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Petitgrain Essential Oil
Eleonora Scalseggi has this to say “Petitgrain essential oil is another invaluable material for both the perfumer and the aromatherapist obtained by steam distilling the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree. Apparently in the past distillation occurred when little unripe orange fruits were on the branches, thus the name “petit-grain”.
A top to middle note with very high odour intensity, it needs to be used with a light hand: a little goes a long way. Despite its slightly harsh opening, this oil adds green citrus leaves, neroli-floral and light soapy notes to compositions, with elegant light woody undertones. Add just a touch in neroli accords and you will be in the presence of a blossoming orange tree, the freshness of its lush foliage, the timeless beauty of the heady flowers.
Minute additions will also help citrus and woody materials to blend harmoniously, imparting naturalness and coherence to the whole composition.
Boasting linalyl acetate, geranyl acetate along with linalool, nerol, nerolidol and limonene (among others) in its natural chemistry, this petitgrain essential oil is a staple material for the aromatherapist too, helping treating acne and oily skin without causing irritation, and also proving very useful for treating insomnia and nervous exhaustion thanks to its deeply calming effect on both body and mind. A must-have essential oil.”
Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium var. amara