• Relaxing, refreshing and uplifting

  • Petitgrain essential oil makes for a good pick-me-up and tonic

  • Citrus aurantium amara Leaf Oil is the volatile oil obtained by steam distillation from the leaves of the Bitter Orange, Citrus aurantium L var amara L, Rutaceae

SpeciesOriginExtraction ProcessPerfume Note
Citrus aurantium Var.aurantium
Steam distilled

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Petitgrain essential oil resembles Neroli and is a very useful aromatherapy oil in its own right.
Oil obtained from the leaves, twigs and unripe fruit of the bitter orange tree. It used to be distilled from little unripe oranges hence petitgrain - means little grains. Obtained from the same tree that Neroli is extracted from.
Bittersweet odour. Fresh, flowery light perfume with woody herbaceous undertones. Similar to Neroli.
Antiseptic, deodorant, relaxing, refreshing, rejuvenating.
40-80% esters mainly linalyl acetate and geranyl acetate, linalol, nerol, terpineol, geraniol, nerolidol, farnesol, limonene among others.
Citrus aurantium amara Leaf Oil
Historically used in perfumery and skin care.
Dilute in a carrier oil before skin application. Keep away from children and out of eyes. Do not take internally or apply undiluted to the skin. For further advice on using essential oils to treat medical conditions, we recommend you seek advice from a professional.

Please note that Amphora Aromatics Ltd cannot be held responsible for any injury, illness or adverse reaction to any recipes, instructions or advice given. It is the responsibility of the end user to ensure that they have followed the relevant safety protocols and that they are aware of any possible side effects before use. We always advise that a skin patch test is carried out before full usage of any natural product whether purchased from ourselves or elsewhere.
'It is perhaps misleading to think of Petitgrain only as an alternative to Neroli or other citrus oils, for it is a useful aromatherapy oil in its own right. It has several applications in skin care as it helps to regulate over-production of sebum and is a gentle but effective antiseptic' - an excerpt from Aromatherapy an A - Z by Patricia Davis.

'Another name for Petitgrain is 'poor man's Neroli'. It comes from the bitter orange tree but unlike Neroli, which is distilled from the flowers, Petitgrain is obtained by distilling the leaves and young tips of the twigs.' - an excerpt from Pregnancy Book by Jennie Supper.