Botanical name Chamaecyparis funebris (Endl.) Franco
Botanical synonym Cupressus funebris Endl.
Synonyms Chinese weeping cypress, mourning cypress
Description / Color / Consistency A thin, golden yellow to orange or brown liquid.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma A middle note of strong aroma, Cedarwood Atlas Oil has a woody, sweet, scent that is sharper than Virginian Cedarwood, and slightly reminiscent of mothballs.
Rosewood, Bergamot, Cypress, Cassia, Jasmine, Juniper, Neroli, Labdanum, frankincense, Clary Sage, Vetive, Rosemary, Ylang-Ylang.
Chinese Cedarwood is an evergreen tree or shrub with a wide distribution in Guizhou, Gansu and Sichuan provinces in China. Aromatic cedar chests have always been used to store woolen articles. This oil generally has a lower cedrol content than the American oil so is used more in its own right for fragrance than as a source of chemical isolates.
Cupressus funebris is cultivated as an ornamental tree, due to its graciously weeping form and texture, and planted in gardnes and public parks in other warm temperate regions, such as California. It is used as a houseplant and comservatory tree in colder climates.
Non-toxic, non-irritant and non sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy.
Hazards None known.
Contraindications None known.
Adverse skin reactions No information found for Chinese cedarwood oil. Little is known about most of its constituents, although a-cedrene appears to be non-reactive on healthy skin. Texas cedarwood oil, which has a similar composition, also seems to be relatively safe for dermal use.
Acute toxicity No information found for Chinese cedarwood oil or most of its constituents. Texas cedarwood oil seems to be non-toxic.
Carcinogenic/anticarcinogenic potential No information! found for Chinese cedarwood oil, but it contains no known carcinogens.
Produced in large quantities. Sometimes used as an adulterant of Virginian or Texan cedarwod oils.