Lemon essence oil - Citrus limon (L.) burm F
Essences can be collected from fresh juice in a number of ways, including partial distillation prior to juice evaporation or by condensation of volatiles from the early stages of evaporation. De-oiling juice is important as the acid pH causes chemical degradation of the terpenes leading to off-flavours. Two phases, namely aqueous and oil, are obtained during recovery. The composition of essence oils is similar to that of peel oils but the essence oils usually contain a larger amount of aliphatic ethyl esters. Thus, their aroma resembles that of a particular juice more than that of peel oils.
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CategoryEssential Oils and Extracts
Harvest PeriodFeb - Sept
Natural StatusEU Natural
Common Applicationsbergamot, citrus, lemon, lime, peach, orange, mandarin
AppearanceColourless to pale yellow liquid
Assay1-3.5% aldehyde as Citral
Optical Rotation+55.0 to +75.0
Refractive Index @20℃1.4675 - 1.4820
Specific Gravity @20℃0.843 - 0.858
Flash Point ℃46°C
Shelf Life (months)12
Storage RecommendationsSealed containers in a cool dark place. Check quality before use.