Cedarwood atlantica (also known as Cedarwood Atlas) is native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria. This is a grounding and spiritual oil made by certified organic steam distillation of cedrus atlantica cultivated from a high elevation area in the Rif Mountains of Morocco. The main compounds in our GCMS tested Cedarwood Atlantic are sesquinterpenes, sesquinterpenols, and ketones (ß-himachalene representing the highest percentage).
Cedarwood Atlas is strongly antibacterial, effective as an expectorant in respiratory conditions, and aids to combat fluid retention in skin cells making this oil ideal for use in creams and lotions addressing cellulite. Because of its astringent and antibacterial properties this oil can be added to facial preparations to address oily skin or acne.
We offer two other types of Cedarwood; Himalayan (deodara) and common Cedarwood Virginiana (aka Eastern Red Juniperus virginiana). Only Atlas and Himalayan originate from the genus Cedrus. There are slight aromatic differences between Atlas, Himalayan, and Cedarwood virginiana even though all three share similar woody notes. Botanically speaking, some sources debate that Cedarwood Atlas is a subspecies of Lebanon Cedar (C. libani subsp. Atlantica).