Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil

Latin name Cedrus atlantica – Family species Pinaceae

atlas cedarAtlas cedarwood essential oil is commonly used in perfumery, especially men’s fragrances, and incense. Its Latin name ‘Cedrus atlantica’ means, literally, "Atlas cedar". Atlas Cedarwood is also referred to as Atlantic Cedar, Atlas Cedar, African Cedar, Moroccan Cedarwood, and Libanol. Red cedar oil is NOT the same and refers to Juniperus virginiana.

"It [Atlas Cedar essential oil] is a useful oil for traveling, as it repels mosquitoes and other insects, leeches, and rats! Aromatherapists use it to soothe chronic anxiety, stress, and skin and bronchial conditions…" -Lesley Bremness (Crabtree & Evelyn Fragrant Herbal: Enhancing Your Life with Aromatic Herbs and Essential Oils)

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Pale yellow to orange / deep amber
Viscosity – Viscous to semi-solid
Scent – Warm, sweet, soft, woody balsamy undertone, camphoraceous top note
Perfume Aroma – Base / middle note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Tree
Parts Used – Wood
Countries of Origin – Morocco, Algeria, United States, China
Extraction Method – Steam distillation

Known Chemical Constituents

Alpha and beta cedrene, cedrol, altantone, caryophyllene, cadinene

Applications and Uses

Cedarwood is used in aromatherapy and found in pharmaceutical products and cosmetics. Insect (mosquitoes) and rodent (rat) repellent.

Cedarwood blends well with

Recipes and Ideas

Precautions / Contraindications

Atlas cedarwood oil can cause irritation to sensitive skin.
Also see Essential Oils Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.

Other Links of Interest

Studies Involving Cedarwood Essential Oil

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