According to edenbotanicals.com Atlas Cedarwood and Himalayan Cedarwood are the only two that they would recommend.
The Cedarwood essential oil of this variety comes from a large, aromatic tree which has historically been used for medicine and cosmetics.
I partially agree with Eden Botanicals but I would add two more to the list: Cyprian and Lebanese, these are also true cedar. So, to summarize, the best type of Cedarwood essential oils to use if you want the real thing are those from:
- Atlas Cedar, Cedrus atlantica
- Cyprian Cedar, Cedrus brevifolia
- Himalayan Cedar, Cedrus deodara
- Lebanese Cedar, Cedrus libani
Chinese, Kenya, Texas and Virginia cedarwood on the other hand are from junipers. They both have a different aroma and offer different therapeutic benefits. So, avoid cedarwood essential oil from these trees. Specifically, you want to avoid:
- Texas, Juniperus ashei
- Virginia, Juniperus virginiana L.
- China, Juniperus funebris
- Kenya, Juniperus procera
If you come across it, cedar leaf oil is something different altogether! It comes from a species of cypress tree and apparently can be quite toxic if wrongly used.