Petitgrain Essential Oil
Active Ingredient: Linalyl acetate: 42%
Botanical Name: Petitgrain Bigarde
Plant Part: Leaves and Twigs
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: Petitgrain bigarde is native to Southeast Asia. The tree now grows throughout the Mediterranean and sub-tropic areas worldwide. The bitter orange tree that provides the Petitgrain Essential Oil is also the source of Bitter Orange Oil and Neroli Oil.
Color: Colorless to pale yellow liquid.
Common Uses: Petitgrain Essential Oil is believed to have uplifting properties. Aromatherapists have long used it to calm anger and stress, while it has been used in the skin care industry for acne, oily skin, and as a deodorizing agent.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Lime, Jasmine, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Rosemary, Sandalwood, and Ylang-ylang.
Aromatic Scent: Petitgrain Italy Essential Oil smells like orange blossoms with a bitter, floral, citrus and herbaceous undertone.
History: Originally the oil was produced in distilleries from the unripe oranges when they were the size of cherries. This explains why it is named Petitgrain – which in French means little grains. Nonetheless, this proved to be uneconomical and so the oil began being extracted from the leaves and twigs of the orange tree instead.