Amyris Essential Oil
I love the gentle, woody aroma of Amyris Essential 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.
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Reminiscent of benzoin, Amyris Essential Oil includes sweet, warm, vanilla notes with a woody, cedar-like character.
Amyris Essential 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.]
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[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.]
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.]
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