Introduction to Raw Materials|Rosewood


Aniba rosaeodora


Botanical Family|Lauraceae
Plant Odor|Warm woody scent with a hint of spiciness and a subtle rose fragrance.
Extraction Part|Wood
Extraction Method|Steam Distillation

Highly preferred from the Brazilian rainforest and the Mysore region in India, the Amazon rainforest is known as the "Lungs of the Earth" and the "Heart of the World." The average temperature in the region ranges from 25 to 28°C, with an annual rainfall of up to 2000 mm. Rosewood trees are native to this region, producing rosewood rich in Linalool, which possesses a delicate and pleasant aroma. Unlike regions with temperature variations, tropical areas like the Amazon rainforest lack annual rings in their plants, and rosewood is one of them, continuously growing into tall trees. It is also commonly used as furniture material, leading to excessive logging of wild rosewood, putting the species at risk. In 1932, the Brazilian government enacted conservation laws that prohibited cutting down plants under 15 years old, making Brazilian rosewood essential oil highly precious.

Due to its similar climate and geographical conditions to the Brazilian rainforest, the Mysore region in India has become an excellent alternative production area for rosewood. Mysore has an annual rainfall of about 600-2000 mm and an average annual temperature between 10 to 35°C. The rosewood produced here also contains abundant Linalool, possessing excellent mild nourishing effects.

Today, rosewood essential oil comes mainly from planned cultivation in Brazil, causing less environmental impact. Rosewood has a rose-red heartwood and a resilient woody aroma with an elegant and pleasant floral fragrance. In English, it is also known as "Rosewood."


【Main Benefits】

◇ Main Components|Monoterpenols

btained through distillation, the main components include Linalool (comprising over 80%), α-Terpineol, Linalyl Acetate (also known as Acetic Acid Linalyl Ester), and other trace elements.
➢ Research suggests that rosewood can be used alone or in combination with traditional antimicrobial growth agents in pharmaceutical formulations or to prevent food spoilage and control drug-resistant bacterial strains.

【Component Analysis】

1. (R)(-)-Linalool

• Effects: Antimicrobial, healing for acne, aids sleep and relaxation, anti-anxiety and stress relief, insect repellent, and removes odors.

➢ Linalool has a relaxing effect on the nervous system.


2. α-Terpineol,也稱松油醇)




α-Terpineol is a colorless, transparent, viscous liquid or low-melting point transparent crystal with a clove-like aroma.
The aroma of Terpineol varies greatly depending on the different isomeric components and their content. For example, (R)-(+)-α-Terpineol has a strong lilac aroma, but its isomer (S)-(-)-α-Terpineol has a pine aroma.
• Effects: α-Terpineol can be obtained from Nerol or Citronellol through cyclization in an acidic solution and has a lilac aroma. Its derivatives, Linalyl Acetate and Linalyl Propionate, are used in fragrance preparation. Additionally, Terpineol is also used in soap, pesticides, medicine, plastics, telecommunications, and instrument industries, as well as a solvent for coloring glassware.


3. Linalyl acetate(also known as Acetic Acid Linalyl Ester)

• Effects: It has regulatory effects on physiology and psychology, regulating the autonomic nervous system.

• Uses: Used in edible flavorings, perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products, and other fragrances.


【Market Applications】

◇|Uses / Features|

• Balances skin, helps in skin tissue health.

• Soothes inflammation and skin itchiness.

• Aids in relaxation, relieves nerves, and has anti-anxiety properties.

• Inhibits microorganisms, purifies, and acts as a preservative.


1. Skincare Products 

Effects: Cleansing, inhibiting microorganisms, regulating skin quality, promoting skin growth (enhancing keratinocyte differentiation), enhancing cell tissues, increasing skin elasticity, moderately firming and reducing wrinkles, regulating and purifying the skin, soothing inflammation, and alleviating itching.

Examples: Facial soaps, cleansing mousses, toners, essences, lotions, skin balancers, creams, eye creams, etc.

2. Body Care Products

Effects: Inhibiting microorganisms, soothing inflammation, and alleviating skin discomfort; for the scalp, it helps in antimicrobial activity and regulates sebum secretion.

Examples: Shampoos, body washes, bath accessories, soothing lotions, after-sun soothing balms.


3. Daily Necessities Products

Effects: Soothing, helping with low mood and fatigue, restoring energy, relaxing nerves, and anti-anxiety properties. Suitable for relaxing and stress-relieving products, skincare products, perfumes, and related items.

Examples: Massage oils, essential oil sprays, diffusers, fragrant products.


4. Environmental Cleaning Products

Effects: Inhibiting microorganisms, purifying, and acting as a preservative.Examples: Purifying sprays, hand wash, preservatives.


【Product Description】

◇ Formula Application / Usage

•Solubility: Lipophilic (soluble in fats).

• Mixing Method: Add at room temperature, no need for additional heating to avoid prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Add the oil phase to the cosmetics before emulsification, and mix after participating in the emulsification process.


◇ Precautions

• Please adjust the usage ratio according to individual skin conditions.
• This product is a raw material, and it is recommended to dilute before use.
• Before using on the face, please conduct a patch test on a local skin area.
• Please use in normal dosage.


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