Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract



Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract at a glance

  • Fruit extract that is a citrus relative, commonly known as “hardy orange”
  • Offers anti-aging and skin-soothing benefits thanks to its antioxidant content
  • Also contains fragrant compounds, although the risk for irritancy is minimized in extract form
  • Alternative names include Citrus trifoliata and Trifoliate Orange

Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract description

_Poncirus trifoliata_ fruit extract (commonly known as “hardy orange”) is a relative of the citrus family. This extract boasts a diverse array of phytochemicals, including antioxidants like hesperidin, which offer anti-aging and skin-soothing benefits. On the flip side, _Poncirus trifoliata_ also contains fragrant compounds such as limonene, which can have potential skin-irritating effects and be pro-oxidant when exposed to air. However, in its extract form, the potency/risk is reduced, making it generally safe for most skin types. In fact, studies have highlighted the calming effects of Poncirus trifoliata on the skin, and the Personal Care Products Council classifies it as a skin-conditioning ingredient. Suppliers of _Poncirus trifoliata_ fruit extract recommend varying usage levels from 1-4%. This ingredient also goes by the name Citrus trifoliata and Trifoliate Orange. Fun fact: The fruit of _Poncirus trifoliata_ is edible with a lemon-like flavor. Its zest is often included in recipes rather than the whole fruit due to its acidity.

Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract references

  • Missouribotanicalgarden.org, Accessed July 2023, ePublication
  • Personal Care Products Council, Accessed July 2023, ePublication
  • International Journal of Medical Sciences, August 2019, pages 1,116-1,122
  • Phytotherapy Research, January 2018, pages 616-624
  • Inflammation, July 2013, pages 1,525-1,532

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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