Citronella Essential Oil, Ceylon

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Citronella Essential Oil (Cymbopogon nardus) has a warm woody, fresh grassy aroma reminiscent of wet leaves.  Although Geraniol and Citronellal are chemically dominant they do not rule in terms of aroma. Instead it is a combination of Camphene, Borneol, and methyleugenol that characterize the scent.


Name:  Citronella Essential Oil, Ceylon

Species:  Cymbopogon nardus (citronella) oil

Plant Part:  Grass

Extraction Method:  Steam Distilled

Country of Origin:  Ceylon

Colour:  Clear

Note:  Top

Strength of Aroma:  Medium


Blends well with:  Citronella blends well with most oils, but specifically well with Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemon, Orange, Lavender and Pine. 


Safety precautions:  Avoid use on sensitive or damaged skin.  Non-toxic in low dose (less than 2%).  If contact dermatitis occurs substitute lemongrass.


Other information:   Citronella Ceylon yields half the amount of essential oil as its relative Citronella, Java and thus the higher cost of the two.



Class:  Alcohol



  • Monoterpenes:  (contains more monoterpene hydrocarbons than Java type)
  • Esters: (>10%), butyrate & geranyl formates
  • Aldehydes: citronellal (>17%)
  • Alcohols: 35%, geraniol (>16%), borneol, citronellol
  • Coumarins: coumarin (>1%)
  • Phenols: isoeugenol


CAS#:  8000-29-1

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