Latin Name: Amyris balsamifera
Plant Family: Rutaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the tree & wood
Synonyms: West Indian sandalwood, West Indian rosewood
Amyris essential oil is a pale yellow slightly viscous liquid with a musty, mildly woody scent.
Growing wild on the mountain slopes of Haiti often found in small thickets. Part of the Rutaceae family, it is an evergreen tree that produces lovely white flowers, however, it's the bark that actually produces valuable resinous fluid.
Acclaimed to be the West Indian Sandalwood however it does not belong to the same family. The quality of the oil depends on the age and moisture of the tree as well as different regions, as a result, this can produce slightly different oil.
Called 'candle wood' because of its high oil content in the wood, it burns like a candle. It was used by fishermen and traders as a torch and also makes excellent furniture wood.
Amyris is a base note it blends well with, lavandin, citronella and wood oils such as cedarwood
Non-irritating, non-sensitising, non-phototoxic.