Citronella Oil


Citronella oil is extracted by the steam distillation of finely chopped fresh, dried or part-dried grass. It is native to Sri Lanka and Java. This aromatic perennial grows about 1 meter (3 feet) high and is a popular ingredient in wax candles, as an insect repellant, and is also widely used in perfumes, soaps, skin lotions and deodorants.

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Citronella oil is an essential oil obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon (lemongrass). The oil is used extensively as a source of perfumery chemicals such as citronellal, citronellol, and geraniol. These chemicals find extensive use in soap, candles and incense, perfumery, cosmetic, and flavouring industries throughout the world.[1] Citronella oil is also a plant-based insect repellent and has been registered for this use in the United States since 1948.[2] The United States Environmental Protection Agency considers oil of citronella as a biopesticide with a non-toxic mode of action.[3]


  1. Fresh Scent – The fresh lemony scent with a floral touch gives it an alluring fragrance. Therefore, you can use it for making DIY perfumes, colognes, and body sprays.
  2. Soothing for Mind – Natural Citronella essential oil good for aromatherapy as it has a soothing effect on your mind and body and it helps you to fight fatigue after a hectic day. For that, you will have to diffuse it in an oil or reed diffuser.
  3. Air Deodorizer- It not only replaces the foul odor of your rooms with a pleasant odor but also kills airborne bacteria that might be harmful to your health. These qualities make it an effective air-deodorizer.
  4. Moisturizing – Citronella essential oil can moisturize your skin and hair. It enhances your skin’s ability to gather and absorb moisture and conditions your hair naturally.
  5. Protects Hair – It protects your hair from external factors like sunlight, pollutants, smoke, dirt, etc. Therefore, it proves to be useful for the overall health of your hair.
  6. Healing – The healing properties of Pure Citronella Essential Oil make it an important ingredient in many balms and ointments. It improves the blood circulation of the damaged area and soothes the pain as well.

Benefits of Citronella Oil

  1. Controls Body Odor – You can make a natural deodorant from this oil to eliminate foul body odor. It also curbs the harmful bacteria that can damage your skin.
  2. Aromatherapy – When you diffuse Citronella Essential Oil, it provides relief from muscle spasms, cold symptoms, anxiety, stomach aches, etc. Therefore, it is a multi-purpose essential oil.
  3. Skin Treatment – The strong antibacterial properties of this oil can be used to treat skin issues like a wart, boils, acne, etc. It also makes your skin soft and smoother than before.
  4. Clears Complexion – When used topically, it tightens up your pores and cleans toxins and dirt from your skin. This gives you a clear and brighter complexion.
  5. Improves Fragrance – Citronella essential oil can be used as a fragrance enhancing agent in soaps, lotions, sprays, and perfumes. This is because it contains aromatic compounds.
  6. Relieves Pain – It can be used to relieve pain due to insect bites, skin rashes, wounds, and other skin conditions. This is due to its anti-inflammatory effects.

Product Details
Botanical name Cymbopogon Nardus
Plant Part Leaves
Extraction Method Steam Distillation
Country Of Origin Northen Himalayas (India)
Solubility Insoluble in water, soluble in alcohol and oils
Specific Gravity 0.85000 – 0.92000 @ 25°C
Optical Rotation
-5 to 0
Refractive Index 1.43000 – 1.52000 @ 20°C
Consistency  Light
Strength of Aroma Strong
Mixes well with Lavender,Cedarwood, Clove, and Cypress essential oils
Common Uses
  • Citronella oil is used for relieving headaches, migraines and rheumatism. Its antiseptic qualities are good for fighting colds and flu.
  • It is also used in candle making, scented soaps, potpourri, room spray, refresher oil fragrance oil, scented envelope candles and cubes votive candle.
  • It is mostly used in the fragrance industry as turning candle making like Parfum Magnifique, Spa Luxury, Fragrance Oils and Yummy Fragrance and feng shui candle, natural wax candles, unity candle arrangements, roman candles and environmentally friendly candles.
  • It is used as insect repellents.
Aromatic Scent Floral and citrusy fragrance.





It is not safe for everybody because it contains allergens & can cause food related allergic reactions
Pregnant women & nursing moms should use caution in using peanut oil
If one has the sensitive skin, one should do the patch test before applying it topically.

How to  use

To use Citronella essential oil for skin benefits, take 1-2 drops of the essential oil and add it to the regular face-wash or body-wash. This is known to eliminate blemish formation and moisturizes the skin. 

To use this oil for massages, add 2-3 drops of the Citronella essential oil to 2 tablespoons of carrier coconut oil and apply it thoroughly over the skin, massaging in circular motions. This would give a radiant glow and tighten the skin as well.

Always remember as Citronella essential oil is an aromatic essential oil, it is highly concentrated and is not to be applied on the skin directly. The oil needs to be utilized in a diluted format only. 


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Safety Information

  • It is meant only for external use.
  • Do a patch skin test before applying it to your skin.
  • Dilute it before topical application.
  • Avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
  • Pregnant women should consult a doctor before using it.

Stability and Storage

It should be kept away from heat & other ignition materials. And keep it in tightly closed containers . keep container in cool & well ventilated area



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