Latin name Gardenia jasminoides – Family species Rubiaceae

Gardenia, also referred to as Gardenia radicans, G grandiflora, G florida, G augusta, Gardinia, Cape Jasmine, Cape Jessamine, and Common Gardenia, is primarily used in high class and quality floral oriental perfumes. An absolute and concrete are produced. Most Gardenia oil is synthetic.

“The expensive, rich, warm, heady floral oil produced from the flowers is considered “osmically balanced” (as are Carnation and Lavender), which means that their floral compounds are perfectly balanced, containing a top, middle, and base note. For this reason, Gardenia is still enjoyed as a single-flower perfume.” –Crabtree & Evelyn Fragrant Herbal

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Dark yellow
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – rich, sweet, floral, somewhat mimics jasmine
Perfume Aroma – Top, Middle, Base note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Plant
Part Used – Flowers
Countries of Origin – India, China
Extraction Method – Solvent extraction

Known Chemical Constituents

Benzyl acetate, phenyl acetate, linalool, linalyl acetate, terpineol, methyl anthranilate

Applications and Uses

Primarily used in perfumery (particularly Oriental-floral scents).

Gardenia blends well with


Precautions / Contraindications

No specific safety data is available at this time for Gardenia oil.
Most Gardenia oil is synthetic.
See also Essential Oils Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.

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