Not quite ripe but already full of sugar (and Sicilian sunshine!) the yellow mandarin adds a fruity sweetness that cheers the taste buds.
Mandarin oils are extracted from the fruit of the Citrus nobilis tree. Depending on the ripeness of the fruit when it’s harvested, the oil will taste and smell different. When the peel is still green the fruit is low in sugar and therefore the oil has a rather green and citrusy scent. When the peel turns yellow, the oil gets much sweeter and, finally, when it's orange-red, it even takes on a floral note close to neroli.
Since 2005, Lush has sourced bergamot, lemon and mandarin essential oils directly from a family business that have been producing citrus oils for three generations.
Grown under the Sicilian sun without pesticides, the mandarins are collected by hand and pressed entirely with their peel. The resulting liquid then goes through a centrifugal process that separates the oil from the juice.