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
Soluble in ethanol.
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
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- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000