What is it?
Lemon oil is used as a fragrance in a variety of products such as personal care products, flavorings, essential oils in perfumes, and in industrial use.

How can I avoid it?
Avoidance requires reading the product labels, package inserts and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer.

The avoidance of fragrances and flavoring agents such as lemon oil can be difficult, since so many everyday products contain these substances. One should use only fragrance-free cosmetic and household products. “Unscented” products may contain low levels of a fragrance to cover up an undesirable odor and also should be avoided. Products labeled as “hypoallergenic” do not assure that the product is truly free of fragrance.

Since fragrances are complex mixtures of many ingredients, an individual may tolerate one fragrance but not another. A trial-and-error method of avoiding a fragrance allergen in a product can be performed by applying the product to the forearm in the same small area twice a day for a week. If no dermatitis develops, the product may likely be used safely.

Since some fragrances are also flavors, foods can, rarely, cause flare-ups of dermatitis in fragrance-sensitive individuals. Particularly if you have oral or lip allergies as discussed with your health care provider, you should avoid foods prepared with lemon oil.

Direct contact with foods or products containing Lemon oil may cause symptoms including burning, irritation and redness. Direct contact may occur on the skin, lips or mouth. It is possible, but rare, that ingestion of this substance could cause generalized symptoms such as itching or redness of the skin.

  • Perfumes/Colognes/After-shaves/Toilet water
  • Skin care products/Cosmetics
    • Face masks and peels
    • Hair sprays, gels, tonics, and lotions/mousse
    • Soaps/Cleansers/Scrubs
    • Shampoos/Conditioners
    • Lipsticks
    • Moisturizers/Serums
    • Make-ups
    • Nail polish/Nail polish remover
    • Powders/Sprays
    • Shaving products
    • Sunscreens
  • Medications, topical, prescription, and over the counter such as
    • Anesthetics
    • Antiseptics
    • Creams, ointments, solutions
    • Foot and other powders
    • Nasal decongestants
    • Herbal remedies, including Traditional Chinese Medications
    • Wound dressings
  • Household products
    • Air fresheners/Aromatherapy/Potpourri
    • Cleaning products/Soaps/Detergents (A preferred household cleaner is diluted white vinegar.)
    • Furniture polish
    • Laundry care (detergent, softeners)
  • Foods, candies, gum, beverages, various, as a flavoring or spice
  • Oral Care Products as a flavoring
    • Cough mixtures
    • Toothpaste/Mouthwash
    • Throat tablets and lozenges
Other names for Lemon Oil:
  • Cedro oil
  • Citrus lemon
  • Oil of lemon
  • Citrus medica limonum
  • Citrus limon
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Fragrances


How safe is it?

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