Neroli, blossom of the bitter orange tree

By Lola,

Neroli oil is an essential oil extracted by steam distillation from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. Its sweet citrus scent is complex imparting notes of honey, green, spice and flowers.

Anne Marie Orsini, 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.