Citrus aurantium ss. amara

Background & Origin

Known as the “Bitter Orange” tree, Neroli is closely related to the Sweet Orange tree, with the difference between each respective tree blossom the key reason for difference in the aromas obtained from both trees. Neroli is thought to have been originally cultivated in South-East Asia but was eventually grown more widely around the world. In the town of Nerola, Italy, where the name “Neroli” came from, its popularity grew after Princess Anne Marie Orsini first characterized and introduced the essence as a new fragrance to the people of the area.


Neroli oil comes from the blossom of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium, subspecies amara). The oil’s scent is sweet, honeyed with a hint of spice. Neroli is extracted by steam distillation, and typically used in aromatherapy, or by applying it directly to the skin through carrier oils. Aromatherapy studies have found Neroli essential oil can have an anti-anxiety and relieving effect in women (Scandurra, 2022). While topically, it has rejuvenating and regenerating effects for the skin, as well as antimicrobial (Ramadan et al., 1996), antiseptic and anti-inflammatory (Ammar et al., 2012; Shen et al., 2017) benefits.


For Normal, dry & combination skin, except for people allergic to citrus.

Uses in our products

Freshening, mood-enhancing, fragrancing

Featured In

  1. Scandurra et al. Healthcare (Basel). 2022 Feb; 10(2): 366.
  2. Ammar et al., Pak J Biol Sci. 2012 Nov 1;15(21):1034-40.
  3. Ramadan et al., 1996. Int J Dermatol. 1996;35(6):448-449.
  4. Shen et al. J Agric Food Chem. 2017 Oct 18;65(41):9061-9068.