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Palmarosa Essential Oil: This essential oil has a sweet floral aroma similar to rose or geranium. Historically it's been used for its benefits to the digestive tract and antibacterial properties. Traditionally it's used in perfume blends and insect repellants. We recommend using this essential oil in your favorite lotions, body butters, or soap recipes for its pleasantly rose-like aroma. Palmarosa blends well with a plethora of essential oils from bergamot and chamomile to citrus and cedarwood. 

Behavior in Cold Process Soap: Will accelerate trace, mild yellow color


Distillation method: Steam Distilled

Country of origin: India

Botanical name: Cymbopogon martinii

Part: Grass

Photosensitizer: No

Lipsafe: No

Flashpoint: 200ºF +

Photo attribution - ©Can Stock Photo


Average Rating:
(based on 6 reviews)

Showing 1 - 5 of 6 Reviews:

by Nora
on 10/26/2014
Love the rose smell
I was looking for a subtle rose smell, and this EO provides it. I like the herbaceous tones, since I wasn't looking for a sweet floral smell at all. I use it in my whipped body butters, mixing citrus EOs (orange, grapefruit,..). I love that slight citrusy rose smell, and sometimes people approach me, because they get a whiff of the scent, and they are intrigued. It's a lovely oil that I will continue to invest in. Have not used it in CP yet.
on 10/14/2014
Not what I was expecting
I agree with all reviewers. This is an unusual scent. I was going for a rose and flowery scent for favors for my daughters baby shower. I paired the palmarosa with pikake fragrance oil at her request. She loved the final product. I used more pikake than palmarosa. It worked out well. Not sure what to try next with this one. Maybe citrus?

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Mary! I'm sorry this scent wasn't your favorite. The good news is it does mix well! You may like it paired with Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil, 10x Orange Essential Oil or Elemi Essential Oil.

by Keisy
on 8/1/2014
What to do with this one?
I had my eyes on this essential oil for months and finally decided to order it. I honestly am not sure what to do with this oil. I don't think it smells awful but it is quite a difficult scent to blend as the other scents I've tried blending with it (of course, I use index card strips to sample the blends), are overpowered and that earthy/grassy scent just comes through all the time. On it's own I do smell the hint of rose but the earth/grass smell- wow. Just found out it may be an insect repellent so I tried it with citronella and cranberry fig oils- not too bad. Will keep working on it.

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Keisy! This essential oil is great as an insect repellent, and is also great in lotions and soaps. You may like it blended with Bergamot Pure Essential Oil or Cedarwood Essential Oil.

by Cheryl
on 6/30/2014
Not pleasant at all
I've had this oil since January and can't seem to bring myself to use it. It's not pleasant at all. Just yesterday I considered blending it with some other oils, and in the end, I don't want to waste my other oils, so I put it back in the drawer.

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Cheryl! I'm sorry to hear this essential oil is not your favorite. I find that it does blend extremely well with other essential oils such as Lavender Essential Oil, or Chamomile Essential Oil.

by Fishing 4 Bubbles
on 6/25/2014
Different to everyone
Like the reviewer before me, I did not pick up on the floral notes at all here. I initially hated this Essential Oil (the only oil I didn't love instantly from Bramble Berry). I then made a small tester (small amount of my and pour scented with a few drops of oil), and took it around my household to gather opinions. Myself and one sibling thought it smelled earthy, like wet soil, and grassy - not at all sweet or floral. Another sibling said it smelled like sweet tea that was very condensed. I also had a family member say it smelled very pleasant and reminded her of roses. I let the sample "air out" for a day and found that I liked the scent better. I now use it in an essential oil blend with Lemongrass, Betgamot and Cedarwood. It rounds out the scents nicely and adds a pleasant layer of depth. All in all - not straight floral, but great in blends.
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