Amyl Cinnamate


Fragrance Synthetic and Natural

No known benefits

Amyl Cinnamate at a glance

  • Also known as pentyl cinnamate
  • Fragrance ingredient also used in food
  • Studies show it can cause skin irritation
  • Colorless to pale yellow liquid in its raw form

Amyl Cinnamate description

Amyl cinnamate, also known chemically as pentyl cinnamate, is a fragrance and flavoring ingredient that is commonly used as a food additive but is also utilized in some skin care products. While there isn’t a breadth of research on its impact when applied topically, some studies have found that it causes contact dermatitis (an allergic reaction) on skin. Because of this, it is an ingredient we recommend avoiding, especially since it has no measurable benefit for skin. In its raw form, amyl cinnamate is a colorless to pale yellow liquid and has a heavy, sweet peach flavor. Amounts of 0.1–5% may be used in skin care and fragrances, with the latter amount being for stronger perfumes.

Amyl Cinnamate references

  • Monographs in Contact Allergy: Volume 2: Fragrances and Essential Oils, 2019, Anton C. de Groot, CRC Press, page 60
  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2018, pages 356-366
  •, website

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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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