Petitgrain essential oil

NZ $10.00

100% pure


Essential Oils: P - Y


Petitgrain essential oil


Petitgrain aurantium amara




Clear to pale yellow


Orange blossoms with a bitter, woody and herbaceous undertone

Plant part used

Twigs, leaves

Extraction method

Steam distillation






Oil and alcohol

Usage rate

Skincare : 0.1 - 1%
Soapmaking: 1 - 3 %



Blends well with

Bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, lavender, lime, jasmine, neroli, orange, palmarosa, rosemary, rosewood, sandalwood, ylang ylang.



Palm oil


Animal tested



Description: The bitter orange tree that provides the petitgrain essential oil is also the source of bitter orange oil and neroli oil.

History: Originally the oil was produced in distilleries from the unripe oranges when they were the size of cherries. This explains why it is named petitgrain – which in French means little grains. Nonetheless, this proved to be uneconomical and so the oil began being extracted from the leaves and twigs of the orange tree instead.

Consistency: thin

Strength of aroma: medium

Common uses

Aromatherapy: Petitgrain essential oil has a fresh, sweet, and slightly woody aroma that many find pleasant and refreshing. It's often used in aromatherapy to create a calming and uplifting environment. Diffusing petitgrain oil can help improve the overall atmosphere and promote relaxation.

Air freshener: The appealing aroma of petitgrain oil makes it a great choice for creating homemade air fresheners. You can add a few drops of the oil to water in a spray bottle to create a natural and uplifting air freshener for your living spaces.

Cleaning agent: Petitgrain is said to be suitable for creating DIY cleaning products. It can be added to homemade cleaners to provide a fresh scent and can help disinfect surfaces.

Insect repellent: While not as commonly known as other essential oils like citronella or eucalyptus, petitgrain oil also are said to have insect repellent properties. It can be used in natural bug sprays or added to candles to help keep insects away.

Candles and crafts: Petitgrain oil's aromatic qualities make it a popular choice for scented candles, potpourri, and other home fragrance products.

Safety data: Very potent and not to be used on sensitive skin. Avoid use during pregnancy.

Packaging - See our blog on our commitment to sustainable packaging.
Our essential oils come in amber glass bottles with dripulator caps:
5ml and 20ml with an 18 neck dripulator cap, either white or black, depending on stock availability.
30ml, 50ml, 100ml, 250ml, with a 28 neck white dripulator cap (except for oils that are too thick for a dripulator, which have a black open pour cap).
500g and 1kg options come in an aluminium bottle; 5L comes in a plastic jerrycan.
If you need precise drops for your products we suggest you buy our 5ml or 20ml dropper bottles and transfer the oils or buy our disposable or glass pipettes

Important note: The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

General safety information: Do not take any oils internally.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children.
A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.


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