Originally Posted by mumsy
That is an unfortunate reaction because tincture of benzoin has been used for years to heal damaged skin. They used to soak bandages in it using the medical version.
What strength was your tincture?
What benzoin did you use and what did you tincture it in?
Have you been allergic to many perfumes before?
Strength unknown dropped a small qnty of crystal unscientifically into
10mls of ethanol and tinctures till I could smell it although it wasn't strong. Maybe about
1 gm worth of crystal. Styrax benzoides labelled Siam benzoin.
I'm not an allergy prone person, never had a reaction to anything either
Commercial or EO before. But I am curiously allergic to Aloe Vera, it burns my skin.
But that's it as far as I know. So saying that I have not knowingly been exposed to actual
Benzoin before, never used friars balsam or similar. The part if my skin where I applied it
Didn't burn or colour. I put it on my wrist. But I got an intense burning sensation around my mouth and eyes. I wished my face. Thoroughly in clean water and soap but the burning sensation didn't cease for over an hour
After that. This was the only new substance I had touched that day. I read up the net about reactions to this and it appears burning and itching are often not limited to place of application. I'd test it again if it wasn't such an unpleasant experience and a tad scary. It's one for the incense burner I think.