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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