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Mandarin Essential Oil
Of all the citrus oils, Mandarin Oil is the sweetest and tends to be the most calming. It is considered very uplifting. Aromatically, it blends well with many other essential oils including citrus, floral, wood, spice and herb families of oils.
Mandarin Essential Oil is a favorite of children and parents. If desiring to diffuse a citrus oil in the evenings before bed or with children, Mandarin Essential Oil may be the best choice.
Mandarin Oil is not phototoxic (see below).
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Citrus Rind (Peel)
Strength of Initial Aroma
Very sweet, citrusy, fruity.
Mandarin Oil Uses
Acne, dull skin, insomnia, oily skin, scars, spots, stress, wrinkles. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]
[B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 21 no. 2, 1996), 25-28. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 342.]
Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young recommend careful storage and avoiding use of oxidized Mandarin Oil to prevent skin sensitization. Tisserand and Young confirm that Mandarin Oil is not phototoxic. However, Mandarin Petitgrain Oil from the leaves of Citrus reticulata is phototoxic. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 87,343.]
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