Sweet Orange

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

sweet orangeLatin name Citrus sinensis – Family species Rutacea

Sweet Orange is otherwise known as C aurantium var dulcis, China Orange, and Portugal Orange. (In addition to the expressed oil, there is also a “weaker” oil created by steam distillation.)

Also see Bitter Orange Essential Oil.

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Yellow to dark orange
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Fruity, fresh, tangy, light, bright, refreshing, sweet, citrusy
Perfume Aroma – Top / middle note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Tree
Part Used – Rind / peel of fruit
Countries of Origin – China, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Italy, France, Spain, United States (California and Florida)
Extraction Method – Cold expression

Known Chemical Constituents

D limonene, n-decylic aldehyde, linalool, terpineol, b-carotin

Uses of Sweet Orange Oil

Orange oil is used in aromatherapy and as fragrance in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, soaps, detergents, toilet waters, perfumes, and eau de colognes. Also used to commercially flavor foods and beverages.

Sweet Orange blends well with

  • bay
  • benzoin
  • bergamot
  • black pepper
  • cinnamon
  • clary sage
  • clove bud
  • coriander
  • eucalyptus citriodora
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • ginger
  • grapefruit
  • jasmine
  • juniper
  • lavender
  • lemon
  • may chang
  • myrrh
  • neroli
  • nutmeg
  • patchouli
  • petitgrain
  • rose maroc
  • rose otto
  • sandalwood
  • sweet marjoram
  • vetiver
  • ylang ylang

Recipes and Ideas

Special Precautions*

Orange oil is phototoxic.
Dermatitis can occur in select individuals.
Orange 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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