May 02, 2023
If you like your bodycare with a slice of lemon (or lime, or any fruit for that matter) you’ve probably reached for it because of the delicious, refreshing scent it emanates, not because you think it counts towards your health goals. But, could it be that there are some benefits beyond fragrance? Let’s find out.
Kaffir Lime, aka: Citrus hystrix, is a fruit native to Southeast Asia, with both the fruit and leaves being used in cooking. It’s a source of vitamin C, which of course means it’s rich in antioxidants. There is some thought that it has antibacterial properties that can help with things like redness, but mostly it’s used for the refreshing, zingy smell that has an instant uplifting effect.
Goji berries (or wolf berries as they’re often known) come from a native Chinese shrub. One of the original “superfoods”, they are high in antioxidants (vitamin C, minerals, amino acids, carotenoids, and polysaccharides) and have been linked to a bunch of health benefits including potentially increasing immune function and eye health. In skin and body care the antioxidants help fight free radical damage and could also promote collagen and elastin production as well as reducing oxidative stress and can even help support the skin barrier and help with hydration.
Pear is a surprisingly common ingredient that is often added to scents to give a creamy fruit vibe and a subtle sweetness. It can be crisp and juicy, bright and sparkling or just sweet, depending on how you pair it (it’s often found with soft florals and vanilla). While the fruit itself is rich in folate, vitamin C, copper and antioxidants there is no research to show it passes on those benefits to your skin. That is, unless you’re talking about prickly pear which is a seed oil derived from cactus which has a bunch of good stuff including essential fatty acids, vitamin E and omega 6 and 9 — all which give your skin excellent protection from environmental damage.
Fun fact: Wild orange is a relation to, but not exactly like the oranges we know (and love to eat). They are apparently not as delicious as the oranges we know, but they do have more health benefits. And with a zesty, uplifting aroma, it’s not surprise it’s also used as an essential oil in energy blends. In skin products the high limonene content gives it antioxidant properties and it’s also been known to help clarify and calm.