Mandarin Oil Italy Citrus reticulata

  • Description

    Mandarin essential oil is extracted by cold expression from the peel of the mandarin fruit and is a member of the orange family. It can be produced as yellow, green or red depending upon the origin, maturity or species of the fruit. It is also considered to be one of the safest citrus essential oils for using in flavouring, fragrances and aromatherapy.

    As the name suggests, mandarin plants are native to China. From there, they went to Europe and now Italy is one of the biggest producers of mandarin Oil. The tree is also grown in plantations in South America, with Brazil and Argentina the two largest producing countries.

    Unlike the Citrus sinensis tree (orange oil or sweet orange) the mandarin tree is usually smaller in size. Once ripened sufficiently (depending on the desired outcome of the oil) harvesting is usually done by hand as these delicate fruits could sustain bruising or damage if mechanical harvesting equipment is used.

    Red and yellow mandarin is distilled from fresh, ripened fruit peel. Green mandarin is distilled from the unripe fruit of the mandarin tree, yielding a sharper greener oil than that of red and yellow mandarin.

    Apart from the obvious use as a flavouring agent in the food and beverages, we also find mandarin oil in cosmetics, body care products and perfumes. Additionally this oil has therapeutic uses. These include cytophylactic, digestive, circulatory, anti spasmodic and antiseptic uses to name a few.  

  • Product Details

    • Botanical name: Citrus reticulata
    • Origin: Italy
    • Crop Season: February - May
    • Plant/part used: Ripened fruit peel
    • Method of extraction: Distillation
    • TSCA CAS: 8008-31-9
    • EINECS: 284-521-0
    • INCI Name: Citrus reticulata peel oil
    • Chemical constituents: Myrcene, β-Pinene, a-pinene, gamma-terpinene, sabinene
    • Fragrance usage: max. 8%
    • IFRA: Restricted by IFRA
    • Allergens: Contains fragrance allergens
  • Latest Market Information April 4, 2019

    The previous crop scenario was very bleak, and so there was very little processing of green and yellow mandarins. There may be not more than 50 to 70 drums in all Sicily; and almost all of these are already sold or under contract at between €68 to €72/ kg. Red mature mandarin oil is processed from the end of January onwards but less than green and yellow mandarins. It is a discouragingly small crop and at the end of February there was a shutdown in production.


    Market price EURO 72.00 /kilo (Red), EURO 74.00 /kilo (Yellow), EURO 73.00 /kilo (Green)
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