I’m quite partial to Tangerine.
Its effervescence, its tart bent, and its sometimes green feel. The Sicilian kind if what I often reach for when snacking mid-summer, trying to squint my eyes shut for fear of the wayward squirt. The subject of today's essential oil is the flirtatious zing of Tangerine found in a body oil. A 99.8% organic, lightweight, readily packaged for travel body oil. And, why do these matter? Because Mayron’s Goods Tangerine Massage & Body Oil ($14) was actually created for cranky babies in need of giving their newly stretched vocal chords some rest. Tangerine is almost same as Mandarin (with the exception that it is more orange in colour) without pips and harvested in a different time of the year than mandarins. Babies will love the essential oil since it's appreciated for its ability to soothe all types of inflammations and hyperactivity in nervous system. It sedates anger and impulsive responses and is even reputed to ease constipation and treats diarrhea, flatulence, rashes, dryness and cracking of skin, and hair issues. In others, Tangerine may very well be a baby’s best friend.
Mayron's Goods isn’t an actualization of some kitchen experimentation that is marketed, but rather is created from solid science to back up the needs of a mother of two. Praised by critics & loved by Moms, the brand is the brainchild of an Emmy winning actress (Melanie Mayron) and her chemist father, who happened to be the former Assistant Director of Pharmaceuticals and Manager of International Pharmaceutical Services at Smith, Kline & French Laboratories (David Mayron). Twelve years ago, Melanie realized very few organic lines existed, let alone any one that created a safe enough diaper cream. No parabens. No sodium lauryl sulfate. No DEA. Just natural, clean brilliant stuff, loaded with essential oils, vitamins, antioxidants and healing ingredients in the aromatherapeutic tradition. And, so was born this out-of-Los Angeles company that brings us baby beauty wares. Mayron’s Tangerine oil l is one spunky oil with a pleasant citrus scent. Now, you know I'd argue while the treatment is safe enough for the little newbies, I’d still say huile aficionados should feel free to reach for the oil, too. It’s abundantly citrus shadowed by delicate Lavender and Calendula. Chamomile helps to imbue the calm quotient, while Rosemary adds a certain rustic herbal depth to the scent. The elusive freshness of the scent does lift the oil of out of the ordinary, but will feel like a second skin with the Sunflower, Jojoba and Aloe Vera oils that deliver the deep moisture. For those who don’t know, the vitamin E rich Aloe Vera oil is made by extracting oil-soluble portions of the Aloe Vera plant and macerating into a light vegetable oil, such as Sunflower.
The oil works even better when paired with the inert Chapstuff ($14), an ingeniously cool balm made from Shea & Cocoa Butters, Beeswax, Soybean, Orange, & Tangerine Oils, Chamomile, Calendula Extracts, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. It’s a more like a dense salve more than a spreadable balm, which is packed tight in a portable push-up thing-y. What’s really fun is to use the balm over super dry patches on hands & feet at night and drizzle the similarly scented oil (the Chapstuff smells faintly like a chocolate/orange confection thanks to the Cocoa Butter) over and cover with socks. Skin is baby butt smooth the morning after. This deliciously scented salve soothes dry skin, sore lips, cracked cuticles and even sets stray brow hairs in place. I know. I tried.
The Tangerine oils pulls no aggressive punches, which might have been likely considering the allusive tangles of herbs. But, no – it comes across sheer & sparkly with an undeniable charm meant to cootchy cootchy the skin of young & old.