Grapefruit Essential Oil is a wonderfully energizing oil that isn’t too strong or overpowering. Grapefruit Oil is also great to diffuse with other energizing oils like rosemary because it lightens up and sweetens the blend.
Botanical Name: Citrus paradisi
Plant Family: Rutaceae
Common Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed/Expressed
Plant Part Typically Used: Citrus Rind (Peel)
Colour: Pale Yellow – Yellow
Perfumery Note: Top
Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium – Strong
Grapefruit Essential Oil smells citrusy. The aroma is tangy like grapefruit, but yet is sweet. It is reminiscent of the aroma of the grapefruit rind but more concentrated.
Grapefruit Essential Oil Uses:
Source: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 104-105.
Source: P. Dugo, L. Mondello, E. Sebastiani, et al., Identification of Minor Oxygen Heterocyclic Compounds of Citrus Essential Oils by Liquid Chromatography-Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry. (Journal of Liquid Chromatography & Related Technologies 22, 1999), 2991-3005. B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 91-92.B.M.Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1993), 7, 167-168. SCCP, Opinion on Furocoumarins in Cosmetic Products. (Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, 13-Dec.-2005), SCCP/0942/05. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 297.
Grapefruit Essential Oil Safety Information
Grapefruit Oil is phototoxic. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 4% to avoid risk of phototoxic reaction. Avoid using Grapefruit Oil that has oxidized due to a greater risk of skin sensitization. Reading Tisserand and Young’s full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 297.]