Yuzu (Citrus junos)
Yuzu is a fruit that's primarily grown in Japan, where it's very popular. It resembles a small orange, but the rind is not as smooth.
Yuzu’s aroma is unmistakably citrus, and it also has floral notes that help it stand out from the crowd and put a new, complex twist on the familiar citrus fragrance.
These recipes let different aspects of Yuzu's personality shine, from its relaxing side to its more vibrant, optimistic notes.
Let's explore ways to use Yuzu essential oil for . . .
- Reducing germs
- Skin care
- Foam soap
- Feeling refreshed
- Bath salt
Yuzu is one of those essential oils (like Orange) that manages to be versatile, and is a good friend in both the daytime (when you want energy) and evenings (when it's time to relax).
Let's start with one of Yuzu's favorite daytime blends for getting your energy going . . .
Yuzu Diffuser Blend for Morning Energy!
Yuzu would definitely be a morning person.
Yuzu would get out of bed without hitting the “snooze” button, excited to start each day, with a ton of energy and inspiration. You'd see Yuzu running before sunrise, then making a big breakfast with everyone’s favorite foods. (It’s so warm and affectionate!) Yuzu would be full of ideas and the passion to put them into action.
Well, some people have a little more trouble getting going in the mornings!
Fortunately, you can diffuse Yuzu essential oil during your morning routine to give you an infusion of that bright, happy energy.
I'm (not) a Morning Person Diffuser Blend
- 2 drops Yuzu (Citrus junos)
- 1 drop Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
- 2 drops Rosemary ct. camphor (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
This blend is great anytime you need a pick-me-up, or find yourself in need of a little inspiration. It’s helpful at work . . . as long as your co-workers don’t mind you diffusing essential oils in a shared space. (If they do, you can make this blend in an inhaler. Then only you will smell it.)
I wrote a blog post about it that goes into its traditional uses and the complexity of its fragrance. Click here to read it!
Make Your Own Shower Gel with Yuzu Essential Oil
Yuzu is uplifting and bright, and it wants every day to be joyful. It's great at helping you find new levels of joy in familiar things.
I like to use it in a shower gel, where it not only helps me wake up and feel energized, but reminds me that every day can be a kind of celebration.
You'll Love Yuzu (and Neroli!) Shower Gel
- 2 oz (56 g) Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
- 16 drops Yuzu (Citrus junos)
- 4 drops Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
Make your blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) PET plastic bottle.
PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. In cases where glass isn't ideal—such as in the shower where the bottle might get dropped—PET plastic is a good choice.
Give this shower gel a good shake each time you use it, to disperse the essential oils more evenly through the aloe vera. If you like, you can add Solubol dispersant to this blend to help keep the oils distributed. 4 ml of Solubol would be the right amount here. Just be sure to leave space in the bottle for it.
I recommend making this blend fresh every few weeks, since aloe vera gel is a water-based ingredient and we're not using any preservatives.
Vitality and Inspiration Body Butter
In Japan, taking a hot bath with Yuzu is a popular tradition on the winter solstice.
Sometimes the peels are removed and floated in the bath, sometimes the fruits are cut in half so the juice can infuse into the water, and sometimes the whole fruits are just dropped right in!
The goal is to release the citrusy floral aroma of the Yuzu
and coax its therapeutic properties out of its rind:
To create an aromatic bath that warms the body, calms the mind,
and leaves you feeling inspired for the future. It’s also said to protect against colds.
Doesn’t that sound so luxurious?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t often see yuzu fruits at my local farmers market. So I created this body butter recipe that would allow me to get the benefits of Yuzu essential oil. I like to use it after a hot bath.
Vitality and Inspiration Body Butter
- 3.5 oz (98 g) Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
- 1.5 oz (42 g) Cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao)
- 1 oz (28 g) Beeswax (Cera alba)
- 16 drops Yuzu (Citrus junos)
- 8 drops Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
- 8 drops distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
- 8 drops Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) . . . Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) works well too!
- Melt your beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil using the “double boiler method.” Put them in a Pyrex measuring cup, and put the measuring cup in a cooking pot that’s ¼ full of gently boiling water. Be sure the water doesn’t splash up into the Pyrex. Stir gently.
- When they’re melted, remove the Pyrex from heat and add your essential oils, stirring gently.
- Pour your blend into an 8 oz (240 ml) glass jar and let it cool.
I hope your body butter makes you feel calm and inspired!
Don’t worry, be happy with Yuzu Foam Soap!
If Yuzu essential oil could bring you a fresh bouquet of flowers every day, it would.
There’s just something about making people’s day, that really makes Yuzu’s happy! It loves to inspire happiness, relieve anxiety, and help you connect with joy.
Yuzu is a lot like Bergamot in that way. They’re two of my favorite oils for supporting emotional well-being. I like to think of them as good friends to each other—and to me, coming over to my house to cheer me up when I need it.
A fun way to use Yuzu and Bergamot is in a foaming hand soap.
You’ll need a 50 ml foam soap bottle for this blend.
Don't Worry, Be Happy Foam Soap
- 1.25 oz (37.5 ml) Castile soap
- ¼ oz (about 7.5 ml) Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
- 10 drops Yuzu (Citrus junos)
- 2 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
- 4 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
You don’t actually have to measure the aloe vera gel.
Just add a “dash,” or a “splash,” or a “little bit,” and make sure that you leave enough room in the foam soap bottle for the top of the bottle to take up some space when you screw it on.
Not sure how much aloe to add?
Watch me make this recipe!
I'm using a different essential oil blend in the video,
so you can get more ideas for getting creative with your own foam soaps.
A homemade foam soap like this would be great in the bathroom of a massage or yoga studio. I recommend making a fresh bottle every few weeks, since there are no preservatives in it.
Tired but can’t sleep? Yuzu can help.
Have you ever been tired but unable to sleep?
It can happen if you’ve been going-going-going. When you finally get a chance to curl up in bed, your body is exhausted but you can’t turn off your mind.
This kind of restless sleepiness can really wear you down, and before you know it your immunity is low and you’re sniffling.
Yuzu essential oil can help! It wants to draw you a hot bath, give you a cup of tea, and sing you a lullaby. Like all the citrus oils, Yuzu offers excellent support for immunity. It’s also relaxing and uplifting in the same way that Sweet Orange is.
This recipe is for a relaxing bath salt with Yuzu and Lavender. It uses three different kinds of salt to help your body release deep tension.
Rest and Restore Bath Salts
- 1.5 oz (42 g) pink Himalayan salt
- 1.5 oz (42 g) Epsom salt
- 1 oz (28 g) Dead Sea salt
- 2 tbsp (about 30 ml) castile soap
- 6 drops Yuzu (Citrus junos)
- 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Make your blend in a 4 oz (120 ml) jar. I like to use PET plastic for blends I’m using around the bathtub, because I don’t want them to shatter if I accidentally drop them. PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. In cases where glass isn't ideal, PET plastic is a good choice.
This recipe is enough for two baths. I usually use about 5 drops of essential oils per bath, so you can use this blend twice! I recommend making this blend fresh every few weeks.
Please note: It’s not always a good idea to just drop essential oils directly into your bath water. First of all . . . oil and water don’t mix! So your essential oils won’t disperse well. Second, the oils won’t float in the middle of the tub, but will be drawn to the lipids in your skin. This means they’ll be touching your skin undiluted. Combined with hot water, this can potentially cause irritation.
So a safe, effective way to use essential oils in a bath is to mix them with castile soap. This helps the essential oils disperse through the bath water.
A Safety Note about Yuzu
Yuzu is a citrus essential oil, and many citrus oils are phototoxic
(causing negative skin reactions in sun or UV light).
However, no research indicates that Yuzu is phototoxic.
In their book Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals,
Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young conclude that it's unlikely that Yuzu is phototoxic.
And wash-off products with phototoxic oils in them are generally
considered safe anyway, since you rinse them off so quickly.
Do you love Yuzu essential oil yet?
Another fun way to get to know this unique oil is by substituting it for other citrus oils in your recipes. If you have a favorite recipe that calls for Orange or Grapefruit, try using equal drops of Yuzu instead. See how it changes the character of your blends!