To beat the winter blues, we’ll all be looking for ways to uplift and re-energize our spirits. This winter, Sunkist has partnered with the experts at the Stillwater Spa Toronto to develop a series of citrus spa treatments and food recipes featuring fresh California-grown Sunkist citrus that do just this. From their soothing essential oils and vibrant colours to their refreshing tastes and invigorating scents, citrus offers a full sensory experience that can uplift even the dreariest of days.
Here is a do-it-yourself citrus spa treatment, courtesy of Stillwater, featuring Sunkist oranges. Orange oil contains a key soothing ingredient, linalool, which helps relieve tension and stress, and creates a peaceful calm atmosphere.
1. Choose the sugar you think best suits your skin type. Raw sugar is best for all skin types but especially for more sensitive skin. If your skin is very dry and can handle a more aggressive scrub you can substitute demerara sugar.
2. Simply mix 1 cup of sugar, ¼ cup of organic honey and ¼ cup of fresh squeezed Navel orange juice. You’ll notice that that the orange juice will melt a bit of the sugar. That’s perfectly normal and you will still have plenty of scrub to exfoliate with.
3. To complete your at-home body exfoliation,use a dry brush or loofah. Stand in the shower and exfoliate with the dry brush or loofah before turning the water on. Once you’ve completed this, start running the shower. You’ll want it to be as warm as you can handle to help open your pores. Stand away from the water and scrub your body with the mixture. Rub each area that you would like to exfoliate for approximately 30 seconds in a circular motion. Once complete, rinse it off in the shower. Be sure to stand in the shower for a few extra minutes. Any remains of the mixture will simply wash away.
4. Step out of the shower. Dry yourself completely and moisture with a heavy cream. Your skin will be left feeling silky smooth.
**A series of citrus-inspired spa treatments will be available at Stillwater Spa Toronto from January 20 to February 28, 2015.
Try this recipe courtesy of Executive Chef Joan Monfaredi, Park Hyatt Toronto Yorkville. Lemons are a natural source of potassium, which helps keep your heart and kidneys healthy, so you can feel good about eating this delicious Sunkist Lemon Tart. This simple and luscious tart is beautiful to serve on its own or topped with a dollop of whipped crème fraiche.
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. In a mixer whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest. Then add the cream and continue to mix until well combined. Pour into par-baked tart shell. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until firm when jiggled. Chill before serving.
Chef’s Notes: Use your favourite recipe for tart shell crust and pre-bake before filling and baking. You can also use a purchased pie crust, just press out into the tart pan, prick with a fork and pre-bake in a 350 F oven for about 18 minutes.