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The aroma of Grapefruit essential oil is a true citrus—fresh and sweet yet bitter.
Common Name: Grapefruit
Plant Part: Peel
Form: Essential Oil
Synonyms: C. racemosa, C. maxima var . racemosa, C. decumana L., shaddock oil
Origin: Native to tropical Asia, West Indies. Widely cultivated in the United States (Florida, California, Texas), Brazil, Israel and Nigeria.
Botanical Description: A tree often over 9 to 15-meter (30-50 ft.) high, with a rounded to conical shape, ovate glossy leaves, and smooth, gray-brown bark. The flowers are white, large and fragrant. The fruits are large and yellow or light-lemon or orange. The rind is thin and the flesh is grayish-yellow or pink.
Method of Extraction: Essential oil is obtained by cold expression of the fresh peels of the fruit. The oil is a yellow to reddish or orange mobile liquid (depending on the white or pink variety).
Aroma Profile: Grapefruit has a fresh, sweet, citrus-like top note. The middle note is sweet and citrus-like, with a faint bitter, orange-like undertone. The bittersweet citrus dry out note is faintly powdery.
Major Constituents: Limonene (90%)
Common Adulterants: Orange oil
Regulatory Status: GRAS 182.20
Aroma Benefits: balancing, cheering, encouraging, refreshing
Blends Well With: Bergamot, lemon, neroli, geranium, palmarosa, lavender, rosemary, cardamom, basil, ylang ylang
Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing, non-phototoxic
Directories: Essential Oils
Description: The aroma of Grapefruit essential oil is a true citrus—fresh and sweet yet bitter.