Grapefruit Essential Oil for Hair Removal

Unwanted hair can be a pain to deal with, especially if the hair is on your face. Unfortunately, many women deal with unwanted body hair on their face due to hormonal imbalances or medical issues. Disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and menstrual irregularities contribute to a lot of women’s frustrations when it comes to unwanted hair.

If you have unwanted hair, then you probably have tried many products over the years. You may even have some products that work well for you. Unwanted hair removal is a multi million dollar business, and unfortunately hair removal products are often very pricey and come with over exaggerated claims about the results they can produce. If you have encountered this over the years, then keep reading to learn about a simple fix for unwanted hair.

Over the years, essential oils have blown up in popularity. Many people turn to oils for everyday issues such as stress, anxiety, insomnia, and even the common cold. Some people also say that certain essential oils have benefits for unwanted hair growth. But is this really true, and what is the role of Grapefruit essential oil to reduce hair growth?

Grapefruit Essential Oil for Hair Removal

Grapefruit essential oil is produced by extraction of the oil from the peel of the grapefruit. It has a very distinct, citrusy smell to it. Many people enjoy the smell of the oil, but is it useful for hair removal?

Hair removal is most often done by the physical removal of the hair by using methods such as waxing, shaving, plucking or sugaring. These methods are highly efficient, but have to be repeated frequently. There currently is no scientific evidence that the use of grapefruit oil can reduce hair growth or can be useful for hair removal on its own, but if you enjoy the smell of the oil, you could think about using it after the hair removal.

The best way to use any essential oil topically is to place a few drops of the pure essential oil into a carrier oil. A carrier oil is any type of oil that will be absorbed into the skin and ‘carry’ the essential oil into your body.

Great examples of carrier oils include coconut oil, aloe vera oil, and even olive oil. Coconut oil and aloe vera are non-comedogenic and can be used on your face if you have unwanted hair growing there. Simply add a few drops of your essential oil into a jar of melted coconut oil or aloe vera gel and stir. Allow the mixture to solidify if you used coconut oil, then gently apply the mixture to your face or anywhere that you want to remove hair. If you want to use Grapefruit essential oil in this lotion, make sure to check it with your dermatologist first to see if it’s safe to use on your skin and for your body.

Other Essential Oils for Hair Removal

Grapefruit essential oil might have a nice smell to it, but there is little proof that it will help with hair removal. However, there are other oils that might be helpful for hair removal, especially if the excess hair growth is caused by hirsutism. Lavender essential oil and tea tree essential oil may be beneficial. Simply place a few drops of either oil into a carrier oil and see if there is an effect. Your skin may react better to one of these oils, so try them all out to see which one is best for you. You can also combine any of the two oils to make your own mix and see if it works well for you.

If you would like to learn more about essential oils and how they can be used for (facial) hair removal, head on over to our article on the subject!

And remember, before you start using any essential oil on your skin, make sure to talk to your dermatologist to see if it’s safe to use.


Grapefruit essential oil for hair removal is one of the oils that are most often mentioned for hair removal. However, there currently is little to no scientific evidence that it can reduce hair growth. If you enjoy the smell of the oil, you can add a few drops of it to your lotion, but be aware that it is photo-sensitive. This means that the oil reacts to light and can cause sunburn. So in areas that are exposed to sunshine, do not use grapefruit oils. And before using any essential oil on your skin, make sure to talk to your dermatologist about it.

If you’re interested in learning about other essential oils that may have an effect for hair removal or to reduce excess hair growth, read our in-depth article here.

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