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12 Lemongrass Skin Benefits + DIY Soap

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

Lemongrass essential oil and fresh lemongrass skin benefits

Lemongrass is a fragrant plant widely used in Indias and South East Asia cooking and has many cosmetic advantages. Read on to learn about the properties of lemongrass on the skin.

What is Lemongrass?

fresh cute lemongrass skin and body benefits

Lemongrass or citronella is a plant that comes from Asia (India and South East Asia).

Like most grass types of plants, it grows naturally in the wild. It is a perennial, meaning that it will repeatedly grow every year, appreciated for the aroma and fresh taste it brings to the kitchen, used in many Thai and Vietnamese dishes.

Its shape is similar to a leek and has a powerful green color and a rich citrus smell; when you cut through it, you can see all the inner rings identical to those on an onion.

What properties does it have for the skin?

Lemongrass is not the first word that comes into people's mind when they think of beauty products but its a very interesting ingredient to use on your skin for the following reasons:

Reduces pores

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Large pores are among the most common concerns we have about our skin, especially for people with oily skin. Lemongrass eliminates excess oil and helps to reduce pores for a more uniform face.

Helps reduce cellulite

Massage these soaps into the skin in critical areas and then gently brushing, with a final rinse.

It is refreshing

Lemongrass has a pleasant fresh aroma; this way brings freshness to the skin. The refreshing sensation it leaves is delightful, especially in the mornings when it can help us wake up completely.

Helps to treat acne skin

lemongrass essential oil and dried lemongrass skin benefits

Lemongrass soap, thanks to its properties against bacteria and fungi, is very beneficial for skin with acne or pimples if used regularly. For oily and unbalanced skin, applied topically, it helps to combat seborrheic imbalances.

For more natural soaps to treat acne, read this article.


Citronella essential oil has energizing and stimulating properties. For the skin, this means a boost of energy: goodbye tired face!

Relaxing effect

Relax in a bath with citronella foam to add other essential oils such as lavender and tell us about it.


Thanks to its high content of vitamins A and C and antioxidants, lemongrass protects the skin from free radicals, perfect for fighting pollution, and as a natural product is safe to use every day for a glowing complexion!

Hand sanitizer

lemongrass essential oils benefits

They contain elements with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help keep bacteria and fungi at bay, even in children.

For more information on how to properly wash your hands to avoid germs, read this article.

Protects your skin from mosquito bites

Many insects do not like its citric smell to avoid areas where citronella is present or environments with its aroma. Washing with a citronella mosquito repellent soap will prevent them from coming near you.

You can also put some tablets using it as a mosquito repellent air freshener in a small area.

Anti-flea and tick

If used on animals, it prevents infestation by these external parasites. Perhaps best in the liquid citronella soap version rather than the bar version.

Stops body odor

lemongrass skin benefits

The soap made with citronella helps prevent body odor if used regularly because it stops body sweating. Be patient, and, in time, you will see the results.

Improves hair health

But you will have to find the right citronella in the soap for this use, especially for hair. Other essential oils are usually added, such as eucalyptus or camphor oil, that will leave you with incredible hair.


Product Recommendations

Lemongrass & Lemon Myrtle Plant Oil Soap

Crafted responsibly with sustainable palm oil and enriched with organic shea butter. Each bar is created with a triple milling process for a long-lasting, rich, creamy lather that leaves the skin feeling silky smooth.


Crate 61 Citrus Soap 6-Pack Box Set

Made exclusively with certified vegan and cruelty-free ingredients and packaged in fully biodegradable paperboard boxes. Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and unrefined avocado oil lend a rich bubbly lather that will leave your skin super soft and moisturized.


Reveal Naturals Lemongrass loofah Soap

Made from all Natural Egyptian Loofah or Luffa this exfoliating soap is gentle but effective in removing dead skin while the soap washes your skin.


Fresh and Balancing Zum Bars

100% pure essential oils. All-natural ingredients. No animal tallow, synthetic colorings, or fragrances. Paraben-Free. Sulfate-Free. Cruelty-Free. Made in the USA.


Baudelaire Exfoliating Soap

Made with seaweed from the coast of Brittany, France, these simple yet elegant soaps have their roots in time-honored traditions of craftsmanship, tradition, and contemporary innovation. Made in the USA.


Neem Soap Bar

Keep your skin healthy and vibrant for longer. Contains no hidden synthetic dyes, perfumes, or harsh chemicals that can damage and irritate your skin.


How to use lemongrass?

lemongrass essential oil benefits

As we have said, lemongrass is often used in cooking, especially in Asian dishes. In addition, if you take it as an infusion, you will enjoy its benefits détox, perfect to cleanse your body from stress and free radicals.

If you feel like making your own soap bar, here's a great recipe.

Lemongrass DIY natural soap


How to make the soap

  • Collect the wax, the butter, and the almond oil.

  • Put them in a bain-marie until they melt and you get a homogeneous paste.

  • Once removed from the heat, add the essential oils you have decided to incorporate, taking care not to let air bubbles form.

  • Fill the molds with the desired shape and size, leave to cool and that's it.

After seeing all the benefits lemongrass has in skincare, you're sure to be bitten by the curiosity worm and want to try it.

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