Cinnamon Bark Oil (aromatherapy)
Cinnamon Bark Oil “Ceylon” is a pale yellow to dark yellow or brownish-yellow, somewhat oily liquid of extremely powerful, diffusive, warm- spicy, sweet and tenacious odor. The undertone and dryout notes reveal a persistent dryness which is very unique in combination with the distinct sweetness. Characteristic is a dry powdery-dusty, but warm, uniform and lasting dryout note. In the very first topnotes, one may find a certain fruity freshness, similar to the sweet candy-like freshness in a good clove bud oil. The flavor is distinctly sweet and spicy, and a correctly produced oil will show a tremendous flavor power, five or ten times stronger than ordinary grade cinnamon bark oils (“commercial” quality or “pharmacopoeia-grade”). The main constituents of Ceylon cinnamon bark oil are cinnamic aldehyde, eugenol, aceteugenol, and trace amounts of various aldehydes. Together with methyl-n-amyl ketone, the latter are probably responsible for the power and the characteristic notes in good oils.
Arctander, Steffen . Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin (pp. 194-195).