I think that citronella can be a skin sensitizer.

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Posted by Faery Ring on August 7, 2002 at 17:57:22:

In reply to: Re: it is a photosensitizer! posted by Catherine Cartwright jones on August 7, 2002 at 13:03:01:

My understanding is that all cold-pressed citrus oils are potential
photosensitizers. That would include Bergamot, Neroli, and
Petitgrain. Steam distilled citrus oils should remove the
photosensitizers and make them safer for skin. Citronella is a grass
sort of like lemongrass so it really isnít a citrus and I think they
are usually steam distilled. I think they use that in Avonís Skin-So-
Soft as an insect repellant which leads me to believe that it can be
used on the skin by most people. Here is the description from The
Bulgarian Rose Co.:

Appearance: transparent liquid; Color: pale yellow to yellow-brown;
Aroma: specific; Relative density at 20ļC: 0.8916; Refraction number
at 20ļC: 1.4730; Polarization in 100 mm tube: -1.5; Ester number
after acetylation: 229.67; Citronellal (%): 24.73; Content of
macrocompounds (%) (gas chromatography method): Geraniol: 26.86,
Citronellal: 27.89, Citronellol: 11.83, Linalol: 1.08.

It may be useful alternative to tea tree and cajuput oil.


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