essential oils: citrus limon peel oil, citrus grapefruit peel oil and orange peel oil

Most of essential oils are not friendly with the skin. But citrus limon peel oil, citrus grapefruit peel oil and orange peel oil mixed together give wonderful smell and quickly absorbs through skin.

Anyone has experiences with citrus limon peel oil, citrus grapefruit peel oil and orange peel oil?

I appreciate and thank to all inputs.


  • I have a bad experience with this combination and even the oils individually. From skin sensitivity and pigmentation to formula instability. I often advise clients against them unless they are willing to take the risk and insist on a specific claim or story.

    I also believe they're harmful to puppies. Don't quote me on this but I vaguely recall a client testing some formula with the citrus oils and reporting adverse skin reactions from their canine where the owner had just 'touched' them. 
  • You have actually chosen the worst ones...
    Here, an oil discussion, Perry shared here a study on essential oils, that specifies that citrus oils are phototoxic:
  • @ngarayeva001, I bought oil-free moisture body cream. It is amazing that the cream absorbs into the skin rapidly and leaves no oils on the skin.
    citrus oils are in the ingredients:
    butylene glycol
    dicaprylyl carbonate
    isopropyl isostearate
    citrus lemon peel oil
    grapefruit peel oil - poor
    spearmint leaf oil
    orange peel oil
    butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)
    jojoba butter
    hydroxyehyl urea
    hordeum vulgare (barley) extract
    cucumber fruit extract
    ginseng root extract
    sodium polyaspartate
    tocopheryl acetate
    sodium pca
    sunflower seed cake
    linoleic acid
    ophiopogon japonicus root extract
    sodium hyaluronate
    ppg-15 stearyl ether
    ammonium acryloydimethyltaurate.vp copolymer
    caprylyl glycol
    xanthan gum
    sodium hydroxide
    disodium edta
    Tetrasodium EDTA better solute in water

    ammonium acryloydimethyltaurate.vp copolymer is thickener? What ingredients are emulsifiers? How the cream is oil-free?
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    The claim "oil free" can mean whatever the marketer wants it to mean. Usually, they mean "mineral oil free". It's just a marketing claim which doesn't mean much in terms of science.

  • @Perry, I used this cream and found that after applying the cream on the skin, the cream absorbs into the skin right away without leaving the oil on the skin.
  • SibechSibech Member, Professional Chemist
    @dtdang You can thank the Esters dicaprylyl carbonate, isopropyl isostearate and the Silica in that formulation for that feeling. The many oils are (hopefully) there at a very low concentration and added only as a scent.

    as for your question "which is the emulsifier": PPG-15 Stearyl Ether & Aristoflex AVC is probably what's keeping it together possibly with added thanks to the silica.

    Dabbling Formulator — Qualified Cosmetic Safety Assessor — experienced in claim substantiation & EU regulatory affairs.
  • ammonium acryloydimethyltaurate.vp copolymer Is a polymeric emulsifier Aristoflex AVC and you can find it on lotioncrafter. It can emulsify only 5% of oils on its own, but it changes texture of the product significantly. It’s often used as a stabiliser and to improve  aesthetics of the product. It’s that one ingredient that turns a generic lotion into a luxury product.
  • I hope they just listed ingredients in the wrong order. Citrus oils are too high in the list.
  • @ngarayeva001, @Sibech, @Perry thank you so much 
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