A pale green, volatile oil obtained from the rinds of limes, Citrus aurantifolia. Limes originated in Indonesia or Asia and were introduced to Europe about the 12-13th century. Columbus took citrus fruit to the West Indies where they soon became widely distributed. Lime oil is normally prepared by steam distillation. It is used in flavoring, perfumes, and as an insecticide and antiseptic.
Soluble in fixed oils and mineral oil. Insoluble in glycerol and propylene glycol.
Hazards and Safety
Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing, may be mildly photo-toxic.