Steam Distilled Organic Lemon Essential Oil

lemon essential oil

As I finalize my new formulations, I wanted to start introducing some of the new ingredients I will be using. Starting with one of my favourites.

Steam Distilled Organic Lemon Essential Oil



I am a massive fan of all things citrus, to eat, apply or smell and lemon tops them all for me. There is something so clean and vibrant about this fruit, it gets me every time.

Lemon essential oil has wonderful properties for the skin, including oil balance, skin toning, acne fighting, and skin lightening. Reducing pigmentation in the skin is notoriously hard with natural products but I have seen lemon oil work great for this.

Using lemon essential oil can be tricky though as the most common way to produce it, and other citrus oils, is by cold-pressing. In this process the essential oil is literally squeezed out of the skin. This is a great way of extracting it, you end with a high-quality essential oil and the yield is great. However, if you are planning on using lemon essential oil for face care products you need to be aware that cold-pressed lemon oil contains a compound called bergapten which can cause extreme skin sensitization when exposed to the sun, this is known as phototoxicity. Something I don’t want to risk in any of my skin care products!

However, there is another way to produce essential oil. In fact, steam-distillation is the most common way to extract essential oils from their origins. If you steam distill citrus fruit, including lemons, the essential oil does not contain the compound bergapten, and therefore is safe to use on the skin, even with sun exposure. All the other properties of the essential oil remain intact, and it still has a wonderfully bright and refreshing scent, only a little milder than a cold-pressed oil.

I have included this wonderful oil in a few of my new products to help with lightening pigmentation, fighting acne and livening up dull skin.


Steam distilled organic lemon essential oil


  • Hi Helena ,

    Am I correct in assuming that the above is also good for my overly sensitive / reactive skin ?
    Wishing you everything “positive “, as you embark on your new products !

    Take care of “you”,

    • Hi Marie, it would definitely be a much better choice than a cold pressed citrus oil but always worth doing a patch test first. Thank you fo rthe good wishes, I’m nearly there!
      Helena x

  • Does it it make dark sports diminish? And is so how long could it take?
    I sometimes use pure lemon put sometimes it could me harsh for the skin

    • Hello Marianne, lemon oil is one of the most effective skin lighteners. It is very hard to say how long it would take, each person is different. I would like to see improvements within a couple of months. Lemon oil can be harsh, make sure you nourish the skin also and don’t go in the sun!

  • I just got the pomegranate and lemon oil and I am wondering which step to use this for? can it be for use for day or night? I read about the lemon oil, that is why I was really excited to get your new product.
    After i use the flower water, I add this? and then put sunblock?

    • Hello! The face oils can be used day or night, ideally after a mist/flower water or hyaluronic serum. Flower water, face oil, sunblock sounds great!

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