Why Are People Taking Showers with Oranges?


Ever heard of orange showers? It’s quite simple. Take a hot shower, and when it’s nice and steamy, peel and eat a cold orange. In fact, rub it all over yourself without a care in the world. The result is supposedly intoxicating and transcendental.

The origins of this theory are fuzzy. Some believe it started with a 2016 Reddit post in which someone asked the question: What’s something unconventional everyone should try out? A user by the name of PHOTON_BANDIT answered with this whole orange shower thing, which he says he learned from a counselor at an Italian youth camp back in 2005.

Tearing apart a cold fresh orange with your bare hands, just letting the juices run over your body. Not worrying if your going to get sticky, or anything. Just ripping it in half, and tearing into it with your teeth like a savage cannibal who hasnt eaten in a week!

It’s believed PHOTON_BANDIT (account since deleted) is 25-year-old Willis Young, who runs the sub-reddit r/ShowerOrange. He tells Tampa Bay Times why the orange shower is so amazing.

It’s the cacophony of sensory stimuli. You have a cold orange from the freezer, plus the hot water and team. It brings out the essential oil smell you get from oranges. It’s a nice carnal thing. You can tear into it and let the juices run all over.

The orange “movement” picked up steam (pun intended) this past February when John Krewson of Men’s Health wrote about its magical effects, saying “it’s the most completely healthy mind-body-soul activity a person can indulge.” He says not only is the aromatherapy an essential start to your morning, but destroying an orange in the shower taps into your natural wild side:

It’s the most primal part of your day, the best opportunity for letting the ancient preverbal part of you out to run around, before it’s time to knot it up behind a tie and send it out in public again. You will, inevitably and willingly, force your evolution to social animal.

People are still talking — and posting photos — about their experience.

One Redditor describes it as embarking on a journey comparable to climbing Mt. Everest with Gandhi.

Watch the guys from Good Mythical Morning test the theory at the 6:40 mark. (SFW)

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