Thymus Vulgaris Oil


Fragrance Synthetic and Natural

No known benefits

Thymus Vulgaris Oil description

Thymus vulgaris oil is more commonly known as thyme oil. Like most fragrant plant oils, thyme is a source of potent antioxidants but its fragrant components (which are part of the oil itself) pose a risk of sensitivity. For this reason, products with thyme extract are a safer bet in terms of getting the “good” antioxidants from thyme without the volatile fragrance components that, while also being antioxidants, also kick in sensitivity.

Thymus Vulgaris Oil references

  • Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology, 2007, pages 227-233

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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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