D-Limonene, also known as Citrus Terpenes, is the main chemical constituent found in the cold-pressed peel oils that can be derived from all edible citrus fruits, namely oranges, lemons, and limes. After the first pressing of the peels, it is obtained from the resultant oil through the process of distillation. The two chemical forms of Limonene are d-Limonene, which is found largely in orange peels, and L-Limonene, which is found largely in lemon peels. Limonene gets its name from the botanical name for “Lemon” – Citrus limon – due to the richness of this natural compound in lemon peels.

Its wide range of beneficial applications has made d-Limonene one of the most prominent natural Terpenes. With a light, pleasantly dry, and refreshingly-sweet citrusy scent, it is valued for its aroma and is mostly used in fragrances as well as green cleaning products rather than for therapeutic applications. NDA’s d-Limonene Raw Material is a thin, clear, colorless, oily fluid that is derived from steam distilled citrus rinds. It is safer to use, works more effectively, and is more environmentally-friendly than most commercial and industrial cleaners.



D-Limonene is a fragrance agent, a degumming agent, and a gentle yet powerful cleaner that is reputed to effectively remove stains, grease, tar, and more, thus making a natural replacement for more popular solvents, which usually contain chlorine or petroleum. Its mildness has also made it a popular ingredient in water-free hand soaps, in which it is said to not only cleanse but to also leave the hands smelling fresh. When applied to various types of hard surfaces, such as counter tops, windows, mirrors, floors, bath tubs, refrigerators, cars, and electronic items, d-Limonene is reputed to bring a high shine to all cleaned items.



D-Limonene may be used at full strength, that is without dilution, as an eco-friendly detergent; however, direct application to painted surfaces, plexiglass, plastics, or fiberglass is not recommended. Conversely, it may be added to wetting agents, such as water or vinegar bases, to achieve better solubilization. Either method will make for a natural yet equally effective industrial-strength “green” surface disinfectant that is ideal for household cleaning.


When added to this kind of formulation…

Household Cleaning Agent

Perfumes, Colognes


d-Limonene functions as a(n):

  • Gentle and Environmentally-Friendly Cleaner
  • Fragrance Agent
  • Degumming Agent


It helps to:

  • Remove dirt, clay, grease, tar, wax, gum, salt, sticky residue from adhesives, and stains from ink or oil spills
  • Disinfect
  • Contribute shine
  • Deodorize with a fresh scent


The recommended maximum dosage is 5-15%



As with all other New Directions Aromatics products, d-Limonene Raw Material is for external use only. This specific product is meant for household cleaning applications or cosmetic fragrances only. Pregnant and nursing women as well as those with sensitive skin are especially advised not to use d-Limonene Raw Material without the medical advice of a physician. This product should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

D-Limonene must never be used near the eyes, inner nose and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of d-Limonene include irritation or damage of the skin, eye, or tissue, dizziness, rapid and shallow breathing, circulatory collapse, convulsions, unconsciousness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal burning, diarrhea, painful or discolored urination, and abnormal heart rate.

In the event of accidental skin contact and a resulting allergic reaction, see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. If d-Limonene is accidentally consumed, do not induce vomiting – instead drink milk then immediately seek medical attention.

IMPORTANT: All New Directions Aromatics (NDA) products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner. Please refer to our policies for further details, and our disclaimer below.

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