14 Apr 2019

Orange oil is extracted from orange peels. It is quite rich in VItamin C and can be used for all your formulations. The scent alone makes it a beautiful addition to any formulation. Can you imagine using a products and the scents of orange blossoms float around you? Awesome, right?  It can be applied directly onto the skin or mixed with your favourite moisturizer or toner.

It can be used to treat acne or make the skin luminous. It is usually advisable to apply at night or use sunscreen during the day because the oil is sensitive to sun rays, hence it can cause sun burns if applied during the day. It can also be used as an alternative to Vitamin C serum.

Here's a video tutorial on how to make orange oil and how to use it. Enjoy!.

This is another recipe but the method pf preparation is different from the one displayed on the video, Both are immersed in liquids- the video shows how to make orange oil using a carrier oil while this recipe calls for vodka or alcohol. The aroma from this one is stronger to and I prefer it.

Orange peels
Alcohol or vodka
Knife or food processor 
Two jars with covers
Paper towels or cheese cloth

1. Peel the orange peel on a tray  and let them air dry until the peels are rock hard or they can break easily. 
2. Cut them into smaller pieces and place them inside a jar.  
3.Pour the vodka or alcohol into the jar.  Make sure the pieces are completely covered. 
4.  Cover the jar and shake to release the oil several times a day for several days. The longer you let the peels soak, the more oil that will be extracted .
5.Filter using the sieve or strainer. 
6. Place a paper towel or cheese cloth on top of the jar. Let the liquid sit until the alcohol has evaporated, leaving only the essential oil. You can mix spices such as sandalwood to get other added benefits.

You know what I love about this oil? The aroma..It can take your formulations from zero to hero.Please use in your black soap for that unique orangey flavour. Untilmy next post remain beautiful.