-015 - Liquidambar (Styrax) 15 ml (1/2 oz) (w/ orifice reducer)

Sample 1 ml (1/30 oz)
$2.00
15 ml (1/2 oz)
$14.50
30 ml (1 oz)
$24.75
59.14 ml (2 oz)
$42.50
118.29 ml (4 oz)
$75.25
236.58 ml (8 oz)
$137.00
473.17 ml (16 oz)
$254.50
1 kg (2 1/5 lb)
$469.25
$2.00
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Product Overview

We searched for many years to find a high-quality, authentic hexane-free Liquidambar resinoid. This is it, and we are happy to offer it to you. The aroma of our Liquidambar (Styrax), also known as Sweet Gum, is very rich, sweet-balsamic, faintly floral and somewhat spicy, with resinous, animalic, amber-like undertones. A unique styrene top note of hydrocarbon character displays as a characteristic ‘gasoline-type’ (some say ‘metallic’) odor that mellows to a great extent with time and usually becomes odorless.[1]

While Liquidambar may not appeal to everyone, this unusual material can be used to enhance a formula when used in small amounts and is best used as a component of a composition, rather than on its own.[2] Because of its content of high boiling constituents, “it acts as a most efficient odor fixative.”[3] Perhaps this explains in part why it was one of the most valued of ancient perfumes; it was also burned as an altar incense.[4] In modern times, it is used in quality perfumes – for example, the classics of Tweed (1933) by Lenthéric[5], Chanel No 5 (1921) by Chanel[6], and Apres l’Ondèe (1906) by Guerlain[7].

It is especially hard to find a Liquidambar resinoid that has a pleasant aroma – numerous materials on the perfumery market offered as true Liquidambar are quite often compounded.[8] There is also a lot of discussion around the irritancy and allergenic potential of Styrax, although much of it seems based on ‘poor’ data and misinformation. This product is actually prohibited by the IFRA due to this potentially faulty data,[9] however Styrax consistently shows very low percentages of these occurrences – and typically only in individuals with prior sensitization issues.

PLEASE NOTE: A component in Liquidambar (Styrax) called styrene is in the chemical class of vinyls; while styrene blends with fixed (carrier) oils, most alcohol is too polar (water content too high) to dissolve these molecules and will either precipitate out or cause cloudiness. Our experience is that only slight cloudiness occurs when Liquidambar is combined with 190 proof alcohol.

1 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, pp. 600-601.

2 Ibid.

3 Guenther, Ernest. The Essential Oils, Vol. V, 1985, p. 254.

4 Miller, Richard and Iona Miller. The Magical and Ritual Use of Perfumes, 1990, p. 69.

5 Groom, Nigel. The New Perfume Handbook, 2nd ed., 1997, pp. 317-8.

6 Calkin, Robert and J Stephan Jellinek. Perfumery Practice and Principles, 1994, p. 117.

7 https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Guerlain/Apres-l-Ondee-13.html

8 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, pp. 600-601.

9 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 433.

10 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, pp. 600-601.

11 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 432.

12 Ibid.

13 https://ifrafragrance.org/safe-use/library , CAS No. 8024-01-9 and others.

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Customer Reviews

unearthly

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This is one of the best things I have ever smelled in my life. It's right up there with Cistus ladanifer. I hope to use Liquidambar in lotions, especially those that contain Sandalwood for therapeutic purposes. I just can't love Sandalwood of any kind; some days it even smells like old oxidized cooking oil to me. But I just applied some Sandalwood to my skin, then added a touch of Liquidambar, and the two together became heavenly.

Review by Carolyn 8/25/2023

Outstanding

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Styrax is one of those which you might smell and dislike at first approach. It has a very dry floral and woody scent, slightly spiced and honeyed. Outstanding in a composition.

Review by MountainWitch 1/8/2021

Very strong undiluted

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I got this to make sweetgum incense. When I first opened it and smelled directly from the bottle, it was super strong, overpowering and did not smell like sweetgum at all. I was really disappointed but after a few days I tried smelling the box it had been in and then realized it smelled really nice and just like sweetgum!! So just keep in mind that the scent is VERY concentrated and it needs to be diffused or mixed to be enjoyed best. Thank you, great job!

Review by Great Scent Recreation 12/30/2020

Styrax

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This styrax actually blends very well with Eden Agarwood just to let everyone know.

Review by Israel 5/2/2019

Not like the description

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I was really excited to try this skytrax. However the batch that i received (570-3 lot 8) was disappointing for me. It has a strong balsamic+animal-pee like aroma, so it is not really a pleasant smell for me. I cant imagine to use it in any mix unless it is super diluted.

Review by Feyza 12/22/2017

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