It is mostly a oil similar to the oil balsam of peru,but with few distinctions. It is cultivated from the plant Myroxylon toluiferum.The Origin of the name Tolu balsam can be traced back to Tolú, a town and municipality in Sucre Department, northern Colombia.It is also said it was name of the precolumbian native people occupying this area.
RESIN: - Tolu resin is exeduated from the trunk of the tree by inflicting into the bark, in response to that tree produces ayellow-brown r near solid material which is collected as thick drops. The cold material fractures like flint and is stored for use in pharmaceuticals and perfumery. The dry resin has a complex aroma consisting chiefly of cinnamon and vanilla, while at the same time it has a floral aroma that is inviting and soft.
ESSENTIAL OIL:-ESSENTIAL oil is extracted from the resin by distiilation process.The oil is of amber color and viscous in nature.It has sweet peppry,balsamic odor.
CHEMICAl CONTITUENTS:- Tolu balsam oil consists of cinnamein, cinnamic acid, Benzoic acid benzylic benzoate, and benzylic cinnamate and vanillin.
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