Adam Michael has this to say “This material is obtained by making incisions into the trunk of the Pistacia lentiscus tree. Liquid oleo-resin seeps out the incisions, once hardened this material is collected and steam distilled to produce essential oil. The colour is crystal clear and of a pourable viscosity. It is worth noting essential oil is also produced by steam distilling the leaves. The aroma is clean, balsamic, turpentine crisp, dry woody and forest morning pine needle fresh. Therapeutically this material is antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic and expectorant.”

Arctander has this to say “It is occasionally used in citrus colognes, lavender-fougeres, etc. as a top note ingredient, lending a certain naturalness and bitter-balsamic tonality to these perfume types.”

Botanical Name: Pistacia lentiscus L

Origin: Morocco