Calamansi Essential Oil

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.

Calamansi Essential Oil

I’m still in the process of testing for various purposes but here are some of the benefits:

USES
  • Skin – lightening, acne, deodorizing, firming, anti-aging
  • Cleanser – very good in neutralizing odors
AROMATHERAPY
  • Alleviates depression and anxiety

Alternatively Local

It’s great browsing the net for hours for interesting international posts on products, formulas, recipes, and procedures, of just about anything. Now, if I could only find that “Orris Root” in my supposed neighbourhood craft store.

Going local however, is a minefield of headaches. The search is bloody, tantamount to trade secrets. Websites are hardly updated, e-mails unanswered, listed phone numbers disconnected, and finally, the pièce de résistance – the unavailability of stock. So before you start smashing your laptop or tearing out that hand-carried book of instructions, I’ve put together a basic list of alternative staples for your Pantry or Medicine Cabinet and where to get them.

This is by no means a comprehensive list; it’s a shortlisted one. I’ll put in some more detailed reviews as we go along.

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Raw Local Honey

  • Palengke (Wet Market) – especially in the provinces.
  • Bee Blessing – available in QC Circle in the Horticulture area. Contact Info: cdfprods@yahoo.com.ph/+63917.464.3350
  • Mutya’s Raw Honey – +63929.846.2675

Online Purchase

I get these items from Cocowonder and contact them mainly via e-mail. It can be challenging as they can change personnel e-mail addresses without updating it on their website. You can however give them a call or visit their office and warehouse in Makati.

  • Coconut Flour
  • Coconut Cider

Major Supermarkets

  • Coconut Sugar – you can find larger sizes in Unimart
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) – I order mine online mostly from Milea Bath and Body Wellness
  • Grass-fed Beef – I get mine from Rustan’s Supermarket but it you can source it locally. Landmark Trinoma carries The Farm fresh produce, and you can also check Down To Earth in Makati.

Healthy Options

  • Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar – also occasionally available in SM Hypermart and Rustan’s Supermarket
  • Bragg’s Amino Soy Sauce – also occasionally available in SM Hypermart and Rustan’s Supermarket