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The orange tree, and more particularly the sweet orange tree (Citrus sinensis) is a small fruit tree of the Rutaceae family (the family to which all citrus fruits belong). It is a 1 to 10 m tall tree whose virgin white flowers produce edible oranges.

The leaves and orange skin secrete a fragrant Essential Oil.

Initially recognized for its medicinal virtues, the orange was then considered for its contribution to perfumery. Finally its gustatory qualities were recognized.


The orange tree made its way into Palestine via Arab caravans, and from there it was imported into Europe in the 12th century by the Crusaders. Nowadays, it is cultivated in Argentina, Brazil and the Mediterranean countries.

"Citrus" comes from the Greek word for "lemon", and "sinensis" is a reference to its Chinese origin.

The orange has had many adventures, as offerings made to the Chinese emperor in the 7th century all the way to Marie de Medici's orange trees in pots, without forgetting Christopher Columbus' and Vasco de Gama's diplomatic missions and Louis XIV royal extravagances, who considered this immortal fruit as the sun... The quest for golden apples was one of the 12 works of Hercules. According to interpretations, they are actually oranges.


Sweet Orange Essential Oil is known for its purifying properties, due to its limonene-rich composition (60% - 80%).

It is used in the Youth Vitamin range for its energizing property by stimulating cellular mitochondria, which better transforms oxygen into energy.

A property revealed by an in vitro test conducted by the Kiotis Laboratory. 

In addition, it is regenerative using the energy produced by the mitochondria to develop the fundamental structures of new cells found in the Youth Vitamin range and the Soin Mains and Décolleté Specific Jeunesse.

The Kiotis laboratory has shown, through in vitro scientific tests, that Orange Essential Oil regenerates the skin by stimulating cell renewal.

It acts on the surface to make the skin smooth and more homogeneous, and deep down to prevent the signs of ageing.

Did you know?

The orange can be found in India, around the Mediterranean Sea and in the United States and South America since the 15th century. Its fruit, the orange, was a luxury food before becoming the best known and most consumed citrus fruit in the 20th century. The “orangeries” of Europe’s royal courts testify to the enthusiasm for citrus trees.

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