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Palmarosa Oil India

Item#: 504131   CAS: 8014-19-5   FEMA: 2831

Odor Strength: Medium
Odor Description: Sweet, floral, tomato leaf, citronella, citrus, grassy, geranium
Taste Description: Sweet, floral, tomato leaf, citronella, citrus, grassy, geranium

Palmarosa, a tall grass also known as “Indian Geranium”, is a fragrant member of the lemongrass family.  The herbaceous grass smells of rose and citrus, and is an important ingredient in the flavor and fragrance industry.  It can be found in designer fragrances such as Le Labo Jasmin 17 and Bogue 07738.

Palmarosa is native to India, and is now grown in tropical, humid climates around the world.  India remains by far the main producer of palmarosa, processed locally for the purposes of the aroma industries. The tall herb takes around three months to reach maturity before it is harvested.  The herb’s flowers begin to turn dark red as the palmarosa grows.  Leaves are cleaned and dried before essential oil production.

Palmarosa essential oil is produced via steam distillation.  As the steam comes in contact with the dried palmarosa leaves, it allows the aroma compounds in it to evaporate.  Then, this vapor is condensed through a cooling chamber.  As the steam condenses to water, the oil decants and floats to the top and can easily be skimmed off.  By far, the main component of palmarosa oil is Geraniol, followed by smaller amounts of Geranyl Acetate, Linalool, and terpenes.

Palmarosa has a citrusy, floral scent widely used by perfumers. Many describe it as smelling like a fresh rose.  It is often in fragrance accords with lavender, bergamot, clary sage, and geranium for floral fresh blends.  Sometimes it is used with cedar or sandalwood for a woody and earthy twist.

Flavorists formulate Palmarosa oil to replicate the aroma of rose, and other floral flavorings.  It is also occasionally used in spice blends and alcoholic beverages.  The extract sometimes enhances certain types of tobacco flavors.

Palmarosa is common in aromatherapists’ remedies, for repelling insects, fighting bloating, and improving skin texture.

Vigon’s Palmarosa Oil India

If you are interested in seeing a sample or placing an order, please email Nicholas Bourne at nbourne@vigon.com or call 570-422-6026.