Citrus aurantium

Petitgrain essential oil is derived from the bitter orange tree, which has a long history of use in traditional health practices. Among them are its ability to promote relaxation and reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Petitgrain is widely used in the perfume industry because of its fresh, herbaceous aroma. Petitgrain is also a great companion to Lavender essential oil, as they share many cosmetic benefits.


Citrus aurantium

15 ml
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Primary Benefits

  • Petitgrain oil has a fresh, floral and often herbaceous aroma.
  • The relaxing properties of Petitgrain essential oil can be beneficial for a massage.
  • Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections, idealy used before applying moisturiser.
  • Applying Petitgrain oils may promote calming and relaxing feelings.

Topical Tips

To help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, consider adding a couple drops of Petitgrain oil to Fractionated Coconut Oil and applying to skin blemishes or imperfections. When using a new essential oil topically, it can be helpful to test a small dose of the oil on your skin to ensure that it doesn’t cause any skin sensitivity or irritation. Due to their potency, it is also important to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before using them on the skin to help minimise skin irritation.
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  • Combine Petitgrain with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a relaxing massage.
  • Dilute and apply to skin to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Blends well with other citrus oils, Cassia, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Geranium, and Lemongrass.

Directions for Use

For massage, mix 5 drops with 10 ml carrier oil. For bath, mix 5 drops with 5 ml carrier oil. For perfuming, mix 1 drop to 10 drops carrier oil. For topical use only.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. Consult your doctor if pregnant or in treatment. Avoid eyes, inner ears and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight and UV rays for at least 12 hours after applying.

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Why Paraguay?

The bitter orange trees used for our Petitgrain essential oil are located in central and eastern Paraguay. Paraguay has produced Petitgrain essential oil for decades, so producers have the knowledge to distil high-quality essential oil. By sourcing Petitgrain from Paraguay through our Co-Impact Sourcing initiative, we support rural community development projects and provide diversified income for small-scale farmers.

How Does it Work?


Petitgrain comes from the bitter orange tree. Three essential oils are derived from the bitter orange tree: Petitgrain is distilled from the leaves and twigs of the tree, Neroli essential oil is distilled from the blossoms, and Bitter Orange oil is produced by cold pressing the rinds of the fruits. The same tree cannot be used for all three oils, however, due to timing. This is one reason why we source our Petitgrain essential oil from Paraguay and our Neroli essential oil from Egypt.

Our Petitgrain is sourced from small-scale producers in Paraguay who grow, harvest, and distil the oil on their own land. Many farmers use it as a sort of “savings” account – when they need additional funds for something (school, for example), they harvest the trees, produce the oil, and then sell it for the additional needed income. Trees can be harvested up to twice per year, and the leaves and twigs that have already been distilled are used as mulch, fuel for the distillation units, or as animal feed.

Ensuring Environmental Stewardship in Paraguay

Bitter orange trees grow throughout Paraguay. However, production has declined over the last few decades, leaving plantations as well as wild trees unharvested due to lack of demand. Unfortunately, forest lands are being destroyed at an alarming pace in eastern Paraguay, so these trees and the rich biodiversity of the Atlantic forests in that area are under threat.

Farmers in Paraguay who produce Petitgrain also produce a number of other crops. Many largescale farmers will clear their land completely, planting only soy or corn. This depletes the soil and removes habitat for animals. Encouraging farmers to diversify their fields and produce Petitgrain essential oil not only provides farmers with a diverse income, but also provides environmentally friendly alternatives for land use. We have linked this project with a rural development initiative run by Fundación Paraguaya. Organised producers can work with Fundación Paraguaya to request needed funds to build or refurbish their local stills. Sourcing from Paraguay provides farmers with an economically viable alternative to clear-cutting land, dramatically helping to protect the remaining patches of the Atlantic Rainforest in eastern Paraguay. 

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