What do you know about neroli oil, other than it has a bit of an unusual-sounding name?Well, it also goes by the name of orange blossom oil, it was once used to help fight the plague and it has royal roots – it actually happens to be named after the Princess of Nerola.1 Fancy, hey?! The oil itself is made from the delicate flowers that can be found on bitter orange trees, Citrus Aurantium or Seville orange trees, which are so delicate, that slight bruising can release their oil.2
As you may have already guessed from the royal connection, neroli oil has been used far and wide for some time now.It’s actually named after Neroli, a small Italian town near Rome, where the Princess of Nerola, Anne Marie Orsini lived. Back in the 17th century, she fell in love with its floral scent with citrusy overtones and used it to perfume her bath and her clothing. Soon afterwards, Italian perfumer, JM Farina of Cologne, created a blend of oils that were inspired by the Princess and included a blend of neroli, bergamot, lemon, petitgrain, lavender and rosemary. The scent went on to be incredibly popular, and is where cologne is believed to have originated from.5
There’s so much you can do with neroli oil. You can:
Dilute 5 drops of neroli oil with 10ml of Miaroma base oil and gently massage into skin.
Run a warm bath and add 4 to 6 drops of neroli oil. Then relax in the bath for at least 10 minutes to allow the aroma to work.
Put 8 to 10 drops into a diffuser and breathe in the rich floral-citrus scent.
Breathe it in directly from the bottle or sprinkle a couple of drops of it on to a cloth or tissue and gently inhale it.
Always do a patch test to it make sure it doesn’t irritate your skin and always dilute it first with a carrier oil before putting it on your skin.Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on how to use it and if you have a citrus allergy, do not use neroli. Citrus oils, such as neroli oil, have also been known to increase skin sensitivity in the sun. Neroli oil should never be applied immediately before going out in the sun and sunscreen should always be used to help prevent sunburn.8
Last updated: 11 September 2020