Geranial and Neral - The Aromatic Aldehydes

Citral, a compound found naturally in the essential oils of several plants, comprises two isomers: geranial (or citral A) and neral (or citral B). These components contribute to Citral's distinctive lemon scent. Historically, Citral was first isolated in 1884 by F. Tiemann, who discovered its presence in lemon oil, leading to its widespread use in fragrances and flavours. The term 'Citral' itself, reflecting its citrus origins, signifies the essence of its discovery and application through time.

Citral is an essential aroma compound in citrus oils, contributing a strong lemon-like scent that's both fresh and invigorating. Found in lemongrass, lemon myrtle, and other citrus herbs, Citral is highly valued in aromatherapy and skincare for its refreshing fragrance and therapeutic properties. It's used in various products, from perfumes and cosmetics to cleaning agents, showcasing its versatility and appeal.

Benefits and Uses

  • Natural Antimicrobial: Citral exhibits antimicrobial properties, making it beneficial in skincare formulations aimed at purifying and cleansing the skin.
  • Aromatherapeutic Qualities: Its lemony scent is uplifting and can help to reduce stress, contributing to overall well-being and a positive skincare experience.
  • Antioxidant Properties: Offers protection against oxidative stress, helping to maintain skin health and appearance.
  • Skin Conditioning: Citral can contribute to the conditioning and softening of the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Citral in Kissed Earth Products

Kissed Earth has harnessed the power of Citral in a selection of products designed to awaken, cleanse, and enzymatically renew your skin. Found in our Awaken, Cleansing, and Enzymatic products, Citral's inclusion underscores our commitment to natural, plant-derived ingredients. These offerings leverage Citral's aromatic and antimicrobial properties to enhance your skincare regimen, imbuing it with the essence of nature's purity.

Citral FAQs

Citral's popularity in skincare is attributed to its dual action as both a potent antimicrobial agent and a natural, refreshing fragrance source. This combination effectively meets the skincare needs by offering protection while elevating the sensory experience of the product.

Citral benefits the skin through its antimicrobial properties, which help keep the skin surface clean and clear. Additionally, its antioxidant capability supports the skin in combating environmental stressors, aiding in maintaining the skin's vitality and health.

When used in appropriate concentrations within skincare formulations, Citral is suitable for a wide range of skin types. Its benefits apply universally, although individuals with sensitive skin should always patch-test any new product.

The inclusion of Citral in aromatic skincare products is primarily for its strong, lemon-like scent, which has uplifting and mood-enhancing effects. This makes it a favourite in products designed to invigorate and refresh the skin and senses.

Utilising Citral, especially from natural sources, aligns with eco-friendly skincare practices by promoting the use of renewable, plant-derived ingredients. Its effectiveness and multifunctional applications reduce the need for synthetic alternatives, contributing to a more sustainable approach to skincare formulations.