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Citrus Limon Fruit Extract

Also-called-like-this: Lemon Fruit Extract

Official CosIng Information


If life gives the cosmetic industry lemon, it makes lemon fruit extract.  As to why, we can write here extremely similar things to our shiny description of orange fruit extract.  Being both of them citruses, they contain very similar active compounds with very similar (potential) effects on the skin. 

Just like orange fruit, lemon fruit also contains citric acid so it is commonly used as a natural, mild exfoliating agent. If this is the case, it is usually combined with other AHA containing fruit extracts such as bilberrysugar cane, orange, and sugar maple in a super popular ingredient mix trade named ACB Fruit Mix.

But, citrus fruits are chemically complex mixtures with a bunch of other active components such as vitamin C, flavonoids, phenolics, carbohydrates and essential oil (this latter one coming from the rind of the fruit, but still present in some amount in the fruit extract). These have the potential to give lemon extract antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-dandruff, venotonic and moisturizing properties, but the essential oil also brings some questionable compounds such as fragrance allergen limonene or phototoxic compound bergaptene. If your skin is sensitive, be careful with citrus extracts. 

Show me some proof

  • Del Rıo, J. A., et al. "Citrus limon: a source of flavonoids of pharmaceutical interest." Food Chemistry 84.3 (2004): 457-461.
  • González-Molina, E., et al. "Natural bioactive compounds of Citrus limon for food and health." Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis 51.2 (2010): 327-345.
  • Provital, LEMON (FRUIT) EXTRACT H.G, Extended technical documentation

Products with Citrus Limon Fruit Extract

Nature Republic Vitapair C Dark Spot Serum Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask LANEIGE White Dew Vita Capsule Sleeping Mask REN Clarimatte™ Clarifying Toner Votary Toning Serum - Lemon And Neroli Cosmia Cleansing Lotion Pure With Azelaic Acid G9 Skin Slice Mask Sheet Lemon Garancia Pschitt Magique Hello Glow Peel & Reveal Ho Karan Energizing Serum Homemade Cucumber Peel-Off Face Mask Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon No:hj Super Food Pine Mushroom Mask Earth Rhythm Snail Mucin Sleeping Gel Mario Badescu Keratoplast Cleansing Lotion Mediheal Lemon Lime Vita Sheet Mask No:hj Milky Glow Shining Mask Revolution Skincare Intense Skin Exfoliator - 30% Aha + Bha Peeling Solution USANA Exfoliating Scrub and Mask Blithe Patting Splash Mask - Soothing & Healing Green Tea Feel free Hydro Comfort Płyn Micelarny Do Oczyszczania Twarzy Z Aloesem Freezeframe Flash White Oil Brandless Grapefruit Cleanser Code of Harmony Acid Trip Exfoliating Melt MYU-NIQUE Lemon Essence Mask Meishoku Detclear Bright & Peel Hot Cleansing Gel Cream Naobay Detox Illuminating Micellar Water Nu Skin Nutricentials Pure Cleansing Gel Peach and Lily Peach Slices Sheet Mask Hydrate Peach slices Shrink Pores Mask Polatam Vitalizing Water Protocol Double Alpha Hydroxy Cleanser With Green Tea Extract And Aloe Sireh Emas Phyto Nlc Serum Sonia Roselli Sexapeel Too Faced Pineapple Glow Face Mask bioearth Siero Viso Macchie E Pigmentazione naturium Alpha Arbutin Serum 2% Catrice Glow Booster Serum Dr Natasha Cook Concentrated Clarifier Florence by Mills One Swipe Glow Wipe Treatment Pads Fresh Sugar Lip Wonder Drops Advanced Therapy Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Face Mist IOPE Pro Peeling Enzyme Wash Jill Stuart Crystal Enhancer Jill Stuart Dreaming Starry Glow Mask Kri Skincare Renew Brightening Serum LACURA Daily Cleansing Pads Lululun Premium Lemon Face Mask NXN Acne Edit Toner