Neroli Neroli Neroli


Post by Suzanne R Banks


Neroli Neroli Neroli

Neroli, neroli, neroli. I love it, I love it, I love it.

The oil is produced from the blossom of Citrus aurantia ssp amara or bigarade. It is a powerful, beautifully enchanting blossom fragrance with a little spice and bitter-sweet citrus.

It is an oil that is precious and expensive to make and therefore is mostly sold in a 3% blend. (see my article “Essential Oils 3% in Jojoba – What are they, and Why?” for more information on 3% blends).

Anne Marie Tremoille Bracciano WikiCommonsPhoto stolen WikiCommons

In the world of essential oils and plant-based medicine it is a relative newcomer. While some herbs and oils have been used for thousands of years (lavender, myrrh, frankincense, cypress for example), this scent was made popular in Italy in the 1700′s. The story goes that “by the end of the 17th century, Anne Marie Orsini, duchess of Bracciano and princess of Nerola, Italy, introduced the essence of bitter orange tree as a fashionable fragrance by using it to perfume her gloves and her bath. Since then, the term “neroli” has been used to describe this essence.”

The principality of Nerola is close to Rome where the Princess really worked the diplomacy angle in the Italian capital, securing her future in the courts of France, Spain and Rome. The essence was used particularly in Venice to ward off water born viruses and nasties. She later changed her name and title (when the duke of Bracciano died) to Marie Anne de La Trémoille, princesse des Ursins. Apparently the title was created by herself and had no real credit, but her influence in politics remained until her death.

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Thank goodness she was a scented visionary and left us with a love of this beautiful flower and perfume.

In aromatherapy neroli is therapeutically used for –

* relieving tension and anxiety, depression and melancholy

* sleeplessness

* improving the look and feel of facial skin by reducing the look of small capillaries

* some claims say it can be beneficial in treating muscle spasms and is also used in heart patients – massaged over the heart

Neroli is best used therapeutically as a sedating agent and for a treatment against anxiety and depression. Perhaps the small white flower allows one to open to the simple beauty of life.

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Try these recipes:

1. Facial Oil

Use Neroli 3% straight from the bottle as a moisturiser or an overnight treatment. The scent will be heavenly and will soothe and calm your skin.

2. Pure Pulse Point Perfume

Once again use this oil straight from the bottle as a perfume. I always get comments when I wear Neroli as it appeals to men and women.

3. Nourishing Body Oil

Add these oils to 3 teaspoons of carrier oil for an all-over body moisturiser –

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Neroli 3% 21 drops

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“Feminine Power”

Neroli 3% 9 drops

Cardamon 1 drop

Rosewood 3 drops

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Neroli 3% 9 drops

Fennel 1 drop

Patchouli 1 drop

Orange 2 drops

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Remember to use your intention when making a blend or using an essential oils as a perfume. You will be creating your life!

Suzanne R Banks

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27 comments on “Neroli Neroli Neroli

  1. Jackieb says:

    Thank you Suzanne for this article, I have been loving skin care oils in our winter weather. I am keen to try neroli in my facial blend including baobab and prickly pear oils. Are there any other essential oils you might add to the recipe?

    • Gosh Jackie I haven’t used those oils you mention. I think keep it simple when it comes to skincare – especially facial care. If you are using neroli, I recommend using it on its own – same for rose which is also a great face oil. Allow the messages from the oil to be clear and your skin will benefit x

  2. Julie zamborini says:

    Great info! I will look for Neroli essential oil!
    My favorite fragrance with Neroli is
    Diptique Eau de Neroli. Sparkling fresh,
    nice all year, sweet and sexy on a man or woman.

    • Hey Julie you definitely seem to know your scents. I highly recommend you find some oil because I’m sure you’ll be blown away by it’s power. Let me know how you go x

  3. cookie queen says:

    You really do write the most informative and interesting pieces. Brilliant. Thanks. 🙂

  4. Azar says:

    Thank you for this great information and for the formulas too. A couple of my favorite perfumes that include neroli are Annick Goutal’s Neroli and L’Occitane Notre Flore Neroli. I also use the oil at 3% to de-stress and it really works!

  5. lucasai says:

    I love, I love, I love, neroli, neroli, neroli!
    I gotta try Parfums de Nicolai Eau sOleil. Too bad I can’t get samples anywhere close to me.

  6. poodle says:

    I like neroli but have never used it as an essential oil. Your recipes make me want to give it a try.

  7. As always Suzanne, informative and interesting. I had no idea of the Princess of Nerola. I have some Neroli 3% here that I sometimes drop in the bath before I get in, so energising and relaxing at the same time.
    Portia x

  8. Katrina says:

    I love Neroli & often use it in my oil burner. I will try it on my face as you have suggested.

  9. patriciaC says:

    Relieving tension and anxiety, depression and melancholy-yes please! Wonderfully informative article. Now i have another mission, but were to get the oil?

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