Botanical name: Litsea cubeba.
Method of extraction: steam distillation.
Plant part: fruit.
Scent: sharp, lemony aroma.
Perfumery note: medium note.
Blends well with: mandarin, lavender (diffusion).
Ingredient (INCI): Litsea cubeba (May Chang) Essential Oil.
Litsea can be used in diffusion, mixed for example with Mandarin and Lavender for relaxation or purify the air. It also makes a very refreshing bath oil.
Add 2-3 drops in a 50ml face cream to help fight acne or oily skin.
Precaution against topical use in children and infants under age 2 and for those with hypersensitive or damaged skin.
|Product type||Essential oils|
|Skin concern||Oily & Combination|
|Country of origin||USA|
The species Litsea cubeba belongs to the Lauraceae family and is also known as Chinese Pepper and Mountain Pepper. It is a small deciduous tree that grows to a height of 5 to 8 m (16-26 ft), with a smooth trunk measuring 6-20 cm (2.5 to 8 in) in diameter. The tree bears white or pale yellow, lemon-scented flowers, and small fruits which are similar in shape to small peppers, from which the word ‘cubeb’ is derived.
Measuring between 4 to 6 mm in diameter, the aromatic fruits are almost spherical in shape and green in colour, turning red then dark brown upon ripening. When dried, these small fruits look like large, dried black peppers and provide the source of May chang essential oil, although oil can also be extracted from the flowers, branches, bark, roots and leaves too. The essential oil derived from these parts of the plant do not have the same odour as the fruits though.