Orange peel powder – DIY, Skin & Hair Benefits

Wondering what to do with the leftover orange peels? I’m here to help! Hey, what’s up, buddies? Hope you’re doing great! And yes, today we’re gonna add a new step to our beauty regime for a bright glowing skin by using the orange peel powder. Wait wait… Not only that we’re going to use it on our hair too, to get a long lustrous hair. Are you excited? Also, I’ve answered the FAQs at the bottom so keep reading! (Note: I’ve used the term orange powder instead of orange peel powder in this post in most of the places. Just wanted to make you clear that both are same) Okay now before looking into them let’s see how to make pure orange peel powder at our home?

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How to choose the oranges for our DIY orange peel powder?

Make sure you’re taking quality oranges because you’re going to apply it on your skin and hair. If the peels of the oranges don’t look good or if the oranges got spoiled by any chance don’t use them to make our orange powder instead just compost them. Also, make sure to use your hands to remove the peels from the oranges so that by any chance you won’t remove the pith (the white part between the skin and fruit) of the orange. This is because the orange skin or peel has more nutrients than the fruit itself.

Read: Composting at home | How to make compost?

DIY Pure Orange Peel Powder recipe:

  • Once choosing the good orange peels wash the orange peels thoroughly with water after eating your oranges!!! This is done in order to remove the pesticides on the orange peels. You can also wash the oranges before removing the peels from it using any of the mentioned methods here to get rid of the pesticides completely.
  • Dry them under the sunlight. It usually takes 3 to 5 days to get a crisp texture. If it’s easy to break the peels then you’ll get to know that your orange peels are ready for the next step.
  • Once it is completely dried, grind them in the blender to a fine powder.
  • Store this powder in an airtight container.

Your orange peel powder is ready! You only get a tint of the orange colour in most of the times so don’t worry about the colour. But the smell will be great!!! You’ll get a nice orange fragrance. By any chance, if your orange peels are too bright you may get a good bright colour.

Read: 8 ways to remove the pesticides from fruits and vegetables

Let’s make an impact!

The diverse uses of the orange peel powder aid us to reduce a huge amount of trash by getting rid of the commercial products. Here we’re not only avoiding the plastics used for packaging those market products but also the harsh chemicals used in them. Let’s save us and the sea animals by following these natural remedies.

Okay now let’s get into the benefits of the orange peel powder for the skin and the hair.

Read: Zero waste skincare routine for healthy glowing skin

Benefits of orange powder to the skin:

Oranges are rich in vitamin C, calcium thiamine, folate and potassium which gives us beautiful bright skin. Do you know the orange peels have more vitamin C content than the fruit itself? Vitamin C is vital for your skin health and it may also help you to protect your skin from harsh Ultraviolet rays. The calcium in them helps to regenerate your skin by renewing your skin cells. Let’s look into them in detail to know more benefits of orange powder to our skin and hair.

Improves complexion:

Yes, it whitens your skin naturally. As I said before due to the high presence of Vitamin C in the orange peels, it improves your overall complexion. And that’s why people who are trying to get a fair complexion eat a lot of oranges and its juice.

Orange powder pack for skin whitening:

Here I’ve included 2 types of orange peel powder face packs for skin whitening. One with honey & lemon juice and another one with rose powder. Choose the one which works for you.

Orange powder pack with honey:


  • Orange peel powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Honey – 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon Juice – Few drops


  • Mix the orange peel powder and honey and few drops of lemon juice.
  • Make it a paste and apply it on your skin and leave it for 20 minutes.
  • Wash your skin with the normal water.

Orange powder with rose powder:

  • Mix equal quantities of rose petal powder and orange peel powder.
  • Dilute this mixture in water and apply it on your face for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Get rid of the pack completely with cold water and pat dry your skin.

This pack helps to brighten your skin since both the roses and oranges are rich in Vitamin C (which is vital for collagen production and thus improves elasticity and makes your skin look young and fresh).

Try to use any of these face packs daily or thrice a week for best results. However, do a patch test before going for any remedy.

Read: Rose petal powder – DIY, Benefits for skin and hair

Get rid of Suntan:

As it whitens the skin it also helps to remove the suntan. Here’s the Orange peel powder pack to remove the suntan.


  • Orange peel powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Rice powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Milk – As required


  • Mix the orange peel powder, rice powder and turmeric.
  • Make it a paste by adding the milk to it with no lumps.
  • Apply this mixture on your skin in the circular motion and leave it for 20 minutes
  • Wash your skin with the cold or room temperature water.

Do this on a daily basis to see the effective results.

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Removes black and whiteheads:

Use the following orange powder mask to get rid of the black and whiteheads. Before applying this mask, wash your face with warm water to open up the pores, So, this mask can treat your black and whiteheads by penetrating into the skin.


  • Orange peel powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Multani Mitti or Fuller’s earth – 1 teaspoon
  • Rosewater – As required


  • Mix both the orange powder and Multani mitti
  • Make it a paste by adding the rose water to it with no lumps.
  • Apply this on the affected areas of your skin and leave it for 30 minutes.
  • Wash your face with the cold or room temperature water.

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Get rid of the acne scars:

The orange peel powder not only helps to remove the acne scars but also fades blemishes and dark spots.


  • Orange peel powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Olive oil – As required


  • Take orange peel powder and add the olive oil to it to make it a paste.
  • Apply this on the acne scars and leave it for 15 minutes.
  • Wash your face with the room temperature water.

By using these face packs you’re not only discarding acne scars or lightening your skin but also gives the following results!

Prevents ageing and wrinkles:

The antioxidant property in the oranges slow down the ageing process by helping your body to produce collagen and elastin and thus preventing you from wrinkles and free radicals causing damage to your skin. This makes your skin young and supple when the orange powder used on a regular basis.

Natural exfoliator:

It naturally exfoliates the skin due to the high content of citric acid in them. The orange peel powder also removes the dirt and toxins from the skin.

Acts as a moisturiser:

The orange powder moisturises the skin because of the potassium in it. This is vital to keep our skin healthy.
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Uses of Orange powder to the hair:

Orange peel powder not only gives you healthy skin but also maintains the health of your hair. It helps to get rid of dandruff, gives shine and healthier look to your hair.

Orange powder with homemade shampoo:


  • Mix the orange powder to your homemade shampoo in the ratio of 1:3
  • And scrub your scalp and hair as usual with this mixture

It gives a nice fragrance to your hair while removing the dirt from the hair.

Orange powder with hair oil:


  • Add a 1/2 teaspoon of orange peel powder to your regular hair oil and boil it for 1 minute.
  • After it gets warm, apply it from scalp to the roots of the hair.

This will make your hair shiny and gives a little bounce to it.

Read: Zero waste hair care routine – Minimalism

Orange powder with curd:


  • Take 2 to 3 tablespoons of orange peel powder and add the required amount of curd to make it a paste.
  • Apply this paste on your scalp to get rid of dandruff. Keep this mixture for 30 minutes and wash it with your homemade shampoo.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Orange Peel Powder:

Can we use orange powder on a daily basis?

Yes, you can use it on a daily basis for the oily skin but use it only twice or thrice a week for normal and dry skin types.

What did you use to grind the orange peels?

Just the blender.


Does grinding the orange peels leave my blender dirty?

No, it doesn’t. Dry the orange peels completely so that the final powder comes in the texture of powder scrub. And so you won’t be left with any residues on your blender. After the process, just clean the blender with the all-purpose cleaner – bio enzyme.

Can we use mortal to grind the orange peels?

No, because you won’t get that powder texture to add it in your masks. But if you can able to get to that texture go for it! But remember it’s a time-consuming process.

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Can we use the orange peels which turned brown?

No, you shouldn’t. The skin discolouration is a sign that the orange skin has been attacked by citrus rust mites which are invisible to the naked eye. So, avoid using them and try to grind the orange peels within a few days of buying the oranges to avoid the discolouration.

Can we use the orange peels for the teeth whitening?

The answer is no. The acidic nature of the oranges may cause damage to the teeth enamel. So, never use the orange peels to whiten your teeth.

How do you preserve the orange powder?

Simply storing the orange peel powder in the airtight container will come for months.

So, storing them in the airtight container and placing them in a cool place away from the sunlight makes it come for 2 to 3 years. But the fact is it doesn’t come that long because you’ll finish them within months by seeing the stunning results on your skin and hair!!!

How do you use the orange powder as a bodypack?

Just mix the orange peel powder with the gram flour and turmeric and use this mixture to clean your body instead of using the soap.

How do you reuse your orange peels for your beauty regime? Share your ideas in the comments!

Check out my DIY Orange peels Zero Waste Bath Powder. 

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