Description and usage notes:
Red mandarin oil is produced from the mature fruits of the mandarin.
More expensive than the yellow and green forms because those are produced from thinnings whereas this is produced from fully ripened fruits. This expressed oil is a deep orange colour (despite being called red), distinctive mandarin odour, fruitier and richer in odour than yellow mandarin, less sharp, but sharing the characteristic mandarin note. Easy to use in many kinds of composition. See also our Mandarin, green for another type of mandarin oil, darker in colour and so less easy to use, but of very interesting odour.
The fresh complex odour is very characteristically mandarin and although the red form shares some characteristics with the much more expensive neroli oil, it is usually used for it’s own particular note. Additional information on the origins of the mandarin tree are included in the description for the related Tangerine oil.
Arctander says that “In perfumery, mandarin peel oil is used sparingly in colognes as a modifier for other citrus oils, in neroli bases, in fantasy “moss” notes, or as [a] particular note for ‘special’ effects.”
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