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Raw Material Focus: Cedarwood Virginia Oil

Posted: March 17, 2008, from the April 2008 issue of P&F magazine.

Cedarwood oil Atlas (Cedrus atlantica) and Himalayan cedarwood oil (Cedrus deodara) are commonly known cedarwood materials from the family Pinaceae. This family also includes the raw material sources used in the high volume production of turpentine and its derivatives. The family Cupressaceae contains other common cedarwood oils, including Texas cedarwood (Juniperus mexicana) and cedarwood Virginia (Juniperus virginiana; CAS# 85085-41-2; EINECS 285-370-3). Cedarwood oil Virginia is used to a larger degree in its distilled or redistilled form directly in applications, while Texas cedarwood oil is more prized as a raw material for derivatives such as cedrol and methyl cedryl ketone.

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