Petitgrain has been used in eau de Cologne for hundreds of years because of its refreshing, stimulating and deodorising effects.
Today it is used in perfumery, cosmetics and as a flavouring in drinks. At first the oil was extracted from the small green unripe oranges. The name petitgrain comes from this, meaning little grains.
Source: It is grown commercially in France, North Africa and South America.
Extraction: Petitgrain essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree.
Aroma: Pure Petitgrain essential oil has a tangy, sharp, orange scent.
Fragrance note: Top to Middle.
Properties: Petitgrain essential oil combines both relaxing and stimulating properties. It is an ideal oil to help relieve stress or tiredness. Its relaxing aroma encourages a restful night’s sleep. It is also excellent for balancing the skin and scalp.
Uses: Massage, baths, vaporization and may be added top base emollients.
Blends well with: Benzoin, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus Lemon, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Neroli, Oakmoss, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.
Caution: Petitgrain essential oil is perfectly safe for home use.
All citrus oils need to be stored in a cool, dark place to preserve them and keep them fresh. Always ensure proper dilution.