Latin Name: Citrus paradisi Macfayden, fam. Rutaceae

Part of Plant: Peel

Country of Origin: USA

Method of Production: Cold pressed


Citrus x paradisi, which has also been known by other botanical names such as Citrus racemosa and commonly known as Grapefruit, is a member of the Rutaceae botanical family.  It is a hybrid that is believed to have been started on the island of Barbados and a cross between the pummelo (Citrus maxima) and sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), and is now cultivated commercially in warm climates like Florida and California in the United States.  Known for its popularity as a breakfast food, it comes in several varieties that are usually considered white, pink, or red.


Grapefruit essential oil has sweet, citrusy aroma with a tangy zest that can make almost anyone smile.  It blends well with most other oils including all of the other citruses.  Consider blending with oils like Peppermint, Lemon, Rosemary, or Cardamom for an invigorating blend to start out your day.  Also, try combining with a little bit of Bergamot, Lavender, and Patchouli for a relaxing diffuser blend.


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

  • Dilute to 1% in your choice of carrier oils to make a face serum or body oil.  Apply a small amount to damp skin after washing to help seal in moisture.  

  • Add 5-15 drops to 1 oz. of your choice of carrier oils to make a massage oil.

  • Mix a few drops with an unscented liquid soap or bubble bath and add to the tub when filling. 

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



Dermal Max: 4% 

This is a phototoxic oil.  If using topically, please be sure to properly dilute below suggested dermal max percentage or apply at least 12 hours before any exposure to the sun or other UV light.  Skin sensitization if oxidized; old or oxidized oils should be avoided.  Should be stored in a cool, dark place, preferably a refrigerator.  If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  Keep out of reach of children and pets.  If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically.  Possible skin sensitivity.  Do not use on broken skin.  Watch for any possible interactions or side effects.  Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.  



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



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Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone


Burfield, T. (2016). Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins, Second Edition. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy