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Blood Orange Essential Oil

Blood Oranges

The blood orange is an intriguing variety of sweet orange, and it shares the same botanical name, Citrus sinensis. The blood orange is named as such because its fruit segments are blood red in color.

Blood Orange Essential Oil

Aromatically, both Sweet Orange Essential Oil and Blood Orange Oil are similar. However, Blood Orange Essential Oil is a bit more tantalizing, bright and tart.

As the aromatic and therapeutic properties are similar, Blood Orange Essential Oil can be used in place of Sweet Orange Oil in both aromatic and therapeutic blends.

Botanical Name

Citrus sinensis

Common Method of Extraction

Cold Pressed/Expressed

Plant Part Typically Used

Citrus Rind (Peel)


Ranges from Pale Yellow - Orangish



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

The aroma is similar to Sweet Orange Essential Oil, however Blood Orange Oil is slightly tarter and has a more complex aroma.

Blood Orange Essential Oil Uses

Please refer to the profile for Sweet Orange Essential Oil.


As blood oranges are considered a variety of sweet orange, its constituents should be similar with Limonene comprising up to 95% of the oil. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 372-273.]

Safety Information

Please refer to the profile for Sweet Orange Essential Oil.

Shelf Life

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