Lemon oil

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A yellow essential oil obtained from lemon rinds. Lemon oil is used in flavoring, perfumes and furniture polishes. It has also been used to secure gold leaf temporarily to the covering material of a book before blocking or tooling (Roberts and Etherington 1982).

Synonyms and Related Terms

essence de citron (Fr.); esencia de limón (Esp.); essenza di limone (It); oil of lemon


  • Combustible.

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in ethanol, vegetable oils, mineral oil, glacial acetic acid. Insoluble in water.

Density 0.84-0.89 g/ml

Resources and Citations

  • 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