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Aroma: Citrus, Fresh Spice.
Found in: Lemon, Orange, Peppermint
Limonene is an aromatic terpene produced in the flower’s resin glands. In isolation, it’s commonly associated with fruity, citrus aromas. Limonene is a chemical found in the rind of citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and oranges. It is especially concentrated in orange peels, comprising around 97% of this rind’s essential oils.⠀
It’s often referred to as d-limonene, which is its main chemical form. ⠀
Limonene is extracted through hydrodistillation, a process in which fruit peels are soaked in water and heated until the volatile molecules are released via steam, condensed, and separated.⠀
This citrus compound is also used as an aromatic oil for its calming and therapeutic properties.⠀