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Citrus Essential Oils

Citrus Essential Oils

Everybody knows a loves a fresh citrus scent and in natural perfumery they are indispensible. 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.  They cut through florals that can be a little heavy and sweet and sweeten spicy aromas.


Lemon 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 it is refreshing, and uplifting and this is what it brings to any perfume that it is part of.  Lemon is in the business of lifting spirits – its aroma brings forth feelings of purification and light.  Cobwebs be gone.

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.


Mandarin oil has a very delicate aroma with gentle actions to match.  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.

In a natural perfume, 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 is the perfect choice. Its not quite as out there as orange, lemon or grapefruit.  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.


The appealing aroma of bergamot is cooling, refreshing and bright and is widely used as an ingredient in natural perfumes and other body products for both males and females where a softer fruity note is desired.  The essential oil is a beautiful green colour, very thin and easy to pour – a popular top note in natural perfumery.

Pink Grapefruit

Pink grapefruit essential oil has the botanical name Citrus Paradisi with good reason!  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, top note is required, pink grapefruit is an excellent choice – it has a lovely balance of tart and sweet.


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


As you’d expect, the aroma of lime in a perfume adds freshness and zest – super uplifting and rather yummy.  It is a fabulous oil to use on hot summer days when the air is close and there is very little breeze.

In a natural perfume oil lime is a light top note that has broad appeal to both men and women. Even though as a top note, it evaporates quickly, a little goes a long way and a drop too much of lime in any creation, can initially be overpowering.  Like all citrus, a great tool for balancing certain floral notes and loves to paired with spices!

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