RESINS Sandarac

Sandarac ResinSandarac resin is obtained from tears of the cypress Sandarac tree that grows in the Atlas region in Morocco. The gum leaks from the bark and branches of the tree and hardens in the air. In most cases, the pieces have a long/oval or cylindrical form up to 4 cm long. The resin is smooth, a yellowish-white in color and gives off a balsamic odor, slightly like turpentine.

Sandarac is one of the oldest known resins used in preserving fine paintings and furniture. Used in spirit varnishes, lacquer and dental products, sandarac provides a hard, white or transparent film that has excellent color retention. It is still used extensively to make a protective film over watercolors.

Trade Name: Sandarac
Description: Smooth, yellowish-white, gives off balsamic odor
Solubility: Alcohol
Insolubility: Aryl and aliphatic hydrocarbons
Packing: Jute bags – 25kg net


Property Ranges
 Melting point  100°C-125°C
 Acid value  120 - 155
 Softening Point  90°C-115°C
 Ash @ 800°C  .10 - .25
 Insoluble Impurities  < 5%


 Components:  About 95% resin substances containing free resin acids
 such as sandaracopimar acid, oxysandaracopmar acid,
 callitrol-, sandaracin-, sandarcinol and other acids.

 Approx. 3% sandaracoresenes

 Approx. 2% bitter principle

 Approx. 2% essential oil (containing a- und ß pinene,
 D-limonene, thymochinone, as well as bi – and tricyclic


 EINECS: 232-543-6, CAS-NUMBER: 9000-45-7,
 BT-NUMBER: 1301 9000, Imco-Code: Harmless

Natural resins are subject to variations due to environmental conditions during harvest.
Therefore, the above parameters may vary.