Mandarin Essential Oil

mandarinLatin name Citrus madurensis – Family species Rutaceae

Mandarin essential oil should not be confused with tangerine, although the oils are similar. Mandarin oil has a reputation of being a gentle oil which is uplifting and refreshing. Mandarin oil, as with all citrus oils, has a six month shelf life.


Oil Selection Guide

Color – Yellow gold
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Sweet, fruity, citrusy, floral
Perfume Aroma – Top / middle note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Tree
Parts Used – Peel / rind of fruit
Countries of Origin – Brazil, Italy, Algeria, Tunisia, Spain, Cyprus, Greece, Argentina, China
Extraction Method – Cold expression

Known Chemical Constituents

D limonene, gamma terpinene, geraniol, citral, citronellal, methyl methylanthranilate

Uses of Mandarin Oil

Used some in aromatherapy, Mandarin oil is also used in colognes, soaps, perfumes, and cosmetics, as well as in commercial food and drinks.

Mandarin blends well with

  • basil
  • black pepper
  • cinnamon leaf
  • clary sage
  • clove bud
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • grapefruit
  • jasmine
  • juniper
  • lemon
  • myrrh
  • neroli
  • nutmeg
  • palmarosa
  • patchouli
  • petitgrain
  • roman chamomile
  • rose maroc
  • rose otto
  • sandalwood
  • ylang ylang

Recipes and Ideas

Fragrant Dishwashing Liquid

Special Precautions*

Mandarin essential oil is mildly phototoxic.
Mandarin oil, as with all citrus oils, has a six month shelf life.
* See Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See References and Resources page.

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