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INCI Name: Cymbopogon Flexuosus oil

REACH Name: Cymbopogon flexuosus, ext.

Also known as: Organic lemongrass oil, organic Cymbopogon flexuosus

Disclaimer: The information provided by Khush Ingredients is a summary of information from producers.  All information is provided without warrant or liability. 

Khush Ingredients offers three types of lemongrass oil at present, conventional, organic and a botanical variation known as Lemongrass citratus (Cymbopogon citratus), which is more widely used as a flavouring ingredient.  This information relates to organic  Cymbopogon flexuosus, where are producers are based in India and Sri Lanka.  The oil is produced from the steam distillation of the dried grass of cymbopogon flexuosus, grown principally in organic cultivations in southern parts of India and a specialist organic plantation in Sri Lanka.   Unfortunately we cannot offer organic cymbopogon citratus as this oil is sourced from co-operatives in the hills of Cochin who do not use fertilisers or pesticides, but also do not have organic certification.

The majority of organic lemongrass we supply goes to aromatherapy and personal care products.  This why we feel it is important that our sources of organic lemongrass oil are ethical producers who annually declare that they are against animal testing and against other exploitative practices.

As a grass, lemongrass flourishes in hot and wet conditions.  In Southern India, there is growth all year round, but the main crop is harvested in April/May and a second harvest in September is usually possible.   The best quality and best prices for lemongrass oil are normally available from June each year.

The oils are normally packed in 5kg, 25kg HDPE plastic drums, which we ask to be specified to UN packing group III. Some have asked for the oil to be supplied in steel drums.  Unfortunately citral reacts in the presence of the metal and whilst the reaction products are not nasty, it still will have changed the characteristics of the oil.  We can supply organic lemongrass in 5kg Aluminium bottles for those who are against use of plastic (but sorry lid is still HDPE) but certainly more recyclable.   Please try and recycle your containers after use.

Shipments are confirmed after careful batch selection and pre-shipment samples are approved by us.  All our oils comply with REACH regulations which Khush UK is fully registered.

Appearance: Pale yellow to reddish brown liquid

Specific Gravity@ 25C: 0.885 to 0.904

Refractive Index @ 20C: 1.479 to 1.489

Optical Rotation @ 20C:-3.0 to +2.0

Solubility: Soluble in parts 1 to 3 in 70% alcohol, low solubility in water

Codes:

REACH registration number:  01-2120119366-58-XXXX (part of the SIEF initiated by the European Federation of Essential Oils EFEO)

CAS No. 91844-92-7

EINECS No. 295-161-9 

GC Profile (typical):

Citral (neral + geranial)                     65 to 75%

Geraniol                                            6%

Geranial acetate                               3%

Linalool                                             2%

β-caryophyllene                                2%

limonene                                          1%

camphene                                        1% 

Packaging:

Packaged in 1kg, 5kg Aluminium, 2kg, 5kg, 25kg HDPE plastic containers. Containers comply with packaging group III.

Production:

This ingredient is produced for Khush Ingredients in India and Sri Lanka. The months in bold are the main harvest periods.  We must buy for 12 months at these times.

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

 

Shelf Life:

Whilst we try and deliver lemongrass 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

  1. a) Use a nitrogen purge capability
  2. b) Do not leave a container part full

Certification

Khush Ingredients supplies a certificate of analysis with every batch, identifying major components and providing the GC trace from the producer.

Safety:

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 lemongrass oils with our carefully managed sources.

Main Safety & Handling Statements:

1)    Irritant to eyes. Wear eye protection when handling the product.

2)    In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice.

3)    Wear gloves when handling the product.

4)    If contact with the skin occurs, wash immediately with soap and plenty of water

5)    Avoid casual breathing of vapours, local exhaust system is recommended

6)    This material and its container should be disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

7)    If swallowed do not induce vomiting, seek medical advice immediately