Gum Benjamin, also known as Benzoin resin or styrax resin is a reddish brown , aromatic balsamic resin obtained from the bark of several species of trees in the genus Styrax benzoin grown on the island of Sumatra. Deep incisions are made in the trunk of the tree, from which the grayish colored sap exudes. Once The resinous lump becomes hard and brittle, it is carefully collected from the bark.
Gum Benzoin is used in perfumes, some kinds of incense, as a flavoring and medicine. It is a common ingredient in incense-making and perfumery because of its vanilla ice-cream aroma and fixative properties slowing the dispersion of essential oils and other fragrance materials into the air
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Gum benzoin is the largest component of the type of church incense used in Russia also used in the production of Bakhoor - the enticing Arabic بخور - scented wood chips