Citronella oil is extracted from a grass (Cymbopogon winteranus) native to Sri Lanka and Java (Indonesia). The species Cymbopogon winteranus is used for the production of citronella oil by steam distillation.
Citronella is commonly used in soaps, candles, perfumes and other products in the cosmetic industry. It is also a plant based, non toxic insect repellant, registered for this use in the United States since 1948. You will find it listed in many topical products.
As a perfumery ingredient it has been historically well represented due to its citronellal, citronellol and geraniol content.
Often referred to as 'Citronella Oil Java Type' due to its origins. Indonesia is the second largest producer behind that of China. It is estimated that the total world production of citronella is around 4,000 tons with China and Indonesia representing a 40% share of this volume.
Historically China has had a lower cost basis for this product and as a result is the dominant producer, however that is changing, so keep an eye on our market updates to find your most competitive source.
Indonesian citronella holds a dominant position in the market. Due to the lack of new sources, prices have tended to move in an upward direction, rising 15% in the past 5 months. There is a high demand, while supplies are constrained due to multiple factors, such as a large local demand for insecticide formulations, cleaning solutions, as well as citronella derivatives for export. Due to the wide availability of several qualities, buyers evaluate a lot of samples and don’t make decisions solely based on quoted prices. If this product is a crucial one for you, then we strongly suggest that you keep close tabs on Van Aroma, as an interesting project we are working on may drive the future of citronella.
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