Amber Powder



No known benefits

Amber Powder at a glance

  • Powder made from the fossilized resin of trees
  • Can be used as a mild physical exfoliant
  • Also used as a bulking and thickening agent
  • Not a significant source of antioxidants

Amber Powder description

Amber powder is made from the finely-ground fossilized resin of trees (mostly varieties of pine trees). Amber is best known for its application in its solid form in jewelry. When powdered, it is added to skin care products as a mild physical exfoliant. It can also be added to formulas to provide bulk or to help thicken product texture. Despite its plant origin – and some claims made by cosmetics companies – amber powder is not considered to be a significant source of antioxidants. Because of its fossilized nature, it is also not a fragrant ingredient as some freshly derived tree resins can be. Usage levels for amber powder in cosmetics haven’t been formally established.

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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