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Citrus Essential Oils


Citrus Essential Oils

Citrus essential oils are characteristically thin, light and have a high vibration – they are uplifting and cheery.  In natural perfumery they are a top note, meaning that their scent will be apparent initially but will evaporate fairly quickly revealing the heart notes of the scent.  Citrus oils combine well with each other and with most other fragrance families.  I particularly love them with florals and spicy notes.


Lemon essential oil is a wonderful gift!  It is light and refreshing and cleansing in a way that only citrus can be and sometimes provides a welcome change from the other more orangey citrus aromas.

Energetically lemon is refreshing, cleansing and super healthy.  For clearing out stale energy and refreshing the vibe use lemon.  It is an aroma with very high vibrations and therefore is in the business of lifting spirits – its aroma brings forth feelings of purification and light.  Lemon makes a valuable contribution to any blend intended to increase motivation or mental alertness – it enlivens the mind, sweeping out the cobwebs, enhancing clarity and helping with cognitive functions such as memory and concentration.

Lemon is light and zesty top note in the natural perfumers palette. It a well suited choice for fresh daytime perfumes or to cut through and balance any cloying sweetness that too many heavy floral ingredients can sometimes cause.

In natural perfumery lemon essential oil blends well with:

frankincense, juniperberry, lavender, orange, pine, spruce, peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus, cedarwood
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Mandarin oil has a very delicate aroma with gentle actions to match.  It is widely used with children because of its gentleness.  Its delicious, sweet aroma is well loved and familiar to just about everybody. Like all citrus oils its fresh, sweet fragrance is cheering and antidepressant.

Mandarin oil is wonderfully relaxing and sedative – it is frequently found in relaxation blends.

In natural perfumery, mandarin provides a more gentle and less outgoing top note than some of the other citrus notes.  So where a slightly understated warm citrus aroma is required, mandarin might be your perfect choice. Its not quite as out there.  Think of sunrise as compared to sunset –  equally (some may say more so) beautiful in a more relaxed, tranquil way –  and not quite as showy.

In natural perfumery mandarin essential oil blends well with:
lime, bergamot, clove, lavender, rose otto, elemi, frankincense, cinnamon, ylang ylang, orange, roman chamomile, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, black pepper, all other citrus oils



Bergamot essential oil is most often thought of as an oil to use for emotional well being as it has well known for its ability to not only bring about a more relaxed state of mind but to simultaneously lift the spirits  It is often used for stress, anxiety and depression.

Its fragrance and health benefits are so appealing that it is an that is an oil that is very often found in skin care products and natural perfumes.  Cooling, refreshing and bright, bergamot essential oil is used as an ingredient in natural perfumes for both males and females where a softer fruity note is desired.

For natural perfumery bergamot essential oil blends well with:

lavender, coriander, orange, petitgrain, ylang ylang, geranium, lemon, lime, cedarwood, neroli, roman chamomile black pepper, cardamom
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Pink Grapefruit

Pink grapefruit essential oil has the botanical name Citrus Paradisi with good reason!  It is as delicious smelling as the fruit which it is produced from, tastes.  It is refreshing and relaxing – just taking one whiff of the pure essential oil is delightful – like inhaling sunshine in a bottle…

In natural perfumery where a light, sunny, yet softer top note is required, pink grapefruit would be an excellent choice – it has a lovely balance of tart and sweet.

Pink grapefruit essential oil has an unrivalled anti-depressant quality that is easy to imagine.  Its bright cheery scent has the same effect on the mind.  It awakens the brain and instills positive ways of thinking, it sweeps away stagnation and replaces it with new ideas.

Pink Grapefruit essential oil is probably most well-known in natural health for its tonifying effect on the systems of the body.   It is therefore an excellent choice of essential oil in any aromatherapy product intended to help with detoxification of mind/body.

In natural perfumery pink grapefruit essential oil blends well with:

lavender, jasmine, frankincense, ginger, bergamot, juniperberry, lemongrass, geranium, palmarosa, coconut, cardamom, all other citrus oils, ylang ylang
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Blood Orange

Blood orange essential oil brings the gifts of radiance and life to any massage or natural perfume oil.  It breezes in and dissipates seriousness replacing it with smiles, laughter and good feels all round.  Like all orange oils, blood orange essential oil helps alleviate feelings of stress and tension.

In natural perfumery, use blood orange essential oil as a dynamic top note that is refreshing, lighthearted, optimistic and happy.  Expect that its warmth encourages openheartedness and sensuality.

In natural perfumery blood orange essential oil blends well with:

lavender, ylang ylang, neroli, cinnamon, frankincense, sandalwood, clove, lemon, bergamot, jasmine, black pepper, patchouli, all other citrus oils
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Lime essential oil is as you would expect – refreshing uplifting and energising on the psyche.  It is a cheerful oil that helps with relaxation.  Diffused in blends it has a cleansing energy that lifts and refreshes any space.

It is a fabulous oil to use on hot summer days when the air is close and there is very little breeze.  In the same way, it has great value in bringing some balance to those suffer from stress, anxiety or depression.  Tiredness and mental fatigue will be swept gently away when lime oil is being diffused.

In a natural perfume oil lime adds a fresh, light top note that has broad appeal to both men and women. Use it carefully, for although it evaporates quickly, a little goes a long way and a drop too much can overpower other aromas.  Like all citrus, a great tool for balancing certain floral notes and loves to paired with spices!

Lime essential oil blends well with: frankincense, patchouli, neroli, all citrus oils, sandalwood, cedarwood atlas coconut, ylang ylang, amyris, ginger,

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