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July 23, 2019 3 min read

If you have never experienced a Mandarin Petitgrain (Citrus reticulata blanco var mandarin) essential oil, it’s rather unique. From using it in acneic formulations to emotional and soothing blends, this oil is a favorite of mine. To help you learn more about it today I am sharing a Mandarin Petitgrain Essential Oil Spotlight.

It’s definitely a must try for you if you enjoy petitgrain oils! With its sweet, fresh, citrusy, and tangy energy, it’s a deliciously delightful essential oil you will adore.

From Botanical to Bottle

Did you know that the Mandarin Petitgrain tree can produce four verydifferent oils? Yes! Essential oil can be obtained from the leaves, the flowers, when the fruit is green and when the fruit is ripe. Pretty amazing, right?

The essential oil information I am sharing with you here is obtained through distillation of the mandarin tree leaves. It’s important to understand that this oil is nothing like the Petitgrain Bigarade obtained from the leaves of the bitter orange tree.

Mandarin Petitgrain Essential Oil Spotlight

Image credit: Ballylocci, AdobeStock.

What You Want to Know

Aside from the information, what do you really need to know about it? One thing you want to know is that this essential oil is considered phototoxic. It has a very low percentage of furanocoumarins that should be noted when blending with other phototoxic essential oils. So, remember to use in low dilution (0.14%) when applying to the skin.

So how do you use it? For practical and energetic uses, it has a lot to offer. It’s soothing yet uplifting so you can utilize it in diffuser blends right after work to relax. It’s also great near bedtimes. It’s cooling and purifying making it a wonderful option in acneic formulations.

What does it blend well with?

You might be asking yourself now, “But what does it blend well with?” I’ll make that easy and just give you a list to try below. But first, a few hints to help you blend!

Try smelling the aromas of the mandarin petitgrain with each oil as a pair from the caps. So, holding the mandarin petitgrain and the bergamot cap side by side, inhale sweeping both from side to side under each nostril so you can identify if you like the to blended together. Also, you might consider whether each oil you are using is a top note, middle note or base note (I consider mandarin petitgrain a middle note).

  • Bergamot,
  • Virginia Cedarwood,
  • Cardamom,
  • Clary Sage,
  • Clove,
  • Geranium,
  • Lavender,
  • Ironbark Eucalyptus,
  • Neroli,
  • Orange,
  • Rose,
  • Sandalwood,
  • Ylang Ylang.

Blending with Mandarin Petitgrain

I know you will love it like I do, so below are a few recipes for you!

Diffuser Blend for Uplifting Emotional Support:

  • 2 parts Mandarin Petitgrain (Citrus reticulata)
  • 2 parts Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 1 part Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena)

Topical Blend for Healthy Skin Support:

  • 1 part Mandarin Petitgrain (Citrus reticulata)
  • 1 part Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • 1 part Virginia Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
  • Argan
  • Create stock blend of essential oil blend starting with equal parts of each.
    • If you prefer more of a base note, add more Virginia Cedarwood.
    • If you prefer more of a top note, add more Geranium.
  • Add up to .5% essential oil to Argan
    • So if you are using 10 grams of Argan, you would add 0.5 grams of your stock blend.

Let me know your thoughts below and if you haven't already, get your Mandarin Petitgrain here.