10 Recipes with Peru Balsam Essential Oil- Myroxylon balsamum



It’s 10 recipes time! Today we will feature the absolutely beautiful oil called Peru Balsam or Tolu Balsam.

This beautiful oil, is like a combination of benzoin and vanilla.

Peru Balsam is sweet and soft and has warming stimulating properties reportedly to be a great treatment for skin conditions. I suppose over-use of the oil can lead to the opposite effect – skin irritations.  I have never seen any negative results from using this oil and actually love to use it as a perfume. It’s fantastic for vapourising to act as a soothing agent to stress, and add some sweetness and healing energy into the room. It is like a balm for the soul and when you take a deep whiff, it’s almost like you can smell a protective honeycomb, multi-dimensional energy field.

Peru balsam - pic via www.fragrantica.com

Peru balsam – pic via http://www.fragrantica.com

1.Nourishing Body Oil Blend

For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil.

***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.

For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and  “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”

“Sweet, Soft Skin”

A beautiful oil to nourish your skin –

Peru balsam       2 drops

Lavender            3 drops

Geranium           2 drops


“I Feel So Lovely”

Simply love your skin –

Peru Balsam   3 drops

Myrrh              1 drop

Rose 3%        9 drops   * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba


Classic oil burner with a twist pic via top3.com.au

Classic oil burner with a twist pic via top3.com.au

3. Scent Your Space

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil

“Loving Myself Especially Well Today”

Be kind to yourself –

Peru Balsam         12 drops

Lemon Myrtle          5 drops

Bergamot               8 drops


“Calm Down Kids!”

Explains itself really –

Peru Balsam      13 drops

Orange              10 drops

Vetiver                 2 drops


Anoint your third eye and breathe! pic via buelahman.wordpress.com

Anoint your third eye and breathe! pic via buelahman.wordpress.com

4. Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!

“Angels Protect Me”

Know that you ARE protected –

Peru Balsam    2 drops

Clove               1 drop


“Get Me to The Church on Time”

A calming blend on a nervous kind of day –

Peru balsam  1 drop

Bergamot      2 drops


“Soothing Balm for the Soul”

Relax –

Peru Balsam   1 drop

Frankincense  2 drops


a simple hairdressing mist bottle will do the trick for your amazing essential oil mist

a simple hairdressing mist bottle will do the trick for your amazing essential oil mist

4. Personal Aura Cleansing Mist & Room Mist

In a 50ml mist bottle filled with water add 25 drops of oil

(depending on the packaging you have, you may need to use a little alcohol -like vodka- at the bottom of your bottle first, so the oils disperse into smaller drops to prevent clogging the atomiser top. I’ve found sometimes it works just with water, and sometimes it doesn’t – very annoying!)

“Spritz Away the Stress”

A quick mist can make all the difference

Peru Balsam  8 drops

Petitgrain       8 drops

Patchouli       4 drops

Lavender       5 drops



When you feel you need a layer of protection –

Peru Balsam            10 drops

Nutmeg                     3 drops

Orange                     10 drops

Sandalwood (Indian)   2 drops


“Yes I’m SIngle”

Be vulnerable yet powerful –

Peru Balsam      8 drops

Cinnamon          6 drops

Lemon             11 drops

Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas.See my article about intention.

copyright suzannerbanks 2013

11 thoughts on “10 Recipes with Peru Balsam Essential Oil- Myroxylon balsamum

  1. Ah, Suzanne!
    How synchronous: I’ve been wondering about Peru Balsam and have been addressing several of the concerns above. Am going out to get a few of the oils needed and blend immediately. Thrilled!
    Cheers from the snowy side, Jackie

  2. Hi Suzanne,
    The oils arrived: Peru Balsam, Australian Lemon Myrtle, Frankincense (France) and Patchouly (India). At first sniff when I opened the bottle, the Peru Balsam had barely any scent but a deep broad base note, as I’ve never experienced. On the skin, it warmed and revealed the sweet enveloping fragrance you described. It is very comforting. The Australian Lemon Myrtle immediately filled my head and was almost physically uplifting. I have been using the 2 together for a couple of days, as both a morning and evening oil. Loving them! I add in the Frankincense in the afternoon. It is a very soft one, less incensy than others. The Patchouly puzzles me. I ordered it because I don’t know it well. It smells musty moldy. Is it possible to have a bad bottle or is that the raw scent? Suzanne, thanks so much for turning me on to Peru Balsam and Lemon Myrtle: both great joys in my life.
    Cheers from Santa Fe, Jackie
    ps. I’m using my gmail address, as I’m having some disruptions with my mac computer.

    • Hi Jacqueline, I’m happy to ear from you. I love your stories and I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to use your description of Patchouli in my blog article tonight? I probably should have given you more warning but I’m writing a series called “10 Recipes with …” and after reading your comment I thought Patchouli would be good to write about today. Your description is quite god and that is the actual scent. It doesn’t want to make to swoon with joy when you gt a whiff straight from the bottle but it’s the blending power of patchouli that makes it a must have oil. I won’t name you.
      Check out the article and try and get a vibe on the amounts of patchouli I’m using in the blends. I’ll also include a link to a previous article I’ve written about this fab oil!
      Thanks so much Jacqui! I love hearing from you x

  3. Hi Suzanne,
    I’m thrilled that you responded to my note with an article! It’s ok to use my name. I’m very happy to be a part of the aroma-fragrance global tribe. I actually saw the Patchouli post before your reply above and was so excited to see our conversation bear fruit! It’s all very timely. I’m discovering bases in blending and your article is a laser focus. Recently, I blended Frankincense and Vetiver as a base for a cologne style fragrance with a top note of Tomato Leaf. The Peru Balsam announced itself immediately as a base note and now I have another in Patchouli. Truly, a glory of riches!
    Many thanks and a big smile from Santa Fe, Jackie

  4. Hi, I was wondering about Perú Balsam candles (not diffuser), and not sure about the percentage I should be using. I read 0.4% but for topic purposes, do you know for candles what would the recommended % would be? Or could you kindly point me where to look this information? Thanks much,

    • Hi Paloma if you’re making candles you’ll need to use a lot more essential oil as the scent isn’t very strong when burning the wax. It really depends on what other oils you’re using and which wax so you’ll just have to go big, and test it out. If you’re using 100 mls of wax I would add at least 10mls of oil. Do a test and adjust from there. Good luck

    • Yes Rose you’re right. Peru balsam is Myroxylon pereirae and Tolu balsam is Myroxylon balsamum. Same family but a different species. Thanks for picking that up it’s an old post but I’ll revisit it.

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