Common Name: Neroli
Scientific Name: Citrus aurantium var. amara
Origin: France, Italy, Tunisia, Morocco, Haiti, Guinea and Algeria
Synonyms: Orange Flower, Orange Blossom, Neroli Bigarade
Essential Oil Properties and Characteristics
Neroli essential oil is pale-yellow mobile oil which tends to become darker and more viscous with age. It has a powerful, light and refreshing floral top note with very little tenacity.
Origin and History
Bitter orange is an evergreen tree with long with long but not very sharp spines and very fragrant flowers. It is a native of southern China and India.
Neroli oil is produced from the flowers of several citrus species. The oil obtained from bitter orange is called neroli bigarade oil or orange flower oil, the oil sweet orange flowers is called neroli Portugal and the oil from lemon flowers is called neroli citronier.
Neroli oil is often difficult to obtain and is expensive, thus a number of synthetic substances which should be avoided in aromatherapy are available.
Neroli oil is one of the key essential oils in the classic Eau de Cologne, along with lavender, bergamot, lemon and rosemary oils. Orange blossom water has traditionally been used in Europe in cooking and in skin care preparations. It is especially soothing and anti-inflammatory and has a calming and uplifting effect similar to the essential oil.
Method of Extraction
Neroli essential oil is obtained from the freshly picked flowers of C. aurantium, subspecies amara by steam distillation.
Precautions During Use (Contraindications)
Neroli essential oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising
Neroli essential oil is rejuvenating for all skin types, especially dry, mature or problem skin. It has harmonizing, uplifting and revitalizing properties as well as a soothing effect on the emotions. Neroli essential oil is also well known for its aphrodisiac qualities. Neroli essential oil has a beautiful, delicate, floral scent
Neroli essential oil blends well with Neroli essential oil blends well with jasmine, rose otto, geranium, bergamot, lavender, lemon, grapefruit and lime.
Source: Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003, ISBN 0-6464-2896-9