Lemon essential oil is obtained by the fruit peel of Citrus Medica limonum, an evergreen tree belonging to the Rutaceae family. It is mainly made up of monoterpenoid hydrocarbons (limonene), aldehydes , alcohols and small amounts of sesquiterpenes and coumarins. Ancient greeks named lemons "apple of Media", because they came from Media, a country not far from Persia. At that time, they were only used to put scent on cloth


1) Valgimigli L et al., Lemon (Citrus limon, Burm.f.) essential oil enhances the trans-epidermal release of lipid-(A, E) and water-(B6, C) soluble vitamins from topical emulsions in reconstructed human epidermis. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2012 Aug;34(4):347-56
2) Calabrese V et al., Oxidative stress and antioxidants at skin biosurface: a novel antioxidant from lemon oil capable of inhibiting oxidative damage to the skin. Drugs Exp Clin Res. 1999;25(6):281-7
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Lemon Oil has several cosmetic applications. It has dermopurifying, sebum-normalizing, astringent and antimicrobial properties that make it ideal for impure, oily and acne-prone skin. Lemon oil has a distinctly refreshing aroma, which makes it a good ingredient for perfumes. It also possesses skin-tightening and toning effects. Lemon essential oil is able to control free radical -induced lipid peroxidation preventing tissue damage in skin and exhibits tyrosinase inhibitory activity related to the radical scavenger property. It is suitable for reducing the appearance of blemishes and counteracting the orange peel appearance of the skin, thanks to its action on microcirculation. Moreover, it shows penetration enhancing ability, so it can help other functional ingredients to deeply penetrate the epidermis.



  • Skin care (Facial care, Facial cleansing, Body care)
  • Hair care
  • Skin whitening
  • Oily and acne prone skin products
  • Toiletries
Recommended dose: 0,05 – 0,5%

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5) Ritaro Matsuura et al., Tyrosinase Inhibitory Activity of Citrus Essential Oils. J. Agric. Food Chem., 2006, 54 (6), pp 2309–2313
6) Masahiro Mori et al., Inhibition of elastase activity by essential oils in vitro. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 1, 183–187, 2002
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