Pelargonium graveolens

Background & Origin

Native to South Africa, Mozambique & Zimbabwe, the Rose Geranium was introduced to Europe some 400 years ago. However, the scientific name “Pelargonium” is also derived from Greek, with the word meaning “Stork”, in reference to the similarities between the look of the flower and the bird. This is also why geraniums are commonly called stork’s bill.


Geranium oil has been used extensively for its disinfecting benefits (Androutsopoulou et al., 2021) as well as its use in the perfumery and cosmetics industry. The essential oil from leaves and stems of the plant contains a range of essential oils including linalool, citronellol, and geraniol (Kačániová (2) et al., 2023). On the skin, the essential oil is also known to be an antiseptic, confers wound-healing principles (Sienkiewicz et al., 2014), and is renowned as one of the best oils for oily or congested skin.


For Normal, dry & combination skin, except for those with allergies to geraniums.

Uses in our products

Rejuvenating, toning, firming.

Featured In

  1. Androutsopoulou et al. Pathogens. 2021 Apr 19;10(4):494.
  2. Kačániová (2) et al. Foods. 2023 Dec 21;13(1):33.
  3. Sienkiewicz et al. Burns. 2014 Aug;40(5):1046-51.