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amber, musk, olibanum ( frankincense ), cedar. Well benzoin must be one of the 19 notes in the formula , because benzoin it is - that vanilla , caramel minerally thing that I love to burn as incense . On my skin , not so much . This opens as a very warm amber on skin , given depth and texture by resinous cedar , and a cool churchy vibe by the tart medicinal frankincense . It has a slightly bitter metallic quality that irritates me after awhile , but is not loud with clanging bells like some ambers can be . Moscow ? You can keep this one .
Luckily for me I have yet to fall in love with any of the hard to get Le Labo's . How about you ? Leave a comment and be entered to win a sample of Benjoin 19 !
There are about 130 species of large shrubs or small trees in the genus Styrax which are native to warm temperate to tropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere and across the equator in South America. Styrax benzoin is a fast growing tree that ranges in height from about 15 to well over 100 feet. Its fragrant clusters of silky white blossoms are followed by 2 inch round fruits that hold one or two round seeds. The bark of the tree, covered with a silky whitish down, contains the valuable aromatic resin. The trunk must be slashed / wounded where the resin begins to flow and form " tears " . This is what is used in perfumery .