Petitgrain Bigarade - Organic EO

Citrus aurantium var. amara L. (synonym of Citrus x aurantium L.)


Our organic Petitgrain Bigarade has a fresh, leafy-green, lightly floral, citrus aroma with light bitter/dry notes and rich, sweet undertones. This essential oil's Neroli-like aroma has made it a classic ingredient of Eau de Cologne formulas.[1]


Selected size SKU:811-016 - Petitgrain Bigarade - Organic 15 ml (1/2 oz) (w/ orifice reducer)

Sample 1 ml (1/30 oz)
15 ml (1/2 oz)
30 ml (1 oz)
59.14 ml (2 oz)
118.29 ml (4 oz)
236.58 ml (8 oz)
473.17 ml (16 oz)
1 kg (2 1/5 lb)
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Product Overview

Our organic Petitgrain Bigarade has a fresh, leafy-green, lightly floral, citrus aroma with light bitter/dry notes and rich, sweet undertones. This essential oil's Neroli-like aroma has made it a classic ingredient of Eau de Cologne formulas.[1]

Petitgrain Bigarade essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of a specific evergreen tree that also provides five other oils - from the blossoms: steamed distilled Neroli and solvent extracted Orange Blossom Absolute; from the leaves: solvent extracted Petitgrain Absolute; from the leaves, twigs, and blossoms: steam distilled Petitgrain sur Fleurs; and, expressed from the fruit peels: Bitter Orange oil.

Since the 1860s when nearly all citrus orchards, except for Bitter Orange trees, were destroyed due to root rot and gum disease, it has been the practice to use the highly resistant root stock of this specific citrus, Citrus aurantium var. amara, to propagate Lemon, Sweet Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, and Bergamot trees.[2] Petitgrain Bigarade is a subspecies of the sour or Bitter Orange, Citrus x aurantium L., with 'bigarade' denoting it as the true sour, true bitter (bigarade) or Seville Orange subspecies.[3] Please note that Petitgrain Paraguay essential oil is from a hybrid developed from a cross of Sweet Orange, Citrus sinensis, and (sour) Bitter Orange Citrus aurantium var. amara (or is possibly a mutation of Citrus aurantium var. amara) with a chemical profile and aroma that differs from that of Petitgrain Bigarade.[4]

Petitgrain has been called “poor man’s Neroli” as it is less expensive than Neroli essential oil yet offers many of the same benefits and uses. Due to its high linalyl acetate content, the aroma of Petitgrain is often used in calming massage blends, nighttime sprays and diffuser blends, after-shaves, and preparations for oily and congested skin.

1 Lawless, Julia. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, 1995, p. 118.

2 Guenther, Ernest. The Essential Oils, Vol. III, 1949, pp. 89, 228.

3 Ibid, p. 203.

4 Ibid, pp. 89, 203, 228.

5 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, p. 526.

6 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 375.

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3 Reviews


Customer Reviews

For once I totally agree!


Often my perceptions are different from the majority of people and/or I am reminded of everyday smells that I can relate the oils to and try to describe in layman's terms, but for Petitgrain Bigarade I find myself agreeing with both the description's scent profile and also the previous review. I have this, and Eden's Petitgrain sur Fleurs - Organic. The Sur Fleurs is, as you would expect, more floral since blossoms are a larger percent of that distillation. By comparison, Bigarade is greener, softer, not quite as intense in strength. It's definitely a pleasant smell overall and as mentioned elsewhere, I too detect notes that resemble vegetables, chamomile and geranium.

Review by Amy 6/10/2018

strong but gentle


My first impression smelling the vial was that it had a very pleasant citrusy-vegetable smell. Very refreshing, not at all sharp or harsh. The citrus note is a bit subtle and gives it a nice juicy kick. It really does evoke a feeling of wetness, fresh wetness like after a shower or rain. Underneath I feel it has the kind of sweet-herbal quality found in chamomile or geranium. The topnotes seem a little minty too. At first I thought it was a weaker smell that you needed to get close to smell it, but that was a false impression that came from how delicate and airy it is; when I put a dab of it on a tissue, after a few minutes it perfumed the whole room. Despite being listed as a top note, it has good staying power - a couple dabs of it on a tissue and the scent lingers well into the next day.

Review by Julia 8/6/2016

My Go-To Petigrain


I have five different petigrains in my collection, but this Petigrain Bigarade is my go-to for many uses. It's scent is particularly bright and sunny. It's beautiful in perfumery, and has a relaxing, yet uplifting effect on people in both perfumes and aromatherapeutic preparations. I recommend it for both.

Review by MashaR 9/17/2014

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