Balsam of Peru Essential Oil

Latin Name:Myroxlon balsamum var. pereirae
Country of Origin:El Salvador
Extraction Method:Steam distillation
Plant Part(s):Resin

Balsam of Peru oil has a rich, vanilla-like aroma, making it a cost-effective substitute in natural perfumery when a sweet vanilla note is desired. Balsam of Peru oil is primarily produced along the Balsam Coast where El Salvador meets the Pacific Ocean. This richly forested area features balsam trees that are desired for their shade and often planted on coffee plantations.

A little goes a long way with this rich oil! Use it sparingly in blends.


Balsam of Peru is typically known as Peru Balsam, however this name is somewhat misleading. In the past, balsam was transported by land from El Salvador to coastal cities of Peru — from these ports, the balsam was shipped to other countries, thus acquiring the misconceptions of its origin.

Balsam of Peru is known to help aid with nervous tension and grief, warm a cold heart and promote creativity.

This product has not been evaluated by the CFIA or Health Canada. This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We recommend consulting with a certified health practitioner or aromatherapist before beginning therapeutic use.

Scent Profile

Balsam of Peru is a base/fixative note. It is animalic, heavy, smoky, sweet and resembles vanilla in scent.


Blends well with anise, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, jasmine, orange, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang.

Contraindications / Safety

Can cause delayed irritation in those with sensitive skin and those who are hyperallergic. It is recommended that a patch test is performed on the skin for those who are sensitive or suffering from skin conditions such as eczema. Do not use on children. A .05% - 1% dilution is recommended in blends.

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