Bergamot, Sun Safe FCF Essential Oil

Price: $5.89
A single bergamot citrus fruit growing among leaves in a planter.

Citrus bergamia Cold pressed from the crude fruit peel, from Italy. The “FCF” stands for “furocoumarin free” and indicates that the phototoxic constituents, known as furocoumarins, have been removed. It is therefore considered Sun-Safe. This is an economical 100% natural blend of bergamots.

Aroma: Very fresh, light, tangy citrus with crisp green notes and a very faint floral undertone.

History: The name Bergamot is derived from the city Bergamo in Lombardy where the oil was first sold. This tree is native to South East Asia but was introduced to Europe, particularly Italy, and is also found in the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.

Colour: Green/Golden

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Top

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

In this variety, the bergaptene content which causes photosensitivity has been removed. This allows the Bergamot to be used in skin and hair care formulations without worrying about sun exposure after use. Bergamot Bergaptene Free Essential Oil can be used to treat skin ailments such as psoriasis and eczema and it is considered to relieve stress and anxiety.

Common Uses: Bergamot essential oil can be used in the treatment of depression, stress, tension, fear, hysteria, infection (all types including skin), anorexia, psoriasis, eczema and general convalescence. This bergamot FCF is perfectly skin and sun safe.

Possible Uses: Acne, abscesses, anxiety, boils, cold sores, cystitis, depression, halitosis, itching, loss of appetite, oily skin, psoriasis, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.] This oil is a brilliant anti-depressant! - TTF

Constituents: a-pinene, B-pinene, myrcene, limonene, B-bisabolene, linalool, linalyl acetate, nerol, neryl acetate, geraniol, geraniol acetate, a-terpineol. [B. Lawrence, "Bergamot Oil," Perfumer & Flavorist, October/November 1982, 43, cited in Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 1997), 145.]

Linalyl acetate: 12%
Limonene: 45%

Cautions: It may cause sensitivity in some individuals. Avoid use during pregnancy.

For information regarding the attributes of Bergamot essential oil, please see:

L'Aromathérapie Exactement, Pierre Franchomme and Dr. Daniel Pénoël, 1990, p. 338.
Essential Oils - A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, Jennifer Peace Rhind, 2012, pp. 211-12, 269, 286.
Aromatherapeutic Blending - Essential Oils in Synergy, Jennifer Peace Rhind, 2016, pp. 84, 126, 149, 175, 193-4.
"Bergamot: from yesterday until today," Clémence Decolin in The Osmotheque Blog, December 2016,
Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, Steffen Arctander, 1960, pp. 91-4.

Photo thanks to James Steakley, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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