Neroli Neroli Neroli

citrus blossom that makes neroli oil

citrus blossom that makes neroli oil

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-de-La-Tremoille_Dss-Bracciano via

Anne Marie de La Tremoille Duchess of Bracciano via

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.

orange blossom

orange blossom

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.

the bitter orange tree

the bitter orange tree

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 –


Neroli 3%     21 drops


“Feminine Power”

Neroli 3%     9 drops

Cardamon    1 drop

Rosewood    3 drops



Neroli 3%      9 drops

Fennel           1 drop

Patchouli       1 drop

Orange          2 drops


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


copyright suzannerbanks 2013

4 thoughts on “Neroli Neroli Neroli

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE neroli!!!!! (did I mention I love neroli? :D!!). It is one of the essentials oils (along with orange blossom) that I probably use the most in my perfume blends…but I like this idea of using it on the face….will give that a try!

  2. How exactly do you make make a 3% dilution of neroli? I have the pure stuff but want to stretch it out as long as possible. Thanks!

    • Hi Emily it would be 6 drops of pure in a 10ml bottle of jojoba oil. However I’d keep the pure neroli and just buy a bottle of Neroli 3% (already diluted) which you should be able to find easily. Good luck

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