Grapefruit and Mangosteen is one of the most popular scents in the Rosy Rosie range of handmade soy wax candles but mangosteen is not common and I am often asked, “What is it?!” So here is my handy explanatory guide – and a link to my Grapefruit and Mangosteen Pinterest Board for further images!
Grapefruit – Well perhaps no explanation is necessary for Grapefuit! Most are fairly familiar with these subtropical citrus fruits – though you may not know that these are the only citrus fruits that didn’t come from the Old World like lemons and oranges – but are probably a natural hybrid between a pomelo and orange and first bred in Barbados in the 18th-century. The essential oils extracted from the peel lends a lovely zesty and fresh start to any scent.
Mangosteen – No, not a Mango but a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia.
The edible part is the white flesh inside which is segmented like a citrus fruit and with seeds that should be discarded.
It’s valued for its relatively mild but fruity, sweet but just-a-little-bit-tangy flavour and is supposed to have plenty of antioxidents.
It is generally eaten fresh, though increasingly in America you can buy it canned or frozen or even as a drink.
Grapefruit & Mangosteen – combined!
What’s lovely about the two in combination, is that you get the tangy, citrusy grapefruit with a hint of sweetness (some say like a hint of peach.) The sharp grapefruit hits first but then once the wax starts to melt the warmer and sweeter mangosteen starts to come through – so overall it is a lovely, fresh balance – universally popular as it works in every season!