Fresh and tangy
Green mandarin oil has a sharp and tangy fragrance that refreshes and wakes up the senses. Like all citrus fruits, mandarin has a brightening and astringent effect on the skin and adds shine to the hair, by encouraging the cuticle to lie flat and reflect more light.
Green mandarin oil is extracted from the unripe, green fruits of the Citrus nobilis tree, just before they mature enough to resemble the well-known orange mandarin. Because the oil is obtained before the fruit gets all its sugar, its scent is less sweet than the oil made with fully ripe mandarins and has more floral notes, reminiscent of the scent of neroli oil.
The bergamot, lemon and mandarin essential oils found in Lush products are sourced from Reggio di Calabria in southern Italy, and we have been buying directly from the producer since 2005. The fruits are hand-picked and grown without pesticides. Collecting them before they ripen may seem like a waste, but this is not the case because the mandarins chosen are misshapen or damaged, which means they would not have been consumed anyway and that on the contrary, waste is avoided. It is also thought that their removal reduces the strain on the tree and instead allows it to focus all of its energy of the fruits that grow well.