Petitgrain (Bigarde) Essential Oil

Botanical Name:
Citrus aurantium
Country of Origin:
Plant Part:
Twigs and Branches
Distillation Method:
Naturally Grown
Overall Profile
Primary Constituents
linalyl acetate
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Wholesale Pure Bigarde Petitgrain Essential Oil

100% pure Petitgrain essential oil from Wholesale Essential Oils. Our Petitgrain is steam distilled essential oil from trees grown in Italy. This variety comes from the leaves and twigs of the Citrus aurantium tree. This is the same tree producing both Bergamot and Neroli essential oils. The aroma is a beautifully-complex, slightly floral, citrusy and woody scent. Our Petitgrain Oil is available from sample size up to 1 kg or more.


Pure Petitgrain Essential oil steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the same tree that produces the bergamot fruit and neroli. The best Petitgrain comes from the Mediterranean region, and ours comes from Italy. It is sourced from the Rutaceae family of trees. This is the same tree that produces Orange and Neroli essential oil, but Petitgrain is extracted from different parts of the tree. Neroli is distilled from the blossoms and Orange essential oil comes from the rinds of the fruits.


Petitgrain is slightly different from other citrus oils and has a characteristically unique aroma. Citrus oils are pressed from the rinds of the fruit, whereas this is from the leaves and twigs. Inherently it has a wholly different chemical makeup. Petitgrain is greenish, slightly floral, bright and woody. Typically it has a high linalyl acetate (44.29%) and linalool (27.95%) content. The Bergamot Petitgrain 'aurantifolia' from Italy is the classic essential oil, steam distilled from Bergamot orange trees naturally grown in Italy.

We also offer two other Petitgrain essential oils, Mandarin Petitgrain and Neroli Petitgrain. As the name suggests, Mandarin Petitgrain comes from the leaves and twigs of the Mandarin tree. Neroli Petitgrain is a unique oil because it is distilled from the flowering branches of the Orange tree. The oil comes from the twigs, leaves, and blossoms, giving it a more complex floral woody aroma.

Aromatherapy Notes

The 'aurantifolia' Petitgrain essential oil is pale yellow and has a bright orange and lime top note followed by herbaceous, lemon-grassy middle notes with deeper woody and resinous undertones.

Traditional Uses

Petitgrain essential oil at one time was extracted from small, green unripe bitter oranges the size of a cherry - hence the name 'Petitgrain' or 'little grain'. This soon proved to be uneconomical as the production of this oil diminished the yield of bitter orange oil from the mature fruit later in the season. Today, the oil is distilled from the leaves and young branches of the tree. Petitgrain essential oil is one of the classic ingredients in 'eau-de-cologne', and is often employed as a fragrance component in perfumes, colognes, cosmetics and the like, and can be used to add orange flavor to many foods. In some cases, this aroma is used in place of its more expensive partner, Neroli.

Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature

From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:

  • Antidepressant, Antispasmodic, Deodorant, Digestive, Sedative, Stomachic
  • Uplifting and refreshing for nervous exhaustion
  • Helpful for acne and skin blemishes
  • “revitalizing, balancing, restoring, and clarifying

From The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy2:

  • Useful to balance oily skin and hair
  • Cooling and uplifting odor
  • Calming for symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome

Application and Use


This oil is non-toxic, a non-irritant and non-sensitizing; It is non-photosensitizing like other citrus oils can be. If ingesting, consultation with a physician is recommended.


1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holysitc Aromatherapy, 2003.

2 Wildwood, Christine. Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2000.