Neroli is usually purchased as a rather expensive essential oil. This absolute is extracted from the unopened flower bud of the Orange Blossom exclusively using a solvent and as such none of the delicate and tiny quantities of perfume contained within the bud is detroyed by the heat process used in extracting the essential oil. The resultant absolute is rich, luxurious, thicker and much more lingering than the essential oil.
Considered an essential constituent in around 38% of perfumes today, this is a must for any perfume house to own and include in its floral range
Blends well with neroli blends well most citrus and with Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Coriander, Cedar and Lavender.
Neroli oil was discovered in the late 1600s and it was said to be named after Anne-Marie, Princess of Neroli, in Italy. The Roman god Jupiter gave an orange to his sister Juno when he married her, and brides have carried the blossom to calm nerves ever since. By the end of the 17th century, Anne Marie Orsini, duchess of Bracciano and princess of Nerola, introduced the essence of bitter orange tree as a fashionable fragrance by using it to perfume her gloves and her bathwater. Since then, the name of Neroli has been used to describe this essence.