Project Description


  • Botanical Name: Melaleuca leucadendron
  • CAS No.: 8008-98-8
  • EC No.: 287-316-4
  • FEMA No.: 2225
  • Flash Point (°C): 46
  • Refractive Index: 1.4620 to1.4740 at 20°C
  • Specific Gravity: 0.8910 to 0.9210 at 20 °C
  • Optical Rotation (°): -1.00 to -4.00
  • Color: Pale yellow liquid
  • Solubility: Soluble in alcohol & oils, insoluble in water

The Cajeput tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia and grows in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, tropical regions of Australia, Java, and the Philippines. Cajeput oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and twigs of Melaleuca leucadendra. The oil yield of fresh leaves ranges from 0.5-1.5%.

In perfumery formulations, the oil is used as a middle note. The trees yielding the oil are found throughout Maritime Southeast Asia and the Australian continent. The majority of the oil is produced by Indonesia.

Cajeput oil is used as one of the ingredients in the manufacture of inhalants, decongestants, vaporizers, balm, and rub.

Odor profile:
Fresh, fruity, and camphoraceous notes

Major Constituents:
1,8-Cineole, Terpineol,  p- Cymene, Terpinolene, Gamma-Terpinene, Limonene, Linalool and Pinene

~ Cajeput oil is used in formulating fragrances for in cosmetics, soaps, detergents, and spray perfumes.
~ Therapeutically, the oil acts as antispasmodic, anthelminthic, expectorant, carminative, and anti-microbial.

Small quantity is used in massage oils to relieve muscular pain, arthritis, and rheumatism. It is also used in the manufacture of rubs and inhalers.


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