Sweet orange oil has a cheerful, acidulous scent that immediately lifts the spirits and gives a delicious flavour to products designed for use on the lips. On the skin, this oil is known to be antimicrobial, toning and astringent, leaving the skin looking plumped and refreshed.
Sweet orange trees have glossy, evergreen leaves and thorny branches. They grow fragrant flowers that, once pollinated, turn into a juicy, orange-coloured fruit. Like all citrus fruits, the outer, leathery rind of oranges is filled with essential oil glands.
The main constituent of sweet orange oil is limonene, a zesty aromatic compound. Citrus scents are often considered uplifting and refreshing, but the sweetness of oranges tends to be so cheerful that it actually promotes rest. You feel good, therefore you relax.
Lush purchase this essential oil from a distiller in Italy. They collect fruits from smallholding farmers who grow them organically. The fields appear almost wild, with grass growing between the trees, plant ‘companions’ blossoming around to deter pests (such as marigolds or petunias), and with other tree species protecting the orchard from the wind.