As kids, our grandmother, a trained nurse whose family originated from Mexico City, enlisted my sisters and I to gather citrus blossoms from her lime and lemon trees. In the early morning sunlight we'd eagerly scramble, baskets in hand to collect as many as possible, envisioning the aromatic poultices she'd create for local family and friends.
Citrus, a winter gift, goes far beyond being a mere source of Vitamin D and delightful juice – it's a source of true joy. The flowers, cold-pressed, yield Neroli essential oil, a truly aromatic essence that adds a touch of magic. The bark and twigs gift us Petitgrain essential oil, while the citrus fruit's skin is a vibrant source of essential oil.
The harvesting of citrus essential oil is done through steam distillation or cold press extraction. The difference between the two methods is night and day. Opting for cold-pressed oil is a clear choice for us, ensuring that when you open a bottle of Sweet orange, Meyer Lemon, or Blood Orange essential oil, the scent is nothing short of AMAZING.
Pure cold-pressed oil isn't just a source of maximum citrus benefits; it's a burst of joy. This method, free from solvents or heat, preserves the delicate aromatic compounds, allowing the essence to uplift and bring joy.
Citrus oils bring a natural array of benefits to the skin. The uplifting and refreshing aroma they emanate can positively influence mood and energy levels. Varieties such as orange, lemon, and grapefruit are packed with antioxidants, including vitamin C, which plays a crucial role in collagen synthesis—essential for maintaining skin firmness and elasticity.
Antioxidants in citrus oils act as a shield, protecting the skin from free radicals that contribute to premature aging and damage. The natural acids, like citric acid, gently exfoliate the skin, promoting a brighter complexion and a more even skin tone. With antibacterial properties, citrus oils address issues caused by acne-causing bacteria, proving beneficial for individuals with acne-prone or oily skin.
Functioning as natural astringents, citrus oils tighten and tone the skin. This quality is particularly useful for those with oily skin, assisting in the reduction of excess oil production. The invigorating and refreshing aroma of citrus oils, not only influences mood but can also contribute to a revitalizing skincare routine when infused into skincare products.
Additionally, certain citrus oils, such as lemon oil, are believed to possess skin-brightening properties, potentially aiding in the gradual reduction of dark spots over time. The many benefits of citrus oils make them a valuable addition to skincare, while also contributing to a sensory euphoria. Formulating our soaps and skincare with cold-pressed citrus essential oils is our way of sharing the magic. Picture the moment you first open the tin or box, inhaling the bright and fresh essence of Sweet Orange, Eureka Lemon, or Meyer Lemon – it's pure bliss. Personally, for us, Citrus is a must-have oil that uplifts, clarifies, and brings unbridled joy. We love it, and we're confident you will too!