Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh citruses, right? But why is that so generally available and what is their effect on our health and mind? Citrus Bliss doTerra blend is one lovely mixture of citrus essences. That is why I think it deserves a closer inspection.
In this post, you’ll be reading about:
- The ingredients of the blend and their benefits.
- The benefits of the doTerra Citrus Bliss blend. I’ll be talking about scientific research done on citrus oils. Plus their therapeutic effects.
- Where do you buy this popular essential oil blend? Especially when not everyone has a doTerra advocate close by.
- Safety tips to enjoy all the blend’s benefits without unnecessary complications.
- A few words about the fragrance of the Citrus Bliss blend and its notes.
- Inspirational uses for the doTerra Citrus Bliss, plus other blend ideas. You could try it for skin care or health, or even for green cleaning. Check out the last part of the article for more details.
Citrus Bliss doTerra Essential Oil Invigorating Blend (Benefits, Safety Tips and Fragrance)
The choice of citrus essential oils is a very good one. Most people love their fresh and lively fragrance. It usually brings a sense of release, relaxation and peace. At the same time, they’re also stimulating to our senses.
doTerra’s proprietary Citrus Bliss Invigorating blend is a mixture of eight essences. All, expect one, are citrus essential oils.
I will tell you more about their special benefits. But before that, you should know that all citrus oils have a chemical constituent in common. They contain limonene in various percentages, some more and others less. Limonene has the following effects:
Now let’s see what ingredients we have in Citrus Bliss and what their benefits are:
Wild/Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) – 89 – 97% limonene.
The oil can disinfect and purify the air, but it can also relieve stress symptoms. It has a mild sedative effect that favors a good sleep and relieves anxiety. Sweet Orange can also boost digestion, calm down nausea and gastric hyperacidity, among others.
Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon) – 56 – 78% limonene.
This essential oil has good antibacterial and lipolytic effects. The latter means that it can help dissolve cholesterol. It can also relieve nausea and favor bile production. Lemon oil can also strengthen the capillaries and make the blood more fluid.
Grapefruit essential oil (Citrus paradisi) – 90- 97% limonene.
Grapefruit can also dissolve fats, which is why it makes a good anti-cellulite ingredient. It can also disinfect and purify the air or surfaces. Grapefruit can raise the blood pressure.
The function of the liver can be regulated with Grapefruit oil. At the same time, the oil calms down digestive problems. It regulates sebum production too.
Mandarin essential oil (Citrus reticulata) – 65 – 80% limonene.
Mandarin is a great calming and sedating ingredient. It acts on the nervous system and helps the muscle nerves relax. It also favors good sleep and digestion.
Mandarin protects against fungal and bacterial infections and regulates sebum production. It is also good for stretch marks.
Bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia) – 34 – 52% limonene.
Bergamot has antispasmodic and anxiolytic effects. This means the oil is a very good calming and sedating ingredient. It lowers the blood pressure and calms down the nervous system, favoring a good sleep.
It can also relieve muscle spasms or contractions. This helps the body relax. Bergamot can also kill germs, bacteria and fungi. The oil helps with nausea too, but also with bile production and liver protection.
Tangerine essential oil (Citrus tangerina or citrus unshiu)
All leads lead to the C. reticulata (mandarin) fruit group. The genetics of reddish-orange mandarins is not so well known yet. Tangerine’s properties and benefits are very similar to those of the mandarin.
Clementine essential oil (Citrus clementina)
This is a hybrid between sweet orange and mandarin. It is safe to assume it has a high percentage (at least 65%) of limonene. Clementine can also favor a good sleep and a good digestion.
It has antibacterial effects and can also regulate the sebum production. It can be used against anxiety, stress, nervous tensions or depression.
Vanilla bean absolute (vanilla planifolia/fragrans)
This is not an essential oil. It is extracted with the CO2 method, which makes it very thick. It contains about 90% vanillin.
This extract can relieve stress and anxiety, improve the libido and disinfect. It has antioxidant and toning effects. Not to mention its sweet, oriental characteristic fragrance!
Unfortunately, doTerra doesn’t provide access to the GC/MS report for these ingredients.
Generally speaking, it is safe to assume that an essential oil has been extracted by steam distillation. This is the most common and cost-effective extraction method. It happens to also gives high-quality extracts.
The doTerra Citrus Bliss Invigorating blend uses mostly citruses. Because of that, it would have been necessary to know how they were extracted.
Why do I say this? I say it because citrus essential oils (cold pressed and/or expressed) are known to be phototoxic. This means they contain certain substances called furocoumarins. In contact with UV light, they react badly.
Phototoxicity means that an oil can:
- Cause hyperpigmentation on exposed areas,
- 1st and sometimes even 2nd degree burns.
- UV radiation and furocoumarins can also cause the skin to thicken.
Luckily, today’s technology makes it possible to remove these furocoumarins. The method is called supercritical fluid chromatography.
You can find this thing out about an oil by asking for its GC/MS report, for free. It is also useful to know their extraction method.
Steam – distilled citrus essential oils don’t contain furocoumarins. Their molecules weigh a lot more than the other volatile constituents and the steam can’t extract them.
Most suppliers however, do mention it in the product description. For example, bergapten-free Bergamot essential oil means is not phototoxic.
doTerra recommends avoiding sun exposure or other UV lights for 12 hours after applying the product. That time however, could be minimized by washing with soap.
This caution shows that their oils are either cold-pressed or expressed. In other words, all the citrus oils are phototoxic.
However, there are some good news too. A citrus essential oil blend such as Citrus Bliss has great anti-inflammatory effects. Available research shows that furocoumarins can suppress the inflammatory activity of the skin tissue.
What is the Solution then?
Simply avoid using the Citrus Bliss essential oil Invigorating blend before or after sun exposure. The safest way to make sure you’re totally safe is to use it is during the cold season. Just avoid using it in facial blends, especially since the snow reflects sunlight.
Citrus Oils that Contain Furocoumarins
Not all cold pressed or expressed citrus essential oils contain furocoumarins (FCs). The ones with the highest level of FCs and the most restrictions are:
- Bitter Orange,
Other citrus oils contain very small amounts of FCs. They don’t have special restrictions either, especially when used alone. They are:
But, when combined with other phototoxic essences, they too must be used carefully. In one of their amendments (48th), the International Fragrance Association states that:
“If phototoxic oils are used in combination with other phototoxic ingredients, the additive effect has to be taken into consideration and the use levels have to be reduced accordingly”.
Where Do You Buy a Citrus Bliss doTerra Invigorating Blend?
If you live in the U.S, it is very likely to know someone that affiliates with doTerra. You can therefore order the Citrus Bliss blend from them.
Luckily for those who don’t have a doTerra advocate around, their Citrus Bliss can be bought online too. You can find it on Amazon. Just make sure they ship it to your country of residence first.
Safety Tips for Safe Citrus Bliss Uses
Essential oils are very concentrated plant extracts. Because of it, you can use just a small amount of these doTerra citrus oils. You can thus enjoy a fresh and uplifting atmosphere for a long time.
Before starting to use the blend, you should read the following safety tips. They are meant to help you avoid health complications and enjoy only the oils’ benefits. Being all-natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe too.
- For topical applications, always dilute the blend with carrier oils. You can also mix them with salt to disperse into the bath water.
- Avoid using the doterra Citrus Bliss (neat or diluted) around the eyes, nose and mouth.
- Never pour doTerra Citrus oils (or any other brand) inside the ears.
- If you’re on prescribed medications, check with your doctor before using the blend.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also talk to their doctor first. Essential oil molecules are so tiny that it is thought they can penetrate the placenta. Or they can exit the body through maternal milk.
- Make sure you’ve talked to a doctor about inhaling this citrus essential oil blend. Especially if you suffer from asthma, seizures, epilepsy, diabetes, etc.
- Avoid using it before or after sunlight or UV exposure. If you find steam-distilled Citrus essential oils, use them during the hot season. Leave the doTerra Invigorating blend for when you’ll be better protected.
- Do not use it internally, unless your doctor gave you permission. Essential oils can burn and sensitize the throat, nose, digestive system, etc. Also, water does not make a good carrier for essential oils, seeing that they don’t mix. Drinking water with essential oils increases the risk of harming your respiratory system.
- Always test each new Citrus Bliss oil blend you buy. Apply a diluted drop on the inside of your forearm and wait for a day before any widespread use. Each new lot of oils may cause irritation and other allergic reactions. Their chemical composition usually varies with each new harvest. The geographical area, the harvesting and processing methods can influence it.
doTerra Citrus Bliss Essential Oil Blend Perfume and Notes
Most users have been pleased with the scent of the Citrus Bliss doTerra blend. But some found the scent too faint, or on the contrary, too strong. There will always be exceptions like these. Plus the facts that people’s tastes differ.
Hopefully, the next paragraphs will help you make an informed opinion on how you might find the blend’s perfume.
Perfumes have three basic notes: Top, Middle and Base. Citrus Bliss is a perfume blend with two types of notes. Citrus oils are top notes.
This means they’re the first you’ll smell. They’re also the first to evaporate. Depending on skin chemistry, you could smell them for up to 2 hours.
Vanilla absolute is a strong base note. Too much and it can overpower all the other scents. Base notes reveal last, but they last a very long time. They’re basically all that remains of a perfume. Some may even linger for days.
Now, in my vanilla-loving opinion, the smell of the Citrus Bliss is indeed lovely. But we’re all different, and you may find it too weak, too strong, too persistent, too sweet, etc.
As a side note, essential oil blends maturate in time. This means that the blend can change its smell, the longer you keep it bottled.
As long as you keep your expectations reasonable, the fragrance of the doTerra Invigorating blend could be a pleasant surprise.
This type of perfume can also be mixed with other fragrances. The best ones that go well with the Citrus Bliss doTerra blend are woody or spicy. Some florals can also work well. You could try:
- Douglas Fir,
- Atlas Cedarwood,
- Black Pepper,
Citrus Bliss Uses and Other Recipe Ideas with It
If you’re looking to be more practical, this section is for you. Maybe you have the blend or you intend to buy it soon. Regardless, you’ll still want some more inspirational ideas to try to make a better use of it.
The uses for doTerra Citrus Bliss blend are many, but one of the best is topical applications. Simply mix the Citrus Bliss with your favorite carrier oil. Apply on face, body, stomach area, along the spine, etc. Where you use it depends on the purpose of your blend.
Facial Serum with doTerra Citrus Bliss
- Argan/Macadamia oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- doTerra Invigorating blend: 9 drops
Give the blend a good shake before each use. Apply on a clean, damp skin with circular movements, avoiding the eye area. Argan oil is great for mature or dry skin types. Macadamia is great for oily or combination skin types.
DIY Odor Eliminator with doTerra Citrus Bliss
- Frankincense hydrosol: 2 – 3 Oz (60 – 90ml)
- doTerra essential oil blend: 20 – 30 drops
- Spray bottle
Always shake well before use! That’ll activate the oil molecules and break them down into very tiny droplets.
The hydrosol is aromatic water that doesn’t mix with the oils. If they are well shaken however, they can still be dispersed into the atmosphere. Spray wherever you like, including surfaces that can be wiped.
The oil molecules will evaporate or enter your body via the nose. If they settle on surfaces, you can simply wipe it out. Essential oils don’t leave greasy films behind because they don’t contain fatty acids. Only carrier oils do.
Enhanced Mood and Sleep Diffuser Blend with doTerra Citrus Bliss
- doTerra essential oils blend: 20 drops
- Rose essential oil (Otto): 10 drops
Store this blend in a glass container. Use a few drops, depending on how big the space is. Or use as much as the diffuser’s manufacturer suggests.
Diffuse for 20 – 30 minutes tops! Your smell receptors become numb after about 20 minutes. Plus, continuous diffusion may cause headaches and/or nausea.
It can also stress your body or elevate heart rate and pressure, etc. Make sure you ventilate the room as well as possible.
The ideas for Citrus Bliss uses can be almost anything you like. Just take into consideration the safety tips I gave you. Also, always seek medical guidance if you’re not sure whether to use Aromatherapy or not.
There are many benefits in using Aromatherapy. History, tradition and now scientific research shows us that essential oils can make us feel better.
Aromatherapy is considered a complementary therapy. This means that you can use the oils along with other medications to speed up healing and recovery. Just make sure they don’t interact with each other!
Citrus Bliss doTerra Invigorating blend can help you feel better. It can also soothe digestive discomfort or purify the air, thus preventing viral infections. Because of all its aromas, the blend can be used as a discreet perfume as well.
Have you ever used the Citrus Bliss before? How do you find it? I’ll look forward to reading your comments.