Fragrance has a way of bringing me back to a different time and place and lemon is by far my time travel of choice. One whiff of this citrus scent never fails to usher me back in time to my honeymoon in Italy. While traveling in Capri, my newly minted husband and I sipped limoncello while reclining under an abundant and fragrant canopy of lemon trees. It was heaven!
I’m far from alone in my lemon love. Aromatherapists also love it because lemon is known to have properties that can elevate the mood and increase energy levels while actually decreasing stress as well as anxiety levels. The lemon fruit’s light, fresh, intoxicating, citrusy fragrance also happens to be ideal for summer’s steamier moments since it will never overpower.
When life gives you lemons, you’ll want it to be one of these incredible lemon-infused beauty products:
Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien Eau de Toilette ($105) has been a signature scent of mine since I first discovered it as a teen in a wonderfully chic fragrance shop in Marigot, St. Martin. Notes of Sicilian Lemon, Grapefruit, Green Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, Cypress, and Bergamot give it depth, but I love the way it makes me smell clean, fresh and zesty.
Kneipp Enjoy Life Body Wash ($15) is a soap-free, pH balanced gentle cleanser formulated with lemon and may chang essential oils as well as sweet almond oil for an uplifting, invigorating nourishing and skin-softening experience.
eos Lemon Drop Smooth Sphere Lip Balm SPF 15 ($3.25) looks so much cooler than most of those other lip balm brands, but it’s more than meets the eye. It has broad-spectrum protection and an all-natural lemon flavor so it tastes great, is water-resistant for 80 minutes and contains lip conditioning oils and antioxidants (shea butter, jojoba oil and vitamin E) to soften, moisturize, protect and soothe.
Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Body Scrub ($38) is summer-in-a-scrub! This non-irritating coconut, lemon balm, lemongrass, jojoba and vanilla blend gently exfoliates your skin for a silky-soft, lightly fragranced finish.
Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream ($21), used daily, will help rejuvenate damaged skin. Lemon essential oils combine with Sea Buckthorn, Shea Butter and more to create a moisturizing, protective cream that leaves skin glowing.
Belif First Aid Transforming Peel Off Mask ($34) will give you a smoother, brighter, more luminous complexion and will even minimize the appearance of pores. It contains lemon balm to detox and soothe and salicylic acid in the form of white willow bark to clarify and calm. To use, apply a thin layer after cleansing and toning, and allow to dry (about 10-15 minutes). Then, add lukewarm water to transform it into a peel-off-gel before finishing with your serum and or moisturizer of choice.