Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)


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A small evergreen tree of about 4.5 metres, with stiff spined, smooth oval leaves, that range in shades of green. Small white flowers, produce the dark green fruits (about half the size of lemons). This is the desired colour for harvesting, rather than the yellow/green when ripe.

The cold pressing method is by using the small whole unripe fruits of the West Indian Lime. This method is desired in perfumery work, for its persistence and fresh citrus notes. * Lime C/P essential oil contains naturally occurring bergaptens or furo/furano-coumarins, which are known to cause skin phototoxicity. This means that skin can discolour when exposed to direct sunlight, and in some cases cause burning. *

Ingredients: Citrus Aurantifolia Oil

Application to the skin may increase sensitivity to sunlight

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantifolia

Common Name: Lime

Plant Part: Peel

Extraction Method: Cold Pressed

Common Uses: Lime essential oil has a crisp, refreshing citrus scent that has been used for its uplifting and revitalising properties. It can also act as an astringent on the skin where it is reputed to help clear oily skin.

Note: Top

Strength of Aroma: Medium

Aromatic Scent: Fresh, sharp and fruity citrus aroma.

Caution: Lime essential oil is phototoxic. Users should avoid direct sunlight after application. Avoid during pregnancy.

Blends Well With

Angelica Root (Angelica archangelica)
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Citronella – Ceylon (Cymbopogon nardus)
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
Neroli (Citrus aurantium )
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
Orange – Sweet (Citrus sinensis)
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium amara)
Plai (Zingiber cassumunar)
Rose Damask Absolute (Rosa x damascena)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia)
Violet Leaf (Viola odorata)
Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata)
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

Aromatic Families



Extremely aromatic, fruity, rich, more sweet than tart, like zest of fresh Lime peel.

Aromatic Note


Certificate of Analysis



Photosensitising means that an oil can cause skin to become more sensitive to the sun. This is true of many of the citrus oils, especially Bergamot, which contains bergaptene, a constituent that causes photosensitivity.

Skin sensitization if oxidized. Has GRAS status (Generally Recognized as Safe). Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.

Additional information

Bottle Size

5mL, 10mL, 50mL, 100mL

Important Notes: Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs and essential oils are provided on this site for historical and educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs or essential oils.

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