The calamansi plant in the Philippines is as ubiquitous as it is common. It is often used to season dishes, preserve food, remove stains in clothing, deodorize and whiten the skin, and of course, make into juice. A prevalent ingredient found in most local commercial products, it is definitive and preferred in daily cleansing supplies.
Ironically, what is not as common and certainly not ubiquitous is the Calamansi (Citrofortunella microcarpa) Essential Oil.
Although I’ve been dabbling in essential oils from some time back, it’s only more recently that I’ve been taking it more seriously. I thought a good place to start would be selecting oils locally produced before moving onto more complex or unfamiliar imported essential oils. So far, Casa de Lorenzo is the only supplier I’ve found producing the essential oil.
Clearly I won’t be able to provide comparisons to other brands, but I can say it smells rather sweet and mild straight from the bottle. I’ve placed a few drops in my vaporizer where it similarly emitted a fresh, citrus fragrance with a touch of floral notes. I don’t know why I was expecting something more pungent (probably from exposure to its artificial counterpart), but it smells a lot milder than lemongrass or citronella. I’ve also added it to a blend of essential oils and it seems to be a wonderful addition if you’re into making colognes or perfume.
I’m still in the process of testing for various purposes but here are some of the benefits:
- Skin – lightening, acne, deodorizing, firming, anti-aging
- Cleanser – very good in neutralizing odors
- Alleviates depression and anxiety