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As soon as liquid storax is collected, the edges of the incision made in· the tree are scraped, and fronl this operation results another kind of storax of inferior quality. They are mixed. The storax thus nlixed is brought from 72 THE MOST USUAL PERFUMES. Caramania and the island of Cyprus. It is intro· duced into large kettles, and by nleans of fire and stirring, it is separated from the eartby parts and other impurities. Thus cleansed, it is put into bags, and exported in that condition. The dry or solid storax is a resinous su bstance, of which there are two kinds in commerce-the calamite storax, and the common storax.

The greater part of those balsams which are burned in cassolettes are nothing but a mixture of balsams with some resinous or aromatic substances, such as benzoin, vanilla, &c. The most employed in perfumery areCANADA BALSAM, or vJh£te balsam. It is very transparent, has the same fluidity as turpentine, from which it differs only in its odor, which is sweeter, and analogous to that of lemon or Mecca balsam. It is extracted in Canada from a kind of fur tree called Balsam of. Gilead, MECCA BALSAM (or Judea).

It has been thought for a long time that benzoic acid existed only in the resin of that name. Now THE :MOST USUAL PERFUl\IES. 67 this acid is easily extracted from some other su b· stances, in which its presence "vas hitherto unknown. , give a benzoic acid similar to that extracted from benzoin. The most simple manner of obtaining the jloloers of benzoin, or benzoic acid, is the following: Spread, uniformly, powdered benzoin in a castiron kettle; a cone is made of very smooth paste~ board, which is applied and pasted on the edges of the kettle.

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