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Lemon Peel Extract

Commonly known as: Lemon fruit water, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Water (INCI).
Botanical name: Citrus limon (L.) Burman F.
Extraction process: Steam distillation.
Family: Rutaceae
Part of the plant extracted: Peel
Location: Southeast Asia, India, Mediterranean basin.
Flowering: Almost all year round, with flowering peaks often in late summer and mid-spring.
Provenance, origin: Europe.
Phytochemical composition: Limonene, alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, geranial, linalool.
Sensorial properties: Appearance: Mobile liquid; Color: Colorless to whitish; Odor: Fresh, lemony.
Physical characteristics: pH = 5 – 7 ; Density = 1.
Benefits: Odorant, lightening, antiseptic, seboregulating, refreshing, softening, fortifying, tonic, astringent, purifying, balancing.
Concerns: All skin and hair types, particularly recommended for oily, acneic, dull, mixed and pigmented skin, and greasy hair.



  • Anti-inflammatory: It inhibits the activity of certain pro-inflammatory cytokines, which helps to soothe the skin. Its use is beneficial to reduce redness and itching.

  • Antibacterial: It contains active ingredients capable of fighting against the proliferation of gram-positive bacteria. Lemon hydrosol can be used as an antiseptic in case of injury to prevent bacterial contamination.

  • Anti-lice: It is neurotoxic to these parasites and can be applied to the scalp in a preventive or corrective way.

  • Whitening? It contains traces of vitamin C, an active ingredient known for its depigmenting properties because of its ability to inhibit tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for melanogenesis. However, it should be noted that the concentration of vitamin C in lemon hydrosol is very low. Therefore, we are not in a position to firmly affirm that this ingredient is really lightening.


Face care (creams, serums, tonics, mists, masks, cleansing gels, make-up removers); Body care (shower gels); Hair care (shampoos, conditioners, hair mists)


For a good conservation, it is advisable to store the lemon peel extract protected from light, oxygen, humidity, and temperature variations. If you notice a change in appearance or smell, do not use your hydrolat anymore.

Contra-Indications and Precautions

There are no contraindications to the use of lemon fruit water, unlike its essential oil. Indeed, lemon peel extract can be used by the pregnant women and nursing as well as the young children. We still advise you to limit exposure to the sun after application of lemon water on the skin.

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Lemon is considered as a health fruit. Its juice has been used for thousands of years to relieve burns caused by insect bites. In addition to the virtues that lemon skincare brings to the skin, it also allows alleviating stress and relaxes the sympathetic nervous system.