Botanical Source: Cymbopogon Flexuosus
INCI Name: Cymbopogon Flexuosus oil
REACH Name: Cymbopogon flexuosus, ext.
Disclaimer: The information provided by Khush Ingredients is a summary of information from producers. All information is provided without warrant or liability.
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
EC No. 295-161-9
Traditional Cochin lemongrass oil is widely used as a fragrance ingredient in a wide range of personal care products and extensively in aromatherapy. Certain types of lemongrass are also used as a flavouring ingredient.
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 conventional Cymbopogon flexuosus, which we import from Cochin region of India.The oil is produced from the steam distillation of the dried grass of cymbopogon flexuosus, grown principally in fields in southern parts of India.
There is also extensive lemongrass grown in other parts of the world including Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. Our current supply from India reflects the high volume produced, with good understanding of the material and a beneficial cost base ensuring we can deliver cost effective, consistent material to our customers at a fair price.
Our sources of 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.
Packaged in 1kg Aluminium, 2kg HDPE, 5kg/23kg fluorinated plastic containers or 180kg HDPE drums. Containers comply with packaging group III.
This ingredient is produced for Khush Ingredients in India. The months in bold are the main harvest periods:
Whilst we try and deliver lemongrass oil within 12 months of production, the shelf life is now stated as three years. We have lemongrass samples which are over 8 years old and are still in good condition. 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.
We regret that we can only sample bona-fide companies. If you are a smaller entity, then you are welcome to visit our Oxfordshire laboratory to see the oils first hand. For any further questions please do call us on: (+44) 1993 882883.