10 Recipes with Neroli Essential Oil – Citrus aurantium ssp amara/Bigaradia

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10 Recipes with Neroli Essential Oil – Citrus aurantium

citrus blossom that makes neroli oil

The citrus blossom that makes neroli oil

Pretty flower. Very pretty scent.

Neroli essential oil is made from the blossom of a couple of citrus trees which do produce bitter fruit, sometimes used for marmalade – but the main focus is to harvest the blossoms for perfume. Thank you tree, your perfume is beautiful!

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.

Anne-Marie-de-La-Tremoille_Dss-Bracciano via wikipedia.com

Anne-Marie-de-La-Tremoille_Dss-Bracciano via wikipedia.com

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).

Let’s check out some recipes with Neroli 3%:

1. Facial Oil Treatment

Mix one or two drops of essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier oil. You can warm the oil slightly first if desired – it will be very relaxing! Massage your face and rest for 10 minutes. You can also place a cool or warm wet face cloth on your face as a compress over the oil mask. Remove excess oil with a tissue or cloth.

Neroli 3%    4 drops


The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in

The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in

2. Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!


Perfect to calm the nerves and smell wonderful too –

Neroli 3%      5 drops

Ylang Ylang   1 drop

“Summer Nights”

Get into your happy summer place –

Neroli 3%       3 drops

Lemongrass   1 drop

Lavender        1 drop

Anoint yourself with pure essential oil blends

Anoint yourself with pure essential oil blends


Neroli 3% straight from the bottle on your wrists and heart

“Quietly Powerful”

When you need a little oomph –

Neroli                         3 drops

Cedarwood Virginian  1 drop

Nutmeg                      1 drop


nourish your skin with oil blends

nourish your skin with oil blends

3. Nourishing Body Oil Blend

For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil. It’s always best to patch test first, before you apply all over.

***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.

For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”

“Sweetness and Light”

Neroli 3%        8 drops

Lemon            2 drops

Frankincense  2 drops

“Youthful Glow”

Neroli 3%            6 drops

White Grapefruit  4 drops

Rose Geranium   1 drop

And if you have Neroli pure essential oil then you can use it in a vapouriser or in a mist bottle. The 3% blend is only good for mixing with oil or in a cream for your face and body, or using direct from the bottle as a perfume. Here are some recipes with pure Neroli oil:

Any bottle with an atomiser top will do!

Any bottle with an atomiser top will do!

4. Personal Aura Cleansing Mist & Room Mist

In a 50ml mist bottle filled with water add 25 drops of oil

(depending on the packaging you have, you may need to use a little alcohol -like vodka- at the bottom of your bottle first, so the oils disperse into smaller drops to prevent clogging the atomiser top. I’ve found sometimes it works just with water, and sometimes it doesn’t – very annoying!)


Neroli           8 drops

Palmarosa    8 drops

Bergamot     9 drops


Neroli              10 drops

Sandalwood      6 drops

Juniper              6 drops

Cinnamon         3 drops

“I Am”

Neroli         8 drops

Orange      6 drops

Patchouli   4 drops

Cypress     6 drops

Spikenard   1 drop

Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention

copryright SR Banks 2014





4 thoughts on “10 Recipes with Neroli Essential Oil – Citrus aurantium ssp amara/Bigaradia

  1. Great recipes… would the number of drops change if you were using neroli pure essential oil in the above recipes… I typically stick with 6 drops of essential oil per 1 oz of carrier

  2. Hello,
    If I use undiluted Neroli how many drops will I need? I am guessing these quantities are for 50ml: What is the difference between white grapefruit and normal grapefuit essential oil. Is it more delicate, stronger ?

    Neroli ? drops

    White Grapefruit 4 drops

    Rose Geranium 1 drop

    Thank you

    • Hi Charlotte this particular recipe is for a body oil, for one coat of your body ie diluted in 3 teaspoons of oil. I use 7 or 8 drops in these recipes.


      “Youthful Glow”

      Neroli 3% 6 drops

      White Grapefruit 4 drops

      Rose Geranium 1 drop


      “Youthful Glow”

      Neroli (100% pure) 3 drops

      White Grapefruit 4 drops

      Rose Geranium 1 drop

      The only reason I say white grapefruit s to distinguish it from pink grapefruit which is also available on the market. Just think of the fruit – “white” grapefruits tend to be more tart and sharp, “pink” grapefruits tend to be sweeter and softer.

      Hope that helps and thanks for commenting x

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