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This Or That: What's the Difference Between Cedarwood Essential Oils?

This Or That: What's the Difference Between Cedarwood Essential Oils?

Cedarwood essential oil has had a long history of unique uses. Fromembalming in ancient Egypt to being used as aninsecticide andclearing gems, Cedarwood is a multifaceted essential oil.

At Edens Garden, we offer two unique types of Cedarwood: Atlas and Himalayan. As with most oils we offer a variety of, many people want the oil but are not sure which to choose. To help make that choice a little easier, we’ve broken down for you the differences and similarities between these two fascinating oils.

Cedarwood Atlas

Known for its similarity to theCedar of Lebanon, and for its fixture on theWhite House South Lawn, Cedarwood Atlas oil isn’t as well known as the tree from which it is produced. Native to Morocco, Cedarwood Atlas is high in sesquiterpenes. It is a good choice for facial serums and lotions for its astringent and skin nourishing properties. With sedative and calming attributes, it can be added to relaxing or sleep enhancing blends. Cedarwood Atlas is also commonly used for its benefits towards breathing and helping to clear congestion.

What makes it unique from other Cedarwood oils is primarily its aroma. Cedarwood Atlas has a unique woody aroma that is unlike other cedarwoods. With sweet, green undertones and a dry finish, Cedarwood Atlas is typically classified as having a masculine aroma.

Cedarwood Himalayan

In India, Cedarwood Himalayan has frequent uses as an insecticide and for its antifungal properties and is especially sacred in Hinduism as it is believed tobe divine. Aromatherapists refer to Cedarwood Himalayan as being calming and helpful to breathing, much like Cedarwood Atlas. It is also helpful as an anti-inflammatory agent and for its anti-infectious properties, making it a good choice to diffuse during cold season and also for natural cleaning products.

Cedarwood Himalayan’s aroma is woody with an overriding sweet, almost floral or fruit-like note. Its aroma is rounded and cool and blends well with Buddha Wood, Muhuhu, Patchouli, Sandalwood and other woods. It can also be added as a woody base note to sweet, floral blends.

With distinctive aromas and an excess of therapeutic uses, Cedarwood Atlas and Himalayan are both incredible essential oils. If you’re still indecisive of which to try, we recommend trying both as they are each unique, wonderful oils.

Grab The Essentials Here:

Cedarwood- Atlas Essential Oil from $ 5.95
Cedarwood- Atlas Essential Oil
Cedarwood- Himalayan Essential Oil from $ 5.95
Cedarwood- Himalayan Essential Oil


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11 Responses

Edens Garden

September 24, 2019

Hi Lynne! In our experience, Cedarwood-Atlas has better capabilities for what you’re looking for. However, Catnip may be our most effective insect oil, especially when blended with other oils of the same trait in Neem carrier oil.


September 24, 2019

Can Cedarwood Atlas also be used as an insecticide (specifically for the closet/clothes)? Or is Cedarwood Himalayan more effective?

Edens Garden

September 18, 2019

Hi Mira! Both Cedarwoods can be used interchangeably for this purpose.


September 18, 2019

Along with Mira, which one for hair growth?

Edens Garden

April 15, 2019

Hi Janis! Both Cedarwoods can be used interchangeably for this purpose.

Janis Pirt

April 15, 2019

Hello, which one is best for moth repellant in closets??..

Edens Garden

March 01, 2019

Hi Mel! We are always assessing the endangered status of plants from which we source our oils, and are currently reviewing Cedarwood Atlas. Cedarwood Himalayan is a good option for substituting Cedarwood Atlas.


March 01, 2019

How do you feel about cedarwood atlas now being on the endangered list? Do you think aromatherapy practitioners should still be promoting the oil?

How close is Himalayan cedar to being able to be used interchangeably in blends until cedarwood atlas reserves can be built back up, i.e. like Santalum spicata being used instead of Santalum album?

Edens Garden

January 24, 2019

Hi Mira! Both are similar in composition, and may both work to benefit the appearance of hair growth.


January 24, 2019

which one is best for hair thickening / growth


February 27, 2018

So infornative. Thank you. Love your site. It is my go to, as are your pure, high quality oils.