Orange Powder for Skin and Hair

Looking at this picture, I'm tempted to pull out a glass of water and make myself a refreshing drink. But I won't, because this powder is quite tart to the taste. Besides, I have other plans for it.

Although powdered orange peel (INCI: Citrus aurantium peel powder) is mainly taken as a health supplement for everything from weight loss to mucus suppression, it also offers benefits with topical application.


Orange peel powder is said to be the perfect addition to a dry shampoo. I haven't tried it in this way - yet, but I am having fun getting to know this ingredient.

Used in Ayurvedic medicine both internally and externally, orange peel powder has a long history of uses.

Depending on where you check for information (a few links below), orange peel is attributed with the following properties

  • insecticidal
  • anti-fungal
  • stimulant - scalp and skin
  • astringent - skin
  • deep-cleansing (good for oily skin)
  • helps increase shine on hair
  • citrussy fragrance


It's that last one that had me instantly hooked and clicking 'add to cart' when I came across it at Aroma Zones website.


So far, I've been adding this powder to my no-soap face cleansers - both the dry ones (flowers-food-and-dirt) and the fat-based ones (bar-in-a-jar), as a component of my skin tonic (infusion), and straight up as a hair rinse (infusion).

As for effect – I'll be quite honest. There isn't really any wow factor attached to this ingredient – no promise of youth or anti-wrinkle magic, but that scent brings a tingly freshness to any mix, and that's really enough to make it a joy for me to work with.

On the still-to-try list
- added to a face mask
- added to a dry shampoo
- as an addition to a body scrub

Do Tell

Have you worked with this powder? How did you use it? What did you think of it?

More About Citrus Aurantium

About bitter Orange Peel (Amazon Discovery)
About Citrus Aurantium Peel Powder (cosmeticsinfo)
WebMd- uses, safety and dosage


María said…
One of my favourite DIY things is solid shampoo. I've tried a lot of variations and I change it every time just for the pleasure of having something new.
Once I tried an ayurvedic version of it with amla, brahmi, bringhraj and orange peel powder.
I liked it, it was good to my hair but I confess the texture was not the best: too grainy and it brittle a lot.
I modified the recipe and did it just with amla, orange powder and rhassoul and omg what a difference! Better texture, softer and wonderful.
I love this powder for my hair, which is oily, and for my face as a mask (mixed with other ingredients), I think it gives some kind of a glow to the face :)
LisaLise said…
Hi María- Ooo I love this combo idea! Amla, orange powder and rhasssoul is now on my to do list!