Citrus Sensation


Most of us have heard of the grapefruit diet made famous in the ‘70s that consists of eating half a grapefruit with every meal, because the citrus fruit contains fat-burning enzymes that were said to help dieters lose weight by speeding up the metabolism. While this fad diet has since lost popularity and been replaced by many others throughout the years, grapefruit has found a new home in the spa world. Packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, this fruit is a versatile ingredient that can be used for myriad reasons. “Grapefruit is a great ingredient to incorporate into products, because it has so many benefits,” says Monica Muniz, associate brand manager of Body Drench, which sells a variety of products featuring this ingredient, including Candied Grapefruit Exfoliating Gel and Grapefruit Moisturizing Lip Balm. “It is a natural exfoliator and cleanser that can clear away surface impurities from environmental elements. It also invigorates the skin while restoring skin’s moisture.”

Guests at The Umstead Spa (Raleigh, NC) have a plethora of options to choose from during the spa’s seasonal grapefruit specials, such as the Organic Grapefruit Body Exfoliation ($120, 50 minutes), which includes a sugar scrub that gently exfoliates and helps to refine, smooth, and reduce the appearance of cellulite and an application of grapefruit body butter cream to moisturize. There is also the Organic Grapefruit Manicure ($40, 40 minutes) and Pedicure ($70, 50 minutes), which include a gentle exfoliation with a grapefruit sugar scrub and an application of grapefruit butter cream; and the Orange & Grapefruit Facial ($120, 50 minutes), which uses grapefruit pulp because it is rich in vitamins A and C to help nourish and fortify the skin. And while The Spa at The Hotel Hershey (PA) may be known mostly for its delicious chocolate treatments, guests there can also enjoy the many benefits of grapefruit from head to toe with the Citrus Sensation Package ($190, 3 hours), which includes the Grapefruit Soak, the Grapefruit Sugar Body Scrub, the Grapefruit Hydrating Body Wrap, and lunch in The Oasis lounge. 

A popular ingredient in facials, grapefruit is ideal for oily skin, as it acts as both an astringent and a toner while also cleansing. One of the most popular seasonal facials at La Vie De Luxe Salon and Spa (Chalfont, PA) is the Sweet Pink Grapefruit Facial ($85, 60 minutes). This grapefruit-infused facial is rich with vitamin C and antioxidants, making it ideal for detoxifying the skin, especially after being exposed to the rough summer elements. But keep in mind that grapefruit is an alpha-hydroxy acid, so it can be drying or irritating for clients with dehydrated or sensitive skin.

In addition to its skin-saving properties, grapefruit has scent-sational benefits, as well. For clients looking for an invigorating spa service, using products containing grapefruit essential oils is the way to go, according to Anne-Marie Caron, marketing director of Laboratoire Dr Renaud. She says the company chose to incorporate grapefruit because of its energizing, uplifting, and refreshing benefits, after customers expressed the wish for citrus in their skincare products.

The scent also helps stimulate the lymphatic system and detoxify the skin, which is why grapefruit aromatherapy is offered to clients during laser treatments at J SPA Medical Day Spa (Great Neck, NY). “Not only is grapefruit an uplifting, energizing scent but it also has real benefits for clients during procedures,” says owner Andrew Jacono, M.D. Clients can choose the Refreshing Grapefruit blend or the Detoxifying Citrus Fresh blend. Grapefruit has an overall uplifting and revitalizing effect, which makes it great for stressful situations, according to aromatherapist Adora Winquist, founder of Opus Gaia Aromatherapy Products. “It’s often used as a lymphatic stimulant to support detoxification and systemic congestion,” she says. “Grapefruit essential oil via inhalation is an excellent digestive stimulant and assists the body in eliminating excess fluids. Its refreshing and cleansing nature makes grapefruit a sought after aroma in products.”

Another interesting benefit of grapefruit is referred to as “The Youth Effect.” In a study conducted by Alan Hirsch, neurological director and founder of The Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation (Chicago), participants wore surgical masks infused with three fragrance extracts—cucumber, grape, and grapefruit. Then, they were each asked to guess the ages of various models in photographs. The participants wearing the grapefruit-infused masks guessed a lower age than they guessed while wearing a fragrance-less mask, while those with the cucumber and grape scents noticed no difference. This effect was greatest for subjects looking at photos of the opposite sex—men guessed the women in photos to be, on average, 6.1 years younger, while the female participants viewed men in the photos as 2.9 years younger.

Although that is only one study on the topic of appearing younger, there is no doubt that grapefruit is an effectively proven and versatile ingredient that can easily be incorporated into products and treatments for clients who are looking to moisturize, exfoliate, cleanse, or smooth the skin. Plus, the energizing, uplifting, and stimulating scent is sure to give a wake-up call to both the mind and the body.


Help clients achieve radiant and glowing skin with these invigorating grapefruit-based products.


Bioelements Active Astringent: This fragrance-free acne treatment contains grapefruit to hydrate and restore the skin while eliminating excess oil. 


Body Drench Candied Grapefruit Exfoliating Gel: This gel gently exfoliates as it stimulates the skin. It awakens skin with the fresh scent of grapefruit.


Cellcosmet Dual Action Smooth Exfoliant Cream: This cream combines spherical micropolymers with certified organic botanicals and a papaya-grapefruit phyto-enzymatic complex to refine and brighten the appearance of skin, improve hydration, and clear clogged pores.


Christina Cosmeceuticals Fresh Aroma-therapeutic Cleansing Milk: Containing botanical cleansing and soothing agents like grapefruit, this formula removes makeup and bacteria while hydrating and balancing the skin.


COOLA Grapefruit Peppermint Natural Hand Lotion Bar: Infused with a refreshing grapefruit-peppermint scent, this bar uses shea butter to soften and moisturize the skin while vitamins A, E, and F help stimulate collagen production.


Elemental Herbology Detox Botanical Bathing Infusion: This formula contains geranium, grapefruit, juniper berry, and rosemary to help reduce fluid retention and boost circulation.


Germaine de Capuccini Equilibrium Line: This line includes a body scrub, a body shower gel, and a body moisturizer that are enriched with basil, grapefruit, mint, nutmeg, orange, and sage to help promote skin health. North & Central: West & South:


GlyMed Plus Serious Action Sulfur Masque: This mask includes grapefruit peel oil, which stimulates micro-circulation for enhanced healing and leaves a fresh citrus scent.


G.M. Collin Bio Organique: This line of eight products hydrates, nourishes, balances, and protects the skin using grapefruit peel oil.


Laboratoire Dr Renaud HydraDouceur Cleansing Milk: This gentle formula is formulated with 100-percent active vegetal water extracted from grapefruit juice and is highly concentrated with mineral salts and trace elements to gently remove makeup leaving the skin feeling clean and soft.


Pevonia Balancing Combination Skin Cleanser: This cleanser rinses away
impurities and oil without leaving behind any residue. It contains grapefruit essential oil, lemon, rosemary, and safflower oil to control oiliness and refine visible pores on clients’ skin.


Prima Fleur Botanicals Lymphatic Detoxifying Seaweed Gel: Containing herbal extracts, such as seaweed, bark and flower oils, and pink grapefruit, this gel stimulates the lymphatic system to eradicate toxins.


SESHA Skin Therapy Natural Toner: This toner contains ginger root, ginkgo biloba, grapefruit, melon, and rose to stimulate and refine the texture
of the skin, tightening pores and improving circulation to give the skin a finer, softer texture.


Shira Esthetics Shir-Organic Pure Grapefruit Moisturizer: This oil-free moisturizer contains grapefruit to hydrate and heal skin.


Sothys Paris Normalizing Beauty Milk: Grapefruit extract dissolves excess oil and refreshes the skin while milk removes makeup and daily impurities.


Yüm Skincare Citrus Paradisi Cleanser: This gentle foaming wash contains apple cider, grapefruit essential oil, and witch hazel to remove dirt and debris while retaining the skin’s natural moisture balance.