Atlas or Virginia Cedarwood


Botanical name:       

Cedrus atlantica - Atlas Cedarwood

Juniper virginiana - Virginian Cedarwood

Juniperus ashei - Texas Cedarwood


Atlas Cedarwood - Algeria and Morocco

Virginian Cedarwood - United States

Texas Cedarwood - United States and Mexico


Method of extraction:

Steam distillation 


Color of Oil:

Virginia Cedarwood essential oil is clear.

Atlas Cedarwood essential oil is more of a greeny gold.

Texas Cedarwood essential oil is dark orange to brown.





Extracted from:



Note clarification:




Atlas Cedarwood oil is earthy, woody, and sharper than Virginian Cedarwood oil. Texas Cedarwood has a smoky wood aroma.


Blends well with:

Bergamot, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, cypress, fir needle, frankincense, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, neroli, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, sweet orange, thyme, vetiver, ylang ylang


Therapeutic uses:

Cedarwood is often used in insect repellents but is also a good expectorant. It is calming in diffusers and astringent in face creams. It is often added to creams and lotions to soothe inflammatory skin conditions. It is useful to fight off dandruff and therefore a good choice for hair rinses and natural shampoos.



Cedarwood is generally safe. However, if you have any underlying health concerns.

Cedarwood essential oil can cause skin irritation on sensitive skin.

Do not use if you are pregnant.

Please check with your doctor or a certified aromatherapist before using any natural products.

(Source - Tisserand and Young, Essential Oil Safety, Second edition page 237 - 240)


Approximate shelf life:


8 years (refrigerated)


Cedarwood has been used in perfumery for centuries but has also been used as a preservative. The Egyptians used it to embalm bodies during spiritual rituals. Virginia Cedarwood and Atlas Cedarwood essential oils are similar therapeutically but do have different aromas. Virginia Cedarwood has a softer woody scent where Atlas Cedarwood can be a little sharp.

Atlas Cedarwood is also known as African cedar, or Atlantic cedar

Virginian Cedarwood is also known as Red cedar, or Bedford cedar

Texas Cedarwood is also know as Mexican juniper or Rock cedar



Please refer to the 'References and Certifications' page. 


Atlas Cedarwood trees are endangered. So please make sure you are buying your cedarwood essential oils from a reputable supplier. If you prefer, you could purchase Virginia Cedarwood essential oil instead. V. C. oil is actually a juniper that is classified as a cedar. It is not as endangered as the Atlas Cedarwood tree.


Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women, or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist, if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. ‘A Scented Story’ is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments.