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When I fell pregnant I developed a strong love for mandarins. Most of my friends similarly craved citrus during their first trimester. My sister-in-law would order glasses and glasses of lemon water, mostly just lemon doused with a bit of aqua. When you’re queasy all the time, the fresh, tangy taste offers the perfect pick-me-up, combined with a whole range of other health benefits.

With this, I’ve fallen hard for citrus fragrances. When I delved a bit into the health benefits of these oils, I discovered they’re all geared to lifting your mood in some way, helping to reduce fatigue and lift energy – all things I’ve needed in my life. So if you’re looking for a pick-me-up, consider introducing citrus into your selection of home fragrances, lotions and perfumes.

Here are a couple of my favourite citrus notes:


Bergamot is a highly popular aromatic in the fragrance industry, also used to flavour Earl Grey tea. It has a fresh, slightly bitter and tart smell and it’s known for its relaxing properties.


I love the sweet, tangy and bitter scent of a grapefruit. When inhaled, it’s said that grapefruit oil can help to treat hangovers, headaches, depression and mental fatigue.


Neroli or Orange Blossom is an essential oil that’s produced from a bitter orange tree. It smells like a combination of orange peel and honey blossom flowers, and it’s said that Neroli can work as an anti-depressant and an aphrodisiac.


Lemon simply has the freshest scent. The juice is clean, crisp and tangy, while the zest delivers a beautiful sweetness. Lemon oil is known as an antiseptic and detoxifying ingredient, and it can also help to relieve exhaustion, anxiety, tension and fatigue.


Orange has that perfect blend of sweet, bitter, and soft floral notes. As an essential oil, it can work as an anti-depressant, and an aphrodisiac. It can also relieve anxiety, anger and depression, and relax your muscles.


This tiny citrus packs a powerful punch. Have you ever popped one in your mouth (you’re suppose to eat it whole, skin and all)? You’ll get the perfect medley of sweet, bitter and sour notes. As an essential oil it helps to uplift and energise your senses.

Try these revitalising scents

Eco Diva Room Mist

(R135 for 300ml,

This room mist is 100% natural, made using organic ingredients and formulated without any chemical nasties. It contains a blend of vanilla, bergamot and grapefruit to boost your energy and lift your spirits, so spritz it all over the house in the morning to get going.

Africology Natural Scented Candle


These candles are made with pure, natural essential oils and organic, sustainable beeswax and soy flakes. The smell is completely addictive, with a floral and slightly bitter quality that hits all the right notes.

Crabtree & Evelyn Citron and Coriander Energising Hand Therapy

(R400 for 100ml,

I am obsessed with this hand cream. It’s highly nourishing, with Vitamins C and E, Shea Butter and Macadamia Oil, and the scent is a gorgeous blend of Citron, Lemon Leaf, Honey, Pepper and Coriander. It’s basically summer in a tube.

Solinotes Fleur d’Oranger Eau de Parfum

(R298 for 50ml, Foschini)

Solinotes has just launched in South Africa, bringing you a light-hearted collection of perfumes that are perfect for summer. Fleur d’Oranger is my personal favourite, combining notes of Bergamot, Lemon, Orange Blossom and Honey.

Rain Karoo Home Fragrance Reed Diffuser Set


The Rain Karoo home fragrance is soft and sweet, dominated by notes of kumquat, blood orange, frankincense and pink pepper. Pop it in your office space for some zesty inspiration.

Which one of these would you most like to try? Pop your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you.


I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.

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