Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Plant Part Typically Used: Leaves and Twigs
Color: Clear with a Yellow Tinge
Perfumery Note: Top
Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
Aromatic Description: Fresh, sweet, yet tart with subtle floral and woody characteristics.
Petitgrain Essential Oil Uses: Acne, fatigue, oily skin, stress.
Though steam distilled from the same botanical species as neroli and bitter orange, Petitgrain Essential Oil possesses its own characteristically unique aroma. Petitgrain Oil is distilled from the leaves and sometimes the twigs and branches of the tree whereasÃ‚Â Neroli Essential OilÃ‚Â is distilled from the blossoms andÃ‚Â Orange Essential OilÃ‚Â is typically cold pressed from the rinds of the fruits.
Because it is distilled from the leaves and sometimes also the twigs, it is less floral and less citrusy in fragrance than Neroli or Orange. Petitgrain Oil possesses an aroma that is sweet, yet tart with subtle floral and woody characteristics. It blends especially well with citrus, floral and wood oils. It’s a joy to work with for aromatic blending.
Petitgrain Essential Oil that is from France is known asÃ‚Â Petitgrain Bigarade Essential Oil.Ã‚Â [Salvatore Battaglia,Ã‚Â The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 2003), 249.]
Emotionally, I find Petitgrain Essential Oil to be uplifting, calming and balancing. I tend to include Petitgrain Oil in my inhalers intended to help ease anxiety and high stress situations. Like Lavender, Petitgrain Oil contains the calming esterÃ‚Â linalyl acetateÃ‚Â and the calming/anti-bacterial monoterpenolÃ‚Â linaolol.
Typically when the common name of an essential oil is simply listed asÃ‚Â Petitgrain Essential Oil,, the oil is likely distilled fromÃ‚Â Citrus aurantium. However, it is important to doublecheck because steam distilled Combava Petitgrain,Ã‚Â Citrus hysterix, and Clementine Petitgrain,Ã‚Â Citrus clementiaÃ‚Â Essential Oils are also available from a few sources. The aromas of each definitely say “Petitgrain” when you smell them, but each definitely has its own lovely aroma and unique aromatic characteristics. The natural chemical composition of each oil also varies, and it appears that Petitgrain derived fromÃ‚Â Citrus aurantiumÃ‚Â is the most abundant in Linalyl acetate and linalol. The GC/MS reports that I’ve seen for both Combava Petitgrain and Clementine Petitgrain have been a bit conflicting, so I hesitate to suggest what the typical composition should be until I have more definitive information.
The aroma of Petitgrain Essential Oil is a wonderful addition to blends especially formulated for men (women love it too). Petitgrain is considered anÃ‚Â aphrodisiac.