Product Abstract: Palmarosa is a wild plant that grows in the area northeast of Bombay and across the Himalayan Mountains to Nepal and to a lesser extent, Pakistan. It has long slender stems and terminal flowering tops. The grassy leaf from which the essential oil is derived is extremely fragrant. It is used extensively as a fragrance component in cosmetics, perfumes and especially soaps due to its excellent tenacity. Palmarosa is a member of the Lemongrass family, and was known as Indian Geranium Oil. It is still used in blends to extend the more expensive Rose oils.
Cautions: Dilute well before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping) be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.
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Rating: On it's own, Palmarosa is STRONG, maybe even a little pungent. However, it blends gorgeously with wood and citrus essential oils, bringing out a full-bodied EO blend. Definitely don't smell the "rose" in this, but love it nonetheless.
By:Angel, Richmond, British Columbia
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 31-May-2019
Rating: What would I do without this in my rose soap!!?? While the scent is very strong , it is a excellent alternative to rose oil. ( which I can't afford) I blend with the rose bouquet FO and scarlet FO and it makes a marvelous rose scent!! Just order myself a 2nd bottle of it.
By:Beckie, Elmcreek, Manitoba Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 29-Dec-2013
Rating: Sort of an odd, lemony-sweet-spice scent. Not bad, just interesting. Almost addicting, I sort of like it.
By:Cindy, Chatsworth, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 06-Dec-2012
Rating: On its own, I don't LOVE the scent...although I don't dislike it either. But it blends beautifully with so many other oils, and its therapeutic properties are amazing! I can't do without it now.
By:Anita, Cambridge, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 26-Nov-2013
Rating: This oil smells like wet dog. I can usually get past an oils scent for its therapeautic value but with this one I am still trying to find something to mask its odor so I can actually use it. I will not be buying this one again.
By:Kailein, Vernon, British Columbia
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 12-Feb-2017
Rating: well, this oil has the same strangely sweet-off-smell that the cinnamon bark (organic), and cinnamon leaf, and lemongrass - regular and organic did for me. I can't pinpoint what it is. But those others aged well and the strange scent diminished over months. This does have a rose-ish, geranium-ish smell to it. Will try it in very small amounts in blends.
By:Stephanie, Lethbridge, Alberta Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 25-Sep-2015
Rating: Ehhhh, kind of icky for me. Has the same strange sweetish odor I've had an issue with with Lemongrass and Cinnamon (Leaf & Bark) from ND. It does have a sweet floral note as well. Won't be buying again, but will use this up as it is a broad-spectrum germicide - I mix with Lemongrass and Cassia to kill everything in the air when we are sick.
By:Stephanie, Lethbridge, Alberta Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 25-Sep-2015
Rating: Fruity, fresh and floral, this is a beautiful way to bring other florals together. It's a staple for me.
By:Mikaela, Kitchener, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 04-Jan-2016
Rating: This oil smells wonderful! I love using this in my homemade facial oils because it has sooo many skin benefits plus it blends well with my other oils! It's one of the most affordable and versatile oils! I LOVE it!
By:John, Markham, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 11-Mar-2015
Rating: I adore Palmarosa! Its delicate sweet rose like scent with a hint of citrus is just heaven. I use it in my soaps and the aroma is stable and lasting. Very feminine as is, but blends well with almost every scents. Very affordable compared to rose oil, an excellent alternative. For me, Palmarosa is a 'must' in my soap making supplies.
By:Anyes, St Marys, Ontario
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 12-Feb-2013
Rating: I purchased the trial size, excellent pricing, as always, from New Directions. i really like this scent and use it it many of my combinations, especially, but not limited to those for ladies' use. delightful, uplifting, floral/spicy/slight citrus aroma
Rating: Another fantastic product offering from ND. I use Palmarosa mainly as an EO in my bug repellent sprays. It's not a scent I like in my personal care products, but I love it added to other strong smelling florals, to keep the bugs at a distance.
The price point is also very attractive in the 100ml size.
By:Elizabeth, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 18-Dec-2005
Rating: Very nice smell. Had no idea what to expect but this should be good in a soap or a cleaner.
By:Rava, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 29-Apr-2011
Rating: I purchased this oil for its anitviral properties and it did not disappoint. It has a much more pleasing aroma than tea tree and is very effective.
By:Natasha, Weyburn, Saskatchewan Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 13-Sep-2013
Rating: Great mixed with rose dilution and jasmine dilution...just the perfect scent to get a great rose scent. A little does go a long way! Love this one!
By:Elvira, Oakville, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 03-Feb-2012
Rating: This palmarosa is an outstanding oil it reminences a great floral scent that is a must have to any perfume mix.
By:Valirie, Mississauga, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 29-May-2013
Rating: I had kept reading about this oil, and didn't think I needed to add it to my collection, but I was curious. My order came just in time as I was making a night serum for my face, and it's perfect. Not as overpowering as I expected, and just right for an oil dilution. Anyone who wants an economical and gentle floral scent in their products should try this.
By:Nancy, St.catharines, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 26-Mar-2007
Rating: Very nice smell! I wasn't sure what to expect but I liked the qualities it possesses. Different and pretty smelling!
By:Jackie, Golden, British Columbia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 03-May-2013
Rating: I am happy with my first order of Palma Rosa EO.Very nice floral smell. I use it in my CP soaps. Also lovely as a room and linen spray mixed with a little clear alcohol and water. I already ordered it again this time 1000ml. Thanks New Directions for a great product and price!
By:Marina, Naramata, British Columbia
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 01-Mar-2013
Rating: The smell is far better than I had expected. It does remind me of rose. This scent is soft and beautiful.
By:Tania, Calgary, Alberta
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 12-Aug-2011
Rating: This scent is an unexpected surprize I will have fun working with this one for soap combos.
By:Susanne, Newmarket, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 15-Jul-2007
Rating: an odd scent that is difficult to "un-pack" at first, but I think I finally got it: palmarosa hits your nose with a warm flush of rose and follows quickly with a tangy citronella finish - similar to rose geranium but less cloying and more complex. I think it would be lovely with lemongrass or petitgrain.
Rating: When I first smelled this it was not what I was expecting..Granted, I had no idea WHAT to expect as I've never ever smelled the stuff.
So judging only by the name, I thought floral. What I got was tea. A nice, warm, Sunday afternoon cup of tea. I LOVE it.
By:Megan, Victoria, British Columbia
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 11-Apr-2012
Rating: I purchased this EO for its antibacterial properties. I mixed this EO with lavender EO to create a beautiful fragrance, perfect to diffuse in my nebulizer. I also added some to eucalyptus EO and made wax tarts. A little goes a long way.
By:Julie, Greenfield Park, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 29-Mar-2011
Rating: This Palmarosa is distinctive & quite mellow. It's a beautiful oil to use in perfumes to give them lasting quality.
By:Jefa, Calgary, Alberta Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 20-Jun-2006
Rating: The top note is just awful!! Like a rotten fermented tea with a hint of citrus. I just wanted to through it right away! But, after 15 minutes, I rubbed an almost dried blotting paper on my arm as on the paper, it only smelled fermentation: the smell is not bad at all, it has woody and rosy notes, it's even good indeed. But, you'll definitely have to add few drops of another EO more woody/rosy/citrusy notes if you prefer or if you want to mask this fermented/tea-type scent.
By:Chaina, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 11-Mar-2010
Rating: An interesting scent-a little hard to pin down at times. It changes outside of the bottle, and seems to be different, depending on the medium. In creams, it takes on a lemony tea scent. In room sprays, the floral attributes are more apparent. Mixed with cedarwood in a soy candle, it is my husband's favourite! It takes on a sweet, almost sugary note. Can't wait to try it in soaps.
By:Sharon, Yarker, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 07-Sep-2007
Rating: Not quite the scent I was expecting,on its own ,but blended with other oils it is quite nice.
By:Marilyn, Newmarket, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 11-Jan-2010
Rating: I love this one! it has a wonderful fragrance. My new favorite!
By:Jackie, Porter's Lake, Nova Scotia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 21-Jan-2009
Rating: This is not the best palmarosa I have ever experienced, but at this price it's simply amazing. This oil works ! I would not consider it a skin irritantas the description says, maybe in high doses, because it stimulates circulation like not many other. It feels warm on the skin and at the right dosage it can be a very pleasing oil to work with !
It feels a little overpowering from up close, but it soons melts into a pink fluid fragrance, feels a bit citrusy even with some distance. A wonderful array of floral bouquet soon follows afterwards.
Rating: This oil is a surprise hit at my clinic. Try palmarosa in a salt or sugar scrub. I use its gentle, penetrating scent in an incense my incense-making class called "Fluid Focus".
By:Tracey, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Jan-2007
Rating: I totally agree that Palmarosa has lasting power in cold process soaps, something that can be tricky with other essential oils. I use this wonderful oil in several different scent blends with great success.
By:Vanice, Cambridge, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 19-Dec-2006
Rating: It smells terrible from the bottle but when I poured out a few drops and got a good whiff, I was glad I got this EO.
Rating: Nice Scent! I personally hate the smell of geranium bourbon so I was scared of this one (I figured it would be similar). I am pleasantly surprised!
By:Miranda, Edmonton, Alberta Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Feb-2008
Rating: I continue to be impressed by the consistency of the essential oils from New Directions. This palmarosa is not exception and is a reasonable price.
By:Trudy, Warkworth, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 15-Jun-2006
Rating: Good quality, good price.
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