- Botanical Name: Cedrus atlantica
- Origin: Morocco
- Process: Steam Distilled Essential Oil
- Plant Part: Wood
- Cultivation: Wild Grown
- Use: Aromatherapy / Natural Perfumery
- Note: Base note
- Aroma: Woody, balsamic, rich and warming, grounding and centering
- Contraindications: See Overview
- Certificate of Analysis
Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil
Atlas Cedarwood is a great essential oil for blending into formulas; its aroma is especially appealing to men. It has wide applications in aromatherapy as well as perfumery.
Atlas Cedar, also known as Atlas Cedarwood or Moroccan Cedarwood, is a large, aromatic tree that has been revered for millennia. It has been used as a medicine, a cosmetic agent and is considered to be one of the earliest incense materials.
Please be cautious when purchasing cedar essential oil! We recommend only Atlas Cedar and Himalayan Cedar, as they are the safest to use, have the nicest aroma, and are the only true cedars typically available.
Texas cedarwood and Virginia cedarwood are from junipers and are quite different in aroma and therapeutic value. Also, Cedar Leaf oil is from a type of cypress and best to use very carefully or not at all due to its toxicity.
Please avoid the use of any cedarwood oil during pregnancy.
Aromatherapy Uses: Antiseptic, oily skin and hair, insect bites, acne, astringent, expectorant, stress relief.
Safety Considerations: Contains ketones. Avoid use with small children, elders, epileptics, pregnant and/or nursing women.
- Not what I was expecting Review by Cat
- I'm somewhat new to the essential oil world, but when I get interested in something I go all out and oils are my new, fav thing. So I've been trying many different oils and I ordered an ounce of the Atlas Cedarwood thinking it would be more woody or earthy, but when I opened up the bottle it was, as other reviewers have said, "fruity, syrupy, medicinal and basically not was I was expecting, however it's not awful and has redeeming quality's, there is a woody aroma which is nice . I know it would work well with something and I'm now trying to find and incorporate another scent. (Posted on 12/25/13)
- a little goes a LONNNNG way Review by Wolfy
I agree with the first reviewer about the scent, it does smell fruity/cherry-like, syrupy and Medicinal and it can easily overpower a blend, but it DEFINITELY has it's uses in perfumery. A good example that I can think of that uses this atlas cedar in abundance would be Spanish fig and nutmeg by Bath House and it smells incredible. I'll admit I didn't like this ingredient at first, it's a bit sickening on it's own, but when I realized its potential I fell in love with it as a natural perfumery ingredient. It adds roundness and sweetness to dry woody accords and anchors down indolic florals beautifully.
(Posted on 11/22/13)
- Holy oil Review by Dan
- I love it! I use it in my fragrances for adding volume and smoothness. I use it for my aftershave jojoba oil composition and it is cool for my skin! I recommend it for all wooden aroma lovers. (Posted on 3/28/13)
- I love this stuff Review by Tracey
- I respectfully disagree with the other reviewer - the scent for me is lovely and intoxicating. I have a hard time not incorporating this into my base for each perfume formulation. It adds body, texture, and plays nice with the others ingredients. It's grounding to the sweet florals I tend to gravitate towards. I actually prefer this to the Himilayan. (Posted on 2/15/13)
- Not One for Perfumery, Yet Beneficial In Its Uses Review by Tess
I purchased this Atlas Cedarwood knowing that, along with the Himalayan version, it is the only "cedarwood" oil extracted from actual cedarwood trees (rather than junipers--as Virginian & Texan cedarwood, and cypress--as Chinese cedarwood). Thus, I assumed Atlas would smell similar to my beautiful Himalayan cedarwood oil...that is, mellow, woody, grounding, calming with great (in my opinion) fixative qualities.
Not so. This oil smells like cough syrup. I can't think of any other way of describing it. Fruity/cherry-like, syrupy. Medicinal. Sharp. Not terrible after the initial shock, but nothing like what I'd expected.
Nonetheless, this oil has its uses. I find it helpful for infections on the skin and particularly acne and dandruff blends. There are also respiratory uses for Cedarwood oils, but I have not researched these well enough to speak for them at this time.
Overall I'd say this oil is well worth its price but not useful for perfumery specifically; it is best kept with your medicinal oils. (Posted on 11/10/12)