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Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil
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Olfactive Description: Fresh Lemon, Green, Grassy

Grassy and lemon fresh, Litsea Cubeba is an uplifting essential oil. Made from the fruit of the litsea cubeba, the steam distillation process produces a fragrant lemony, green, and fresh essential oil with grassy notes. This essential oil is also known as May Chang and originates from China and South East Asia.

We recommend this essential oil for use in candles, wax melts, and tarts. It also makes cheerful bar and liquid soap, scrubs, lotion, and perfume. An added bonus, this fresh scent performs well in reed diffusers, too.

Candle Maker’s Notes:
A top performing essential oil in soy wax, we found this Litsea Cubea to have a strong hot throw in soy wax that highlights the lemon accords.

Blends Well With: Black Pepper, Cedarwood (Virginia), Eucalyptus, and Pink Grapefruit

Fragrance Wheel Family: Citrus

Vibe Check: Uplifting, Energizing, Vibrant

Suggested Colors: Peach, Orange, Green, Yellow

See our complete list of candle making dyes and soap colorants.

Storage Tip: Best stored refrigerated away from food products or in a cool, dark place.

Returns: Essential oils can only be returned with an unbroken, original seal on the bottle.


Botanical Name
Litsea Cubeba
This product is not Certified Origin
Plant Part
Extraction Method
Steam Distillation
180°F (82°C)
This product is not Prop 65 Warning Required
Soy Performance
3 of 3

Recommended Applications

This product is Candle Safe usage: 3.0% - 6.0%
This product is Bar Soap Safe usage: 1.0% - 6.0%
This product is Liquid Soap Safe usage: 0.5% - 1.0%
This product is Lotion Safe usage: 0.5% - 2.0%
This product is Room Spray Safe usage: 5.0%
This product is Perfume Safe usage: 20.0%
This product is Diffuser Base Compatible up to 25.0%
*Usage amounts are recommendations only. Individual usage amounts can vary based on your desired essential oil strength, wax type, soap base, or lotion base. See IFRA certificate for max usage levels. Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.

Cold Process Soap Performance

Dark Yellow

Lye Water Temperature 110ºF (43.3°C)
Oil Temperature 109ºF (42.8°C)

We did not experience any acceleration or separation. We stick blended to a medium trace and it poured smoothly into the mold. After 24 hours, we observed the soap discolored to yellow and had almost reached a full gel. The scent was strong. After 30 days, the soap discolored to a dark yellow and the scent remained strong.

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Product Reviews

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5 out of 5 Stars.
Great lemon scented EO

464 wax, 5% EO, really great HT. CT is actually pretty weak, but that seems to be one main difference between the EO's and fragrance. This smells more lemony than the actual lemon EO. It's more of a sweet lemon--reminds me of lemonheads actually.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Sweet Citrus

I'm not making candles with my essential oils, so I can't speak to that, but on its own in a soap/body base blend this is a lovely sweet lemony scent.

3 out of 5 Stars.
Great scent, but...

The scent is very pleasant! Very similar to the CS Lemon Verbena fragrance oil.

I realllllly wanted to like this - I made candles at 8% load in 464, and burning this gave me a headache that I've never experienced with the fragrance oils. I'm sure it may help if I reduced the fragrance load to 6%, but I don't think I'd be comfortable bringing this into my line.

No need for CS to reach out. Good luck all!