Lemongrass (Cymbopogon, Citronella) has a fresh, sharp lemon-like scent with a slight hint of exotic ginger. On the other hand, what gives strength and support to this fragrant note is a definite earthy and grassy undertone. It is bright and refreshing, exceptionally well balanced, and is there to stir things up, wake and energize you. That is why it is one of the most common choices when it comes to summer fragrances.
Lemongrass is one of the most popular essential oils used today due to its effectiveness, health benefits, and a wide range of applications. Because of its ability to lower the body temperature, lemongrass has been given the name “feverfew” in some cultures that have made tea leaves to treat fever.
Lemongrass is one of approximately 55 other species of herbs in the Poaceae family. It originates from tropical regions such as Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Oceania. Due to its wide application, lemon grass and lemon grass essential oil are produced worldwide today. The two most popular varieties of lemongrass are Cymbopogon citratus and Cymbopogon flekuosus. Although both can be used to make essential oils, the former is mainly used for culinary purposes, while the latter is more famous for use in essential oil mixes and perfumes.
The lemongrass plant has stems that are fibrous and smell like lemon. In the essential oil, lemongrass’s scent is fresh and light with a clear hint of lemon.
Lemongrass essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of fresh or partially dried lemon grass leaves. The oil manifests itself in color from slightly yellow to very yellow and exudes a fresh, sweet, grassy, and citrus fragrant note after distillation. Perfumers especially like its relaxing effect, which is used in aromatherapy to treat depressive conditions. Although quite similar to the lemon’s aromatic note, lemon grass is still slightly different because you can feel that grassy moment in it. It is known to create a beneficial feeling of refreshment and invigoration, affects the elimination of bad mood, relieves anxiety, stress, irritability, lethargy, nervousness and insomnia.
Paradoxically, it can increase alertness and energy on the one hand and calm down on the other. But this is the case only with pure essential oils, not synthetic substitutes. Because natural essential oils contain substances that even when they excite the nervous system, they also contain substances that calm it down so that there is no imbalance as with synthetic substitutes.
The fragrant note of lemongrass is wildly popular in so-called citrus-aromatic perfumes because it exudes freshness and serenity. Lemon grass in perfumes is bright and exciting and adds a rich and sharp vibe to any scent. Its glow is reminiscent of sunny spring afternoons and summer days spent drinking squeezed citruses by the water. The fragrant note of lemon grass is usually used as a top or middle note in perfume production. It combines well with other hesperidic fruits but gives sensual and oriental notes a special mystique of the Far East and a complex note of vetiver. The coconut combination with lemongrass is also attractive as if they were created for an exceptional perfume for hot days at sea. Bouquets with lemongrass are usually intense, fierce, amazingly refreshing, and yet elegant and sensual. With a fragrance with a fragrant note of lemongrass, a good mood and energy are almost guaranteed.
Famous perfumes with a note of lemongrass are:
- Adam Levine for Men
- Avon Pretty Blue
- Burberry Brit for Her
- Carthusia Io Capri
- Carven Vetiver
- Diesel Only the Brave Wild
- House of Matriarch She
- Jovan Grass Oil
- Louis Vuitton Cactus Garden
- Lush Karma
- Oriflame Glacier Ice
- Penhaligon’s Bayolea
- Rituals no.10 Lemongrass & Neroli
- Tauer Orange Star
- Xerjoff Fiero