Essential Oil Apothecary


Nova Mandarin Essential Oil


Citrus reticulata nova var. mandarin cold pressed from Uruguay.


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I hadn’t worked with Uruguayan citrus before and couldn’t find out much about it but having lived in Peru for a few years, I do know the citrus extracts from South America are of outstanding floral quality and citrus intensity. My nose was the real boss, picking up a lot of richness and deep citrus. I’ve carried plenty of mandarin and tangerine essential oils over the years but this juicy essential oil is so different, so “Satsuma-y” that it was decided the apothecary needed one more citrus essential oil. How could we not have the juiciest mandarine we’ve ever sniffed?

The Asian market has been seduced by the fruit since 2017 and I confess I, too am seduced by the scent profile of the cold pressed oil. Compared to Italian mandarin, it has forty – five constituents characterized in the oils with the limonene content varying from 75.26–96.23%. This is the kind of citrus oil that is useable in just about every application one could think of and is certainly a welcome brightness after the cold, dark winter.

Suggested uses: a drop or two in a bath, bedding, dish soap for effective grease cutting, and brings a real lift in an essential oil blend, handmade body care or soap making. Nova mandarin is a sure winner for wiping down stainless steel appliances. Put 3 to 4 drops on paper towel and wipe down. As a multi use after wiping down appliances, dampen the paper towel and wipe down the trash bin to deodorize and sanitize the container.

Stored in refrigeration until shipping to extend shelf life.


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