Cedar oil

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Cedar oil


An essential oil obtained from the leaves of cedar and cedar-like trees, such as Juniperus virginiana. Cedar oil has been used as a fragrance in soaps, watercolor paints, polishes, and cleaners. It was also added to a lanolin and beeswax mixture prepared as a leather dressing. Cedar oil has also been used as an insect repellent because its odor is repulsive to many species.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Juniperus virginiana; esencia de cedro (Esp.); olio di cedro (It); oil of cedar; cedarwood oil; oil of cedarwood

Other Properties

Soluble in ethanol.

CAS 8000-27-9
Density 0.943-0.961
Refractive Index 1.504

Hazards and Safety

Toxic. Inhalation or contact may cause irritation.

Mallinckrodt Baker: MSDS

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 426
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982

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