The bulk of the traded citronella (leaf/ grass) oil, cymbopogon winterianus, also known as javatype, is distilled in Indonesia, China and Vietnam. The Sri Lankan oil differs in its composition and is traded in much smaller volumes. The grass needs to be dried before distillation otherwise the composition and yield is affected, hence production is low during the wet season.
Category Essential Oils and Extracts
Regional Availability Worldwide
Harvest Period May - Jan
Natural Status EU Natural
Organoleptic Descriptors sweet, fresh, woody, weedy, geraniol
Common Applications citrus, lemongrass, lime, aldehydic, grass, tea lemon
Appearance Pale yellow to amber liquid
Assay min 32% citronellal
Optical Rotation -7.0 to +7.0
Refractive Index @20℃ 1.4450 - 1.5000
Specific Gravity @20℃ 0.850 - 0.920
Flash Point ℃ 79°C
Shelf Life (months) 12
Storage Recommendations Sealed containers in a cool dark place. Check quality before use.