Lemon (Perfumery Base)
Lemon (Citrus limomum) is a small evergreen tree native to Asia. The tree's ellipsoidal yellow fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, though the pulp and rind (zest) are also used in cooking and baking. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid,which gives lemons a sour taste.
Expressed Lemon Oil is a yellow to greenish yellow or pale yellow mobile liquid of very light, fresh and sweet odor, truly reminiscent of the ripe peel. No turpentine-like, harsh-terpene notes should be detectable on a perfume blotter. Good oils retain their fresh lemon odor practically unchanged on a blotter until there is no odor left at all. Expressed Lemon Oil is used in perfumes and flavors for its refreshing, sweet-fruity note. It is one of the more important ingredients in the old-fashioned citrus-type of colognes, in “Eau de Verveine” and other toilet waters, lotions, aerosol sprays, etc. It finds general application as a freshener and topnote ingredient in countless perfume types. Lemon Oil blends well with other citrus oils, with lavender oil, lavandin, elemi, labdanum, petitgrain, neroli, etc. and among the most common fixatives for lemon oil are coumarin, vanillin, cinnamates, elemi resinoid, oakmoss products, araucaria oil, etc.