What Is Orange Peel Oil?

Orange peel oil is another name for citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil. This oil is extracted from the Citrus aurantium dulcis fruit, also known as the sweet orange.

Unsaponifiables and hydrolyzed citrus aurantium dulcis fruit extract have the potential to be used in cosmetics and personal care products. These ingredients can be used in a variety of items, including bath products, soaps and detergents, skin care products, cleaning products, scent products, and hair care products.

How Orange Peel Oil Works?

The ingredients extracted from the orange peel are reported to have numerous uses in the cosmetics industry including; 

Orange peel powder is used as an absorbent, the peel extract is used as a binder and an emulsion stabilizer and a viscosity controlling agent. While orange peel oil is used as a fragrance ingredient, a skin-conditioning agent and a hair conditioning-agent.

What Orange Peel Oil Does To The Skin?

The use of orange peel oil in various skin care products including creams and ointments is due to its following properties:

  • Fragrant Properties: Orange peel oil, like the oranges from which it is derived, has a natural, soft, citrus smell. The scent of orange peel oil makes applying skincare items like lotions and creams more pleasurable.
  • High AHA Content: One of the most important Citrus Aurantium Dulcis peel oil skin advantages is its ability to exfoliate skin. It contains a high concentration of AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), which allow it to act as an exfoliant while also minimizing the effects of sun damage on the skin.

AHAs also act as water-binding agents (humectants) in cosmetics, helping to keep the skin moist and prevent it from drying out.

  • Promoting Healthy Skin: Citrus Aurantium Dulcis peel oil also tends to reinforce and thicken the skin's outer layer, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles and reducing dryness and flakiness. It also promotes protein regeneration and collagen and elastin synthesis.

Reference Sources

  • International Journal of Toxicology 2019, Vol 38 – 335-595.
  • A. Verzera; A. Trozzi; G. Dugo; G. Di Bella; A. Cotroneo (2004). "Biological lemon and sweet orange essential oil composition". Flavour and Fragrance Journal.