Latin name: Citrus aurantium
Source country: Tunisia, China
Appearance: Pale yellow thin liquid
Aroma: Exotic, sweet, floral, slightly fruity, top note.
Derivation: This is derived from the white flowers of the bitter orange tree. It is
extracted by water or steam distillation of the petals. The yield is extremely small (0.1%)
hence the very high price for the oil.
Chemicals: The main constituents are phenylacetic acid, nerol, geraniol, nerolidol,
neryl acetate, jasmone, camphene, linalool, and indoles. The indoles have a sulphurous
aroma but are in extremely small quantities and give neroli a balancing aroma to the top
Uses: It is widely used in perfumery because of its exotic aroma and its top note qualities.
It is used less so in cosmetics because of its high expense. It is extremely relaxing and can
help relieve anxiety. It is a sedative oil and is reputed to help with depression. As with
other exotic oils it is excellent for the skin helping with stretch marks, and helping with
scar tissue and broken capillaries.
Note: As with all pure essential oils, dilute appropriately with a suitable carrier oil
before using on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally. Due to the high expense of neroli we produce a 5% dilution at a more affordable price.