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Amyris Essential Oil

I love the gentle, woody aroma of Amyris Oil. Its underlying vanilla note reminds me of Benzoin Absolute. Amyris Essential Oil is sometimes used in place of Sandalwood Essential Oil, but the aroma and strength of both essential oils is quite different. Amyris Essential Oil is sometimes used as a natural fixative.

In small dilutions, Amyris Essential Oil is said to act as an aphrodisiac. Its rich, warm woody aroma also complements masculine blends.

Amyris Oil
Amyris Oil
    

Botanical Name: Amyris balsamifera

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Wood

Color: Pale Yellow

Consistency: Thick

Perfumery Note: Base

Strength of Initial Aroma: Mild

Aromatic Description: Reminiscent of benzoin, Amyris Essential Oil includes sweet, warm, vanilla notes with a woody, cedar-like character.

Amyris Oil Uses: Perfumery/Fragrancing. Acts as a fixative. Also possesses antiseptic and sedative properties. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 82.]

Major Constituents:
Valerianol
a-Eudesmol
7-epi-a-Eudesmol
10-epi-Gamma-Eudesmol
Elemol
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[T.A. Van Beek, R. Kelis, M.A. Posthumus, et al., Essential oil of Amyris balsamifera. (Phytochemistry 28, 1989), 1909-1911. Private Communications: Pappas 2004, Tucker 2003. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 193.]

Safety Information: Tisserand, Young and Lawless do not indicate any known hazards for Amyris Oil. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 194.] [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 82.]

Important Notes: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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