Petitgrain Essential Oil

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Petitgrain essential oil is produced from the leaves and green branches of a hybrid citrus tree known as bitter orange. The oil lends a woody, floral and citrus-like fragrance to soaps, cosmetics, perfumes and colognes. Petitgrain essential oil is also used in aromatherapy to address fatigue and stress.

Bulk Petitgrain Essential Oil ~ Monterey Bay Herb Co

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information at a glance

extraction methodsteam distillation
edibleNot recommended for internal use.
safetyConsidered non-toxic and, unlike other citrus oils, does not increase photosensitivity. However, be sure to dilute in carrier oil before applying to skin.
flash point151°F / 66°C
fragrance note classification middle

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaVery pale yellow with a woody, citrusy and slightly floral aroma.


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aromatherapyPetitgrain essential oil is said to be energizing and uplifting, with an affinity for correcting imbalances relating to the skin.
cosmetics / personal careAdd to soaps, lotions, creams and other personal care products.
massage / bath / spaUse alone or in combination with other oils to make massage oils and bath oils.
perfumeryBlend with other oils to make custom perfumes and colognes.
industrialPetitgrain essential oil is widely used in the fragrance and cosmetic industries.

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[ tip: Combine with patchouli essential oil to make colognes, perfumes and aroma sprays. ~ from Monterey Bay Herb Company ]

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[ apricot kernel
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[ tip: Add a few drops to apricot kernel oil to make a sweetly-scented massage oil. ~ from Monterey Bay Herb Company ]

Add a few drops to apricot kernel oil to make a sweetly-scented massage oil.

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aromatic profile & blending companions

essential oil

Woody with a citrusy scent tempered by a slightly floral aroma. Blends well with basil, benzoin, bergamot, clary sage, clove, cypress, frankincense, lavender, patchouli, rose absolute, rose geranium, rosemary, sandalwood, sweet orange and ylang ylang.

formulas & recipes

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what else you should know

essential oil

Petitgrain essential oil is extracted from the green twigs and leaves of the bitter orange tree, the same species that yields bitter orange essential oil from its fruit and neroli essential oil from its flowers. Petitgrain, however, has a fragrance that is uniquely different from these other oils that incorporates a leafy-herbaceous quality with woody undertones. It is interesting to note that what was known as petitgrain oil was originally obtained from green unripe bitter oranges. In fact, “petitgrain” means “little seeds.”

The oil contains several active constituents that contribute to its value in skin care and its floral-citrusy-woody scent. Geraniol and linalool, for instance, provide a rose-like fragrance, while linalool is responsible for a touch of spiciness.

For more information on how to use essential oils please read our article: Aromatherapy Basics for Using Pure Essential Oils

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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