Eucalyptus Maculata Citriodora, Hook, Myrtaceae
INCI Name: Eucalyptus Citriodora Leaf oil
REACH Name: Eucalyptus Citriodora, ext.
Also known as: Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemon-scented gum
Disclaimer: The information provided by Khush Ingredients is a summary of information from producers. All information is provided without warrant or liability.
Eucalyptus citriodora is a large, attractive evergreen tree, growing to 40 to 60 feet tall with open, drooping foliage. The leaves give a strongly lemon scent when crushed. Eucalyptus comes from the Greek words ‘eu’ (well) and ‘calyptos’ (covered).
The trees reach maturity after 3-5 years and are then suitable for oil production. citriodora grows naturally on rolling undulating plateaux, including dry ridges, in open forest and woodland, generally on poor soils. The species can survive a severe dry season. In its natural range, the species is restricted to the central and northern coast of Queensland, Australia but it has been extensively planted in Brazil and India, with significant plantations in China and Africa.
Khush Ingredients sources it’s material from India, providing (what we feel is) a more pleasant oil for aromatherapy and personal care uses than the cruder Brazilian mass-produced oils. The oils from China represent a higher perfumery grade again but at a higher cost.
The best time for harvesting the leaves for oil production is when the temperature is high, so up to 2% yields can be achieved from June to September dropping to half this during winter months. The most sought after constituent of E.Citriodora is Citronellal. The citronellal content drops during rainy season so the farmers must pick narrow windows of higher heat and low rainfall to harvest to get the best oil output in quality and yield.
Khush Ingredients commissions production and import directly from India. A route that takes about 8 weeks from order to arrive in our warehouse.
Shipments are confirmed after careful batch selection and pre-shipment samples are approved by us. All our oils comply with REACH regulations for which both Khush Ltd UK and Khush BV in Netherlands are fully registered.
Appearance: Pale yellow to greenish liquid
Specific Gravity@ 25◦C: 0.850 to 0.870
Refractive Index @ 20◦C: 1.447 to 1.457
Optical Rotation @ 20◦C: -2.0◦ to +6.0◦
REACH registration number: 01-21207410846-50-XXXX (part of the SIEF initiated by the European Federation of Essential Oils EFEO)
CAS No. 85203-56-1
EINECS No. 286-249-8
GC Profile (typical):
Citronellal 70 to 85%
Iso-pulegol 3 to 15%
Citronellol 1 to 12%
Packaged in 25 or 180kg HDPE drums. Containers comply with packaging group III.
This ingredient is produced for Khush Ingredients in India / China. These are the main harvest times (bold).
Whilst we try and deliver Eucalyptus Citriodora oil within 12 months of production, the shelf life is now stated as three years. Storage away from heat, air and moisture prevent the product from degradation.
The best options for maximising shelf life is either to
- a) Use a nitrogen purge capability
- b) Do not leave a container part full
We suggest a reference sample is taken of the fresh material when first delivered. This should be retained in optimum conditions. The balance of the container can then be compared, at points in the future, to the reference sample for signs of degradation of odour or colour change. If there is not significant difference in colour and odour then the material is okay to use. We suggest re-check every 12 months.
Khush Ingredients supplies a certificate of analysis with every batch, identifying major components and providing the GC trace from the producer.
Our customers receive a Safety Data Sheet and a sales specification with IFRA guideline usage levels. We send this to our customers but not otherwise as we do not want you to assess the safety of other sourced eucalyptus citriodora oil with our carefully managed sources.
Main Safety & Handling Statements:
Irritant to eyes. Wear eye protection when handling the product.
In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice.
Wear gloves when handling the product.
If contact with the skin occurs, wash immediately with soap and plenty of water.
Avoid casual breathing of vapours, local exhaust system is recommended.
This material and its container should be disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
If swallowed do not induce vomiting, seek medical advice immediately.