Neroli oil is distilled from a plant oil similar in scent, in some respects, to bergamot produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium var. amara or Bigaradia) Neroli is made from the unopened flower buds
In aromatherapy it is excellent for any kind of stress or tension, over-excitement, anxiety, insomnia or fears, and it is excellent for improving dry or mature complexions.
It is one of the most widely used floral oils in perfumery. More than 12% of all modern quality perfumes use Neroli as their principal ingredient.
It is used in the flavouring industry but only in a limited sense.
BLENDS WELL WITH
Bergamot, Coriander, Geranium, Lavender, Lime, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang
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.