When I was in high school, everyone wore Jean Nate. It was the light and clean citrus scent that we loved. Now the world of cosmetics is overflowing with lemon-based products. The lemon is both a small evergreen tree native to Asia, and the tree’s oval yellow fruit. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in many dishes and it’s also used in aromatherapy, first aid and medicine. Use it for itchy, flaky scalp and unclogging pores. Rinse hands and feet in lemon juice and water to and pat dry. You can even get sunny highlights with lemon juice. Here’s a roundup of some lemony loveliness to try:
J.R. Watkins is known for its rich, creamy and great smelling products. The Natural Lemon Sink Set not only makes a lovely addition to your bathroom with hand soap and lotion, the ingredients are natural plant-based, dye-free and earth-friendly. $18,www.jrwatkins.com/.
Leave it to OPI to come up with this awesome Manicure-Pedicure Lemon Tonic Scrub & Massage. The citrus-scented twosome takes care of your hands and tootsies and lets you soak away stress and massage in lemony goodness in the comfort of your own home. $14.50, www.opi.com/.
Ever wonder how you can keep eye shadow from creasing on oily lids? Then try Jane Iredale Lid Primer Lemon, which doubles as a primer and a shadow that can be applied with a finger to make the eye look moist and shimmery. $18.50, www.janeiredale.com/.
Mark Three’s A Charm Lemon Sugar 3-in-1 Cleanser doubles as a multitasking foaming cleanser that can be used as a body wash, bubble bath and gentle daily use shampoo as well. No matter how it’s used, it leaves a delicious light scent wherever you go. Rates 5 star reviews! $8, http://www.avon.com/.
Benefit Lemon-Aid is a color correcting eyelid primer that instantly hides redness and discolorations on your lids to make you look refreshed, frisky and ready for fun. $20, http://www.macys.com or http://www.benefit.com/.
For clearer skin, try Eminence Lemon Cleanser to refresh and gently cleanse while sweeping away troublesome dirt, oil, and debris. It’s ideal for all skin types, especially sensitive, mature and dry skin. Lemon, the key ingredient, is a purifying astringent while vitamins A, C, and E protect skin from damaging free radicals. $35.60, www.skinbotanica.com.
Revitalize your skin and energize your senses with Philosophy’s Lively Lemon Verbena. This ultra-rich, moisturizing body lotion hydrates, softens and soothes dry skin, leaving it silky-smooth. The bright, citrus-floral scent provides a light veil of fragrance to leave you feeling lively and fresh. $24, www.shop.nordstrom.com.
Burt’s Bees Lemon Poppy Facial Cleanser cleans and exfoliates in one easy step. It leaves your skin refreshed and revived. Infused with lemon oil and yucca extract, this cleanser helps penetrate pores and remove both impurities and make-up. Polish your skin and feel beautifully alive. $6. Another Burt’s Bees cult classic Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – a must for brittle nails! http://www.burtsbees.com/.
LEMON FRESH HAIR
Avalon Organics Lemon Clarifying Organic Shampoo contains shea butter, but does not contain parabens or harsh preservatives. It’s gentle for your hair and leaves it smelling as though you’ve just walked through a lemon grove. Pair it with Avalon Organics Therapeutic Lemon Conditioner. $9.95, http://www.drugstore.com/.
You’ll feel as though you’re walking on air with Roger & Gallet Citron Perfume Water. Made in France, this light and delicate spray will bring an added air of confidence to beguile and intoxicate. $49, http://www.amazon.com/.
SPOTS BE GONE
Clear Essence Lemon + Vitamin C Perfecting Fade Serum is an all-over or spot treatment to fade skin discolorations and acne scars. Simply smooth a thin layer on your skin where the discoloration occurs and gently massage in a circular motion. This product can also be applied as a base underneath makeup. For a visible difference, apply twice daily for 4 to 6 weeks. $12.99, http://www.amazon.com/.
Baviphat Natural Pure Lemon Facial Foam is a lather-rich cleanser made with zesty lemon to keep skin fresh and blemish-free. Squeeze out a small amount and lather on skin. Massage in and then rinse thoroughly. This is the perfect daily cleanser for oily and combination skin types. $8, http://www.amazon.com/.
KISS ME QUICK
For kissable lips with a tang, try EOS Lemon Drop Lip Balm. This lemon-infused balm with SPF 15 keeps your lips protected from the sun’s rays while outside in the fall chill. It’s made with vitamin E to heal chapped, cracked and dry lips. The convenient round container won’t get lost at the bottom of purses or totes and the cap screws on to keep the balm clean and fresh. $2.99, http://www.target.com/.