Bay Leaf Oil


Fragrance Synthetic and Natural

No known benefits

Bay Leaf Oil at a glance

  • Plant extract AKA Laurus nobilis leaf oil
  • Can have antioxidant and soothing effects
  • Contains fragrant compounds that can damage skin
  • Might cause redness, flaking and dryness

Bay Leaf Oil description

Bay leaf oil is the volatile oil extracted from the leaves of Laurus nobilis trees and shrubs. Although this oil contains antioxidants, it also has potent fragrant compounds that can sensitize skin. Some of the many fragrant compounds present in Laurus nobilis include methyl eugenol and 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol). Eucalyptol might convey some soothing benefits on breakouts; however, its volatile nature can cause sensitization that ultimately makes acne and the marks it leaves behind worse. The eugenol present in bay leaf oil is especially troublesome since it can cause redness, irritation and dryness. In research that included patch tests, eugenol caused sensitization in skin even in low concentrations (below 1%). For more information, please see the entry for Laurus Nobilis.

Bay Leaf Oil references

  • Contact Dermatitis, May 2023, pages 1–8
  • Natural Product Research, October 2020, pages 989-993
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, July 2019, pages 1–14

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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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