Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil



No known benefits

Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil at a glance

  • Essential oil extracted from Amyris balsamifera tree
  • Primarily a fragrance ingredient
  • Has a smell that resembles sandalwood
  • Has herbicidal, larvicidal, and antimicrobial properties
  • Contains eugenol, which can irritate and sensitize skin

Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil description

Amyris balsamifera bark oil is an essential oil extracted from the bark of a flowering tree called _Amyris balsamifera_. It is noted for having a strong, resinous scent. It is also known as torchwood for its highly flammable resin and is sometimes referred to as a type of sandalwood (though it is not) because of its scent resemblance. Research shows this oil has both herbicidal and larvicidal properties and can exhibit antimicrobial benefits, though its inclusion in cosmetics is primary as a fragrance ingredient. Unfortunately, some of the components within amyris oil – namely eugenol, which gives it most of its antimicrobial properties – can cause skin irritation and sensitivity, especially if left on skin for an extended period of time.

Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil references

  • Fitoterapia, October 2021, ePublication
  • Molecules, April 2021, ePublication
  • BMJ Case Reports, September 2013, ePublication
  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology, December 2012, pages 631-634

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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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