The tangerine is a variety of the mandarin orange. You may sometimes see it on the market as Citrus x tangerine. The oils have similar properties, but different aroma characteristics.
Source: Citrus reticulata is produced in Spain and Italy.
Extraction: Tangerine essential oil is obtained by cold pressing of the peel from the fresh fruit.
Aroma: Tangerine essential oil has a fresh, sweet and tangy citrus scent.
Fragrance note: Top.
Properties: The pure oil is yellow-orange and has a light constancy.
Tangerine essential oil is antiseptic, carminative and tonic. It is refreshing and rejuvenating in character. It is often used by pregnant women and the elderly and is a good toner for oily skin. The aroma may help to relax fractious children. When employed in massage it mat help to ease stomach problems.
Uses: Massage, baths, vaporization and may be added to base emollients.
Blends well with: Basil, Black Pepper, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang
Caution: Tangerine essential oil like most citrus oils can be phototoxic.
Care should be taken not to expose the skin to sunlight after a treatment.
It should be diluted to 5% or less in a suitable carrier oil before application to the skin.