Amyl Salicylate


Fragrance Synthetic and Natural

No known benefits

Amyl Salicylate at a glance

  • Ester of amyl alcohol and salicylic acid
  • No research showing any skin benefit
  • Studies show it can be a contact allergen
  • Could pose a risk to some marine wildlife species

Amyl Salicylate description

Amyl salicylate is a synthetic fragrance ingredient that is the ester of amyl alcohol and salicylic acid. It is a frequent additive in perfumes and described as having a floral or balsamic scent. While amyl salicylate might impart a pleasant scent to lotions and creams, there is no research showing it has any benefit for skin. In fact, some studies have shown that amyl salicylate is a contact allergen. There is also growing concern about amyl salicylate’s impact on the environment. Research is pointing to concentrations of amyl salicylate in wastewater impacting mussel populations in the Mediterranean, causing cell death. Ongoing studies are being conducted to determine amyl salicylate’s full environmental impact. Because of this and its potential skin risk, amyl salicylate is an ingredient we recommend avoiding.

Amyl Salicylate references

  • The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, April 2023, pages 1-31
  • Environmental Pollution, August 2022, ePublication
  • CosmoDerma, February 2022, ePublication
  • Monographs in Contact Allergy: Volume 2: Fragrances and Essential Oils, by Anton C. de Groot, 2019, pages 66-67
  • Givaudan, 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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