14 | Citronella Java

Updated: Jan 9, 2020

The History of Citronella

Citronella Java exudes a vibrant and uplifting scent similar to lemon. This fragrant grass was given the name Citronella from the French word meaning "lemon balm". Citronella is often confused for Lemongrass, as they share a similar look, growth, and processing method. The two plants are actually considered to be cousins, as they belong to the same plant family – the Cymbopogon family, which we commonly refer to as Lemongrass. One of the easiest ways to tell them apart is to have a look at their pseudostems. Lemongrass has off-white pseudostems, and the Citronella plants are reddish in colour.

Citronella Oil has acted as a natural medicinal remedy for centuries and a food ingredient in China, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Traditionally it is used as a flavouring agent in culinary applications, a soothing agent for pain, infections, rashes, inflammation, a non-toxic insect-repelling agent and a natural and fragrant household cleaning agent. It is also an ingredient found in perfumery, soaps, detergents, scented candles, and cosmetic products. Citronella Oil continues to be highly respected for its cleansing, disinfecting and freshening properties.


Citronella in Numbers


Let's get straight into it. If you head to Mystic Moments right now, you will be able to pick up a 10ml bottle of Citronella Java for an amazing £1.50. A whole kilogram will cost you £44.95, which is certainly affordable! Yeah, it's cheap, but is it the cheapest? No. Therefore Citronella scores a...



It has been reported that Citronella has a well-rounded lemon citrus scent, though it is much softer than actual lemon. It also has subtle wood tones. It is meant to be an excellent bug repellent, but in my opinion, it is also a tremendous human repellent. I'm not a fan, Citronella scores a...



I found Citronella to have a robust, citrus and woody aroma. I personally find it to be very strong and I'm not surprised it keeps the mosquitoes away! It scores a solid...



Citronella Java makes for an excellent natural insect repellant.

It can balance oil production on the face and scalp, thus benefitting those with oily hair and acne.

Has diuretic, sedative, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and detoxifying properties.

Cleansing, anti-microbial effects make it ideal for use in natural deodorants, air fresheners, and hair and body cleansers.

Has qualities that promote skin and hair health by facilitating moisture absorption, the healing of infections and protection against pollutants.

Has a calming effect that promotes a positive mood with enhanced focus and mental clarity.

Citronella has a variety of uses, cosmetically, medicinally and topically and therefore, scores a well deserved...



Citronella Java is undoubtedly popular around the world, but it seems this popularity has yet to hit the UK. With its outstanding amount of uses, I can see this oil growing in popularity, but for now, it scores a...


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