In the Prayers for Devotional Practice thread, a side-topic came up that's of some interest to me. Specifically, this pertains to Storax v. Styrax, as their names are similar and there's a good deal of confusion around them.
After some research and discussion here on StudioArcanis, I came to realize that Storax is Liquidambar orientalis from Turkey, while Styrax is from Indonesia and Malaysia.
Storax is a dark, sticky black gum-like material that smells of vanilla and cinnamon, while Styrax is a dark gray color and has a kind of powdery, pleasant medicinal smell to it that reminds me of particularly faint vanilla. Having them both in hand at this point, I can readily see why they'd be confusing.
I've created this thread to record my findings in their uses and differences, as it seems appropriate to do so.
At this point, I've been working with Styrax for more than a decade now, and I've learned that it is a powerful binding agent, clearing agent, and means of communicating with spirits. It is a bit like a means of polishing away impurities in any given situation, and lends itself well to a variety of works.
I've had Storax in hand for all of a couple of hours now, so I'm very curious to see how this will compare.