Ocotea quixos is a rare essential oil coming from the Amazon of Ecuador, and is also referred to as Ishpink. The most remarkable property of this oil is the sweet, fruity cinnamon note that only has a trace concentration of cinnamaldehyde, making it attractive as a skincare ingredient. True cinnamon oils contain a high cinnamaldehyde content of over 41% which deems it a dermal irritant even in low amounts. Our cinnamon smelling Ishpink oil is ten times lower in cinnamaldehyde than cinnamon oil, with just 4.86%. Yet, the aroma of Ocotea is robust with smooth, fruity cinnamon notes evocative of Jolly Rancher cinnamon candy. It’s even more smooth than actual cinnamon oil, displaying a similar aromatic profile without any rough edges. Both perfumers and skincare formulators will find this exotic ingredient intriguing, as it can be successfully used in low dilution without risking skin irritation.
In the Amazonian culture, Ocotea essential oil is commonly used in purification rituals and cleansing ceremonies, both for its meditative and relaxing effects, and disinfecting properties. Ocotea essential oil is currently under scientific study
as a component to make new potential drugs that battle West Nile Virus infections.
Batch specific GC/MS analysis for this essential oil is available by clicking on the green tab above.
Aromatherapy use: anti-anxiety, antibacterial, anti-diabetic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, anti-stress, antiviral, appetite suppressant, migraine headache, immune stimulant
General use: Oil diffusers, potpourri, as a blending ingredient for adding pure essential oil essence to massage oil, perfume, bath oil, bath salt, bath and shower gels, spa treatment oils and creams, soap and candle making
Contraindications: Not for use when pregnant or with infants and small children