Mandarin and Rosemary Infusion (Citrus nobilis and Rosmarinus officinalis)
Mandarins are found on evergreen trees, which may grow up to 6 metres tall, belonging to the Rutaceae plant family. It has green leaves, white flowers and orange fruits. Though native to China, this plant is now cultivated across Europe.
We buy our mandarins from Italy and Spain throughout the year. Mandarin gets its name from its traditional use as a gift to the Mandarins.
The oil is one of the more gentle oils and is called ‘the children’s remedy’ in France.
The mandarin juice shares its properties with the mandarin oil (Citrus reticulata) obtained from the fruit’s peel. It has been used for years to soothe the skin, freshen dull skin and to lighten the mood.
Rosemary is an evergreen shrub, and may grow up to six feet tall. It has green, needle-like leaves and purple flowering tops. It is native to the Mediterranean and belongs to the Labiatae family. Depending on the local climate, it may bloom all year.
Leaves and flowering tops are collected in spring and early summer. They are distilled for oil, or dried for infusions, decoctions, extracts, spirits, and tinctures. Rosemary is rich in volatile oils, flavonoids and phenolic acids, which are antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
Rosemary is used in cooking to flavour soups and stews. Powdered rosemary can be added to biscuits and preserves. Fresh sprigs can be steeped in vinegar, wine, or olive oil used to flavour dressings and sauces.
To make our mandarin and rosemary infusion, we add the fresh fruit and dried herb to boiled water. This infusion is then strained and added to our beautiful Coco Lotion for its calming, refreshing effect on the skin.