The orange tree (Citrus dulcis) is a flowering tree with glossy, evergreen leaves and thorny branches. Its beautiful white flowers are fragrant and its fruits are juicy, orange berries called hesperidium. The orange tree is thought to be native to China and the Far East.
The bright colour of the fruits made them very popular, favoured especially by royalty. They are thought to be the fabled ‘golden apples’ grown in the garden of Hesperides in Greek mythology. They have since featured in many cultural traditions to symbolise fertility, prosperity and good luck.
Though the Arab traders brought bitter oranges to Europe, the Portuguese introduced the sweet orange in the 15th century. This became the favoured choice, as it was far more palatable. Columbus brought introduced the orange to the western hemisphere along with other citrus fruits.
Today, the main producers of sweet orange are Brazil, United States, Spain and Italy. Most of the oranges grown in United States come from Florida and California.
The peel and its white pith contain an important flavonoid called hesperedin, which is being studied by scientists for its antioxidant and antifungal properties.
The peel is a source of sweet orange essential oil and isolates used in perfumery (limonene, citral, etc). Aromatherapists use orange oil to uplift mood and recommend as a cheerful scent for dark winter days.
Sexy Peel soap was inspired by delicious marmalade, and we’ve added several types of citrus peel and juice to it – one of the most refreshing ways to start your day. The orange and other peels are gently exfoliating on the skin and add an interesting texture to the soap as you use it.