Orange Oil: Good for your shoes, great for your state of mind March 26 2015


According to wikipedia, "aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering one's moodcognitive, psychological or physical wellbeing".  Several ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans understood and utilized the power of aromatherapy.  If you think it sounds a bit hokey at first, you're not alone--I felt the same way when I learned about it.  But try inhaling the fragrance of some peppermint essential oil on a morning when you're having difficulty waking up.  You'll bounce out of bed like you just drank a triple grande latte from Starbucks--it's true!  In the same vein, lavender has been known to help even the staunchest of insomniacs to drift off to a rejuvenating sleep.

So what's all of this have to do with shining shoes?  Well, we know that aromatherapy can have a powerful impact on our state of mind and our wellbeing.  We leveraged this power to formulate Petri Polish to offer its own brand of aromatherapy through the use of essential orange oil.  That fantastic fragrance that Petri Polish offers isn't just for show; in fact, it offers incredible mental benefits for hours after you've used it.

Orange essential oil lives in the rind of the fruit and is extracted through simple pressing.  If you've ever peeled an orange and noticed droplets of moisture fly from the peel and simultaneously noticed an intense orange fragrance then you know what we're talking about here.  Essential orange oil is an excellent solvent, and it's one of the main ingredients in Petri Polish due to its ability to clean and deliver nourishing ingredients to the leather without harming it.

On top of all of that, it's been known for centuries to offer incredible mood-uplifting and stabilizing properties.  It has been used with great success as an antidepressant, and lingering in the scent for a few moments can surely enhance your mood for the day.  It's also been used in aromatherapy for an aphrodisiac, a diuretic and an anti-inflammatory tool, among others.

Orange oil is truly an incredible essential oil; next time you're using Petri Polish, take a moment to enjoy the experience and recognize that you're nourishing more than just your shoes!