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Citral Natural Isolate

Mark Evans has this to say “If you’ve ever had a lemon sherbet candy, then you already know how citral smells; mouth-wateringly hesperidic,  powerfully fresh,  juicy lemon sherbet, tangy, zesty peel with a little greenness thrown in for good measure. Although citral is incredibly useful in adding brightness, realism and deliciousness to citrus accords, is naturally present in high proportions in lemons, lemongrass, litsea cubeba etc and is generally an exciting boon to the perfumer, some precautions need to be taken into account when using it.

First of all, it’s pretty unstable in air and also likes to react in solution with other chemicals causing changes in the scent and discolouration over time (yellowing).

It’s also restricted by IFRA to 0.6% of the finished product when used in perfumes due to possible skin allergy sensitisation issues. Now, in nature citral always appears in harmony other chemicals such as limonene, α-pinene and various terpenes and one study (which is refuted by some) found that the sensitisation problem is ‘quelled’ when limonene or α-pinene is used alongside citral at a ratio of 1:3.”

Extracted from litsea cubeba essential oil.

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