Citrus aurantifolia, Lime
Most lime essential oil comes from what’s generally known as ‘key lime’, an apparently petite and sweet-smelling variety. I just adore lime essential oil as it literally reminds me of jelly tots and summer cheesecake (AKA key lime pie!). Like sweet orange I would describe lime essential oil as an ‘innocent’ citrus – it’s not at all sharp or tangy, just really sweet and happy, like childhood. Lime essence is beautifully refreshing and would be great in hot, humid situations as it helps control perspiration, oil production and microbial growth, as well as helping one find peace and bliss in the environment. Lime essence encourages purity of emotion, clarity of mind, and assertiveness of character. It allows us to have clear yet beautiful vision and thus helps us to see the ‘beauty of truth’. On the skin lime essential oil can be clarifying and balancing, helping with greasiness, blemishes and hyper-pigmentation.
Citrus bergamia, Bergamot
Before I smelled bergamot essential oil I really wouldn’t have been able to imagine that a citrus could smell so profound, but that’s exactly what emerald- coloured bergamot is: profoundly fresh and singular, yet amazingly, very versatile. For example, blending bergamot with lavender results in something blissfully dreamy; with lemon it is intensely fresh; and with ylang ylang bergamot smells beautifully precious. Bergamot encourages higher emotions and states like love, intuition, sensitivity, honesty, deep peace, euphoria and enlightenment: it’s a truly magical essence. It helps purify the physical being and connect to the spiritual realm. On the skin bergamot is purifying and beautifying: it’s great for clearing up grease and blemishes, helps with dullness and hyper-pigmentation, and relaxes the facial muscles so that the face takes on a blissful beauty, lit from within.