Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil
Latin name Cedrus atlantica – Family species Pinaceae
Atlas 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
Used in aromatherapy and found in pharmaceutical products and cosmetics. Insect (mosquitoes) and rodent (rat) repellent.
Cedarwood blends well with
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Precautions / Contraindications
Atlas cedarwood oil can cause irritation to sensitive skin.
Also see Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
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