Grapefruit essential oil is cold pressed from grapefruit (Citrus grandis, Rutaceae) peel and has a very intensive, distinctive fruity scent.
Grapefruit essential oil contains 90 % limonene, used as a mild antiseptic and also known for firming and nourishing properties on skin. Grapefruit essential oil is an excellent skin care product for lighter skin, less wrinkles and stronger nails, making it a classic ingredient in tonics for mature skin, skin and nail care creams, lotions and other products.
Its pleasant herbal smell makes it a very popular component for soaps, bath extracts, sea salt, etc.
Grapefruit essential oil is widely used for food flavouring as well.
At home grapefruit essential oil is used for room disinfection and eliminating unpleasant (tobacco, burning, pet) odours. You only need to put 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil into 600 ml of water.
Methods and amounts of use:
Aromatic bath: essential oils are insoluble in water, thus dissolve 10-30 drops of essential oil mix in a glass of milk, kephir, yoghurt, cream, a tablespoon of plant oil or some honey and then pour the mixture into your bath.
Cream or lotion: put 10-15 drops of the essential oil mix into 1 spoon of unfragranced cream or lotion.
Hand cream or lotion: one-time use: 3 drops of the essential oil in 1 teaspoon of fatty oil.
After-shave lotion: 40 drops of essential oil mix into 120 ml of apple vinegar or vodka and 80 ml of distilled water.
Massage: 10-15 drops of essential oil mix into 2 tablespoons of plant oil.
Shampoo, conditioner or for rinsing hair: add 2 drops of the essential oil into the bottle of shampoo or 2-3 l of water with some lemon juice.
Sauna: 15 drops of essential oil mix into 10 l of hot water for soaking besoms.
Aromatic lamp: 4-5 drops for 5 sq. m. area. For daily use (don’t forget to add warm water).
Facial steam bath: 2-3 drops into 1 l hot water.
Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products, identifies the following allergens:
Grapefruit essential oil includes natural components: citral, citronellol, limonene, linalool.