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.
Indonesia retains its foremost position as the largest producer of citronella oil. Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi are key producing regions with secure supply streams. Being a perennial grass, it is expected that there will be an uninterrupted supply of raw material leading to fairly stable pricing throughout the country. Consequently, there is a more than sufficient supply of citronella oil, which does not seem to be abating anytime in the future. Not all exporters follow the ISO specified standard, so buyers must be wary of oils that are not up to the mark being offered at cheaper rates. Though the prices are fairly competitive the rates are lower than previous years’, and are anticipated to remain so for the imminent future.
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