Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil (Cedrus atlantica)


It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the wood.


I have sadly learned that Atlas Cedarwood trees are endangered. For informative purposes, I will continue to share the below Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil profile information, but please be sure to take a close look at the Sustainability Concerns section below.

Cedarwood Essential Oil is said to be one of the first crude essential oils to be extracted, and it was one of the oils that the Egyptians used for spiritual embalming purposes.

Aromatically, I love the rich, woody aroma of Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil. It is a base note that can help hold an otherwise flighty blend together well. Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil is said to act as anaphrodisiac. It also complements masculine blends.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description: Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil smells woody and sweet. It smells a bit sharper than Virginian Cedarwood Oil. The aroma is reminiscent of artificial mothballs.
  • Synonyms(s) for Cedrus atlantica: Abies atlantica, Cedrus africana, Cedrus libani subsp. atlantica, Cedrus libani var. atlantica, Cedrus libanitica subsp. atlantica, Pinus atlantica

  • Botanical Family: Pinaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Cedrus
  • Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenes, Sesquiterpenols
  • Major Compounds: B-Himachalene, a-Himachalene, (E)-a-Atlantone, Gamma-Himachalene, Deodarone, (E)-Gamma-Atlantone, Himachalol, Isocedranol
  • Perfumery Note: Base
  • Consistency: Medium and oily feeling
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium - Strong
  • Color: Light Golden Yellow
  • Indigenous Country: Morocco
  • Cultivation: Wild Harvested
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Wood
  • Shelf Life: 7-8 years
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Cellulite Libido

Other Uses for Atlas Cedarwood:

Hair Care

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Atlas Cedarwood:

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Atlas Cedarwood Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young,Essential Oil Safety(Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 237-238.]

Safety Precautions for Atlas Cedarwood:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities

Energetics and Chakras Qualites of Atlas Cedarwood:

1st Chakra - Survival and Support Expansive Grounding Protective Purifying


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