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Citric Acid

Citric Acid cyrystals are almost odourless with a sharp lemon-fruity-sour taste. Used as a chelating agent to remove Fe (iron) from oils and compounds. Fe contamination comes from storage in steel drums or during distillation causing severe darkening of the oil. Oils commonly affected by Fe contamination patchouli clove cinnamon vetiver lemongrass litsea cubeba lemon orange grapefruit. Add a pinch (or <1%) of citric acid to a material and wait 7-14 days to see if it lightens. The crystals precipitate so just pour off (decant) the oil from the top or filter the crystals out through a course filter paper.

US$ 0.08 /gram
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The odour and uses of Citric Acid
Virtually odorless, used as a chelating agent to remove Fe (iron contamination from steel drums or during distillation), It has an intense sour fruity lemon taste. Useful for lightening Patchouli Oil, Clove Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Vetivert Oil if they darken after storage in steel drums. Add about 0.5-1% w/w to the oil and leave for about 7-14 days. the citric acid can be removed by decanting the clear liquid off the top or filtering through a fine mesh. It is used in many flavours for its sourness such as Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Lime, Berry, Fruit-flavour, Food-additive, Candy, Chewing-gum, Jello, most fruit flavors to add tartness.


$ZX : beta-Hydroxy tricarballylic acid : 2-Hydroxy-1,2,3-propanetricarboxylic acid : Citric acid :


Product Citric Acid
Physical State


IFRA Status / EU Allergens / MSDS / COA
Safety Notes

Perfumery Applications

Typical usage in perfume compounds


Application Suitability

Used in these perfume types but not limited to them.


9 = Very Good Performance

8 = Good Performance

7 = Reasonable performance

6 = Fair performance

5 = Mediocre performance

4 = Slight stability problems

3 = Discoloration Problems

2 = Stability problems

1 = Major problems

0 = Not recommended for use

Important Notes:

End application data applies to experiments carried out by the authors or extrapolated from those experiments using computer algorithms. As application product formulations vary widely this information is only a general guide.

Full testing by both perfumers- flavorists and end users is the only proven method to ensuring a perfume or flavours safety- strength- suitability- stability and success.

Legislation and regulations vary widely and change with time so it is your duty to check this.

Alcoholic Perfume 9
Anti-perspirants/Deo 6
Creams and Lotions 6
Talcum Powder 8
Tablet Soap 7
Liquid Soap 8
Shampoo 9
Hair Conditioner 7
Bath/Shower Gel 9
Cold Wave
Acid Cleaner
Detergent Powder 6
Liquid Detergent 8
Fabric Softener 6
Candles 7
Pot Pourri 8
Incense 8