Siam Wood Essential Oil (Fokienia hodginsii)


Siam Wood may also be referred to as fokienia or Fujian cypress, po mu. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the root, wood.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Exotic Resinous Rich Sensual Soft Vanilla-like Warm

  • Common Name(s): fokienia or Fujian cypress, po mu
  • Synonyms(s) for Fokienia hodginsii: Chamaecyparis hodginsii, Cupressus hodginsii, Fokienia hodginsii var. kawaii, Fokienia kawaii, Fokienia maclurei

  • Botanical Family: Cupressaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Fokienia
  • Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenols
  • Perfumery Note: Base
  • Aroma chemistry: Siam wood essential oil is predominantly made up of sesquiterpenols. The main chemical constituents of this essential oil are fokienol and  trans-nerolidol, approximately 33 and 25 percent respectively. Sesquiterpenol rich oils are known to be anti-inflammatory, grounding, soothing and supportive to the system.We find it really fascinating that the oil is distilled form the trunk and roots of the Fokienia tree that are left as worthless by loggers, AND those are the exact parts of the tree that are where the highest percentage of Fokienol lives! Interesting, don't you think?
  • Indigenous Country: Vietnam
  • Cultivation: Organically Grown
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Root, Wood
  • Shelf Life: The older it gets the better it gets
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Safety Precautions for Siam Wood:

No known safety issues associated with Siam Wood essential oil.


Botanical Description of Siam Wood:

Fokienia is an evergreen tree, 80 to 100 or so feet tall. It has greyish-brownish bark that peels off when the tree is young. On older trees, the bark presents longitudinal fissures and becomes aromatic. The thing that we find fascinating is that Siam Wood is recognized as a single genus! It is the ONLY living species classified in the subfamily Cupressoideae within the family Cuprressaceae.

Traditional Folklore

Traditional Folklore of Siam Wood:

We couldn't find much on folklore :(