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Green mandarin essential oil

Commonly known as: Citrus Reticulata Peel Oil (INCI), Green Mandarin Essence, Citrus nobilis.
Botanical name: Citrus reticulata Blanco.
Extraction process: Cold pressing.
Family: Rutaceae.
Part of the plant extracted: The fruit’s pericarp (peel).
Location: Brazil, China, Spain, Japan, United States, Morocco, Sicily, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria, France (Corsica).
Flowering: In winter and spring.
Provenance, origin: Brazil.
Phytochemical composition: D-limonene, gamma-terpinene, dipentene, p-mentha-1,4-diene, myrcene, alpha-pinene, terpinolene, beta-pinene, linalool, methyl N-methylanthranilate, alpha-thujene, sabinene, octanal, alpha-terpinene, (E)-beta-ocimene, p-cymene, alpha-selinene, paracymene, linalool, n-octanal, n-decanal, citral (geranial + neral), citronellol, geraniol.
Sensorial properties: Appearance: Liquid that can become cloudy if the temperature drops; Colour: Green; Odour: Characteristic of the fruit’s pericarp.
Physical characteristics: From organic farming; Density: 0.848-0.855; Refractive index: 1.472-1.478; Insoluble in water.
Benefits: Fragrant, soothing, purifying, relaxing.
Concerns: All skin typologies, especially irritated, dry, seborrheic and acne-prone skin; All hair typologies, especially irritated scalps; Recommended for stretch marks and cellulite.



Face care (creams, serums, exfoliants, cleansing gels, oils, masks, eye care); Body care (massage oils, milks, scrubs, balms, stretch mark treatments); Hair care (shampoos, detangling creams, masks, oils); Hygiene (deodorants, soaps, bath oils); Perfumes (perfume waters).


Essential oils are sensitive to UV rays. This is why it is advisable to store them in an amber glass bottle. Protect them from high heat and direct sunlight.

Contra-Indications and Precautions

Potentially allergenic. When applied topically, do not use on children under 6 years of age.  Do not use pure essential oil on the skin or mucous membranes. Essential oils should not be applied to the eyes, around the eyes, or in the ears.

Note: It is preferable to test the essential oil before using it (two drops in the hollow of the elbow for at least 24 hours to check that there is no reaction).

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Originally from Asia, mandarin owes its name to its color reminiscent of the silk robes of the mandarins, the high officials of the Chinese Empire. During the HAN dynasty, this citrus fruit had a high status. A government official was specially in charge of managing the affairs related to the mandarin. The mandarin tree arrived in Europe, and particularly in the Provence, only around 1800. This was 400 years after the orange. Its consumption is very common today. In cosmetics, this essential oil is known for its relaxing and soothing virtues, and brings a subtle fresh scent to formulas. Contrary to what we might think, there are no different varieties of mandarins. All mandarins come from the Citrus reticulata Blanco. Everything depends on the degree of ripeness of the fruit when the essence is extracted and therefore on the harvest time. Indeed, during autumn, the mandarin is rich in chlorophyll, its peel is then green. As winter approaches, the chlorophyll gradually disappears and the mandarin takes on an orange color, passing through yellow.