Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil: The aroma has a strong camphoric bottom note with a refreshing lemony top note similar to citronella. Lemon eucalyptus essential oil is an ingredient that's key to some of today's leading brand natural insect repellents. It's a wonderful alternative for those wanting to avoid insect repellent that uses the chemical DEET. The EPA has registered lemon eucalyptus essential oil to be safe and as effective as low concentrations of DEET. The EPA also states that this essential oil can repel those nasty little critters for up to 6 hours. Suggested usage rate is 30-40% in sprayable applications. It can be added to lotions, soaps, or facial cleansers. The aroma pairs well with wood or citrus essential oils.
Distillation method: Steam Distillation
Country of origin: China
Botanical name: Eucalyptus Citriodoria
Flash Point: This low-flashpoint fragrance (118ºF) will ship Ground Only, regardless of the shipping method you choose at checkout. It cannot ship outside the lower 48 U.S. states or USPS.Photo attribution - ©Can Stock Photo
I can't wait to use this in bug repellant products --but I see you say the usage rate is 30-40% for spray on products. However, the IFRA safe usage rate for lotions, etc is only 5%. Can you explain this?
I tried this essential oil in a batch of cold process soap. It doesn't smell like either lemon or eucalyptus but has a very, very strong flowery scent. Hopefully, as the soap goes through its process over the next several weeks, the scent will become less a bit more subtle.
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Phyllis! The Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil has a strong camphoric bottom note with a refreshing lemony top note similar to citronella. It does not have any floral notes so I am worried you received the wrong scent. I will email you directly to resolve this issue.
This oil is okay. It behaves well, gives off a distinct and strong scent, and it doesn't fade after curing. I'm just not a huge fan of the scent personally. It smells like bug spray to me, or floor cleaner. Tip: Don't mix both camphorous AND citrus scents with this at the same time because it might make the bug spray-ish smell stronger--it's much better on its own or only mixed with one of the fragrance profiles if you decide you want to subdue that aspect.
I did make a straight batch with this, and I gave out some of the bars to friends and family. Some really loved it and thought it smelled similar to lemongrass, and others just liked the novelty of having a soap bar that smells like insect repellent. Most people I've asked like it regardless of what they think it smells like, so I may be in the minority in being on the fence.
I have strong happy associations with the smell of Murphy's Oil Soap, so I made CP soap with this. I also tried two other blends - one with sweet basil EO and another with geranium - in soap. The basil blend is very fresh and lively. I liked it so much that I'll try Lemon Eucalyptus with other cooking-herb essential oils.
This smells just like Murphy's Oil Soap. Hopefully it will be good for the bugs!
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Rachel! Our Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil definitely has a camphorous base note with a lemony top reminiscent of citronella. If you're looking for other herbal scents you may like Karma Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, or Spearmint Essential Oil.
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