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Latin Binomial: Amyris balsamifera
Plant Part: Wood
Extraction: Steam Distilled
Growing Practice: Organic
Country of Origin: Haiti
Odor Type: WOODY

Odor Characteristic: Overall, the odor is dry-woody rather than like sandalwood, and almost dirty, not at all radiant and sweet like the East Indian Sandalwood. Dryout is disappointing.

Refractive Index: 1.50200 to 1.51200 @ 20.00 °C.
Specific Gravity: 0.946 - 0.978 at 20 °C
Appearance: pale yellow to amber viscous liquid
BioChemical Class: Sesquiterpenes
BioChemicals: Main constituents include β-caryophyllene, D-cadinene, methanol, & furfural.
CAS No: 8015-65-4

About the Plant

The species Amyris balsamifera is from the family Rutaceae and grows along the Gulf of Mexico and around the Caribbean. Common names include cuaba, cuaba blanca, cuaba de monte. It is considered a small bush or tree, with branches of inflorescence and calyx hispid; leaves opposite with 3-5 leaflets.
The oil is sometimes confused with or offered as sandalwood oil.
There is very little safety data or research available. Up to 1940, there were reports of contact sensitivity to the oil. Gougerot, H. & Delzant, An. Fac. Med

Amyris balsamifera has not been formally tested for skin irritation or sensitization potential.

The information provided on these pages is not a substitute for necessary medical care, nor intended as medical advice. Always keep aromatic extracts tightly closed and in a cool, dark place, out of reach of children. Never ingest aromatic extracts. Always dilute aromatic extracts when applying topically and avoid areas around eyes or mucous membranes. If redness or irritation occurs, stop using immediately and contact your health provider if necessary.