Refreshing and toning
Sweet orange oil has a cheerful, sweet scent that immediately lifts the spirits. Alongside the oil's antimicrobial and toning qualities, its fragrance also complements other sweetly-perfumed ingredients, giving a refreshing scent, and also a delicious flavour in products designed to be used on the lips.
The sweet orange is a flowering tree with glossy, evergreen leaves and thorny branches, and it is thought to be native to China and the Far East. The juicy, orange-coloured fruits which grow are a type of berry called hesperidium, from which a citrusy oil can be extracted via cold-pressing the peel.
The main constituents of the oil are limonene and pinene. It is used in aromatherapy to combat depression and to help boost the immune system. It is recommended generally to uplift the mood and has a cheerful fragrance during the darker winter months.
Lush buys sweet orange oils produced in Brazil and India.