These days we hear about a trendy ingredient so frequently that we forget to focus on its purpose. That’s why we decided to focus on neroli oil. Neroli oil is an essential oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. Sister to the sweeter-smelling orange blossom, neroli oil possesses aromatherapy and hydrating benefits, which are often used in skincare products, cosmetics, and fragrances.
Without stripping skin of its natural oils, neroli oil serves an excellent toner and a great monitor of sebum balance. Additionally, it possesses significant antibacterial properties and may be used as an antiseptic to treat mild cuts and abrasions. Due to its regenerating and stimulating properties, neroli oil also helps prevent scarring. Like most citrus, both neroli and orange blossom oils cause photo-sensitivity, so sunscreen is advised when applying.
The different aromas of neroli and orange blossom result from their individual means of fragrance extraction. Neroli is extracted by steam distillation, while orange blossom is drawn through enfleurage (a process which uses odorless fats to capture plant fragrances). Aromatic indications include the treatment of depression, indigestion, and to improve and increase libido.