After posting a Mother's Day special of a lemongrass oil add-on to the lotion do-it-yourself kit, I was told by a beekeeper's wife that lemongrass oil is used to attract swarms of bees! That put me in a slight state of panic as I scrambled to find out more.
A question to the people over at GloryBee Foods, a beekeeping and skin care product supplier, assured me that for skin care products, lemongrass oil is safe. Here's the answer they gave:
We can’t say that the lemongrass absolutely won’t attract a bee swarm, but we can give our “expert opinion” that the likelihood is slim to none. Lemongrass is used in beekeeping swarm lure with other oils to recreate the smell of the queen’s pheromones. However, as you pointed out, Lemongrass is a very popular oil used in skincare items all the time- and without any such complaints. Hope that helps!
So go ahead and make your lotion with lemongrass, or do as the bees do and if you're making lotion for the Queen mama in your life this Mother's Day, choose a scent that complements mom's personality.