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Neroli Petitgrain Essential Oil

  • Neroli-Petitgrain co-distillation, with a distinct fresh and herbaceous scent, is soothing and restorative for the mind and body.

    Well-rounded and complex, our neroli petitgrain co-distillation skillfully blends the honeyed fragrance of neroli oil with the pungent, slightly bitter notes of petitgrain. Organically distilling both the blossoms, leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree produces an aromatic matrix of floral citrus which is uniquely euphoric and sensual.

    Unlike neroli, petitgrain does not have a long history of therapeutic use. Until recently it was used exclusively for perfumery purposes. Both neroli and petitgrain, however, are notable for their calming, centering, uplifting effect. Both are supportive to all body systems, and are known to promote comfort in the muscles and joints and encourage a balanced monthly cycle for women. Employed in direct inhalation, this oil will settle cramps or an upset belly. Similarly applied, both the emotional and physical heart may be soothed and supported by the use of neroli petitgrain oil. This blend is well suited for use when convalescing after illness. Petitgrain and neroli co-distillation is lovely for enhancing skin health and balance, improving tone, texture and clarity.

    The calming and settling effect of neroli petitgrain renders it useful to promote relaxation, uplift the mood, reduce stress, and support the body to stabilize after shock or trauma. A tonic and restorative to the brain, diffused neroli petitgrain soothes and uplifts the mind while relaxing the body. Neroli petitgrain can also promote deep, restful sleep. A well-known oil used to inspire sensual moods, neroli/petitgrain can be used in a bath or diluted in a massage oil to celebrate a loved one.

    Petitgrain refers to the steam distillation of organic neroli leaves and twigs. Floracopeia’s Neroli Petitgrain is a codistillation of organic neroli blossoms and the petitgrain green parts of the plant.
    Product Details
    • Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium var. amara
    • Family: Rutaceae
    • Composition: 100% Pure Neroli-Petitgrain Essential Oil
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
    • Cultivation/Harvesting: Organic
    • Plant Part: Blossoms, leaves, and twigs of the bitter orange tree
    • Color: Clear to pale yellow
    • Consistency: Mobile
    • Yield: very low; ~.5%
    • Bottle Size: ¼ Dram (0.95 mL)
  • Neroli Essential Oil Profile

    Hand-harvested during the peak of the midday sun (when the greatest amount of oil is produced), and then freshly distilled. Organic Neroli blossoms are steam-distilled and pure—there are no green parts of the plant used in this fine oil.

    How to Use Neroli Essential Oil
    • Direct Palm Inhalation: Use two drops of neroli petitgrain in direct palm inhalation to settle the heart and promote tranquility.

    Please use safety precautions, because citrus and the sun are incompatible. Citrus oils, including petitgrain, are phototoxic, and can damage your skin if rubbed on the skin and exposed to sunlight. Read more about citrus oil and the sun.

    Other Ways To Use Neroli Essential Oil
    • Blend neroli petitgrain oil in marula oil with a drop of helichrysum to support smooth, even, radiant skin.
    • Add two drops neroli to bathwater to support feelings of well-being and to soothe the skin.
    • Diffuse two drops neroli oil with 5 drops lavender to encourage deep, restful sleep and feelings of calm and tranquility.
    Aromatic Profile and Blending of Neroli Essential Oil
    • Perfumery Note: Top note
    • Odor: Fresh, floral, woody, citrusy
    • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium to strong
    • Blends Well With: All citrus oils, especially bergamot oil and bitter orange; wood oils such as frankincense oil, rosewood oil and sandalwood oil; florals like geranium oil, rose oil and lavender oil
    Interesting Neroli Essential Oil Information

    Neroli comes from the bitter orange tree, whose blossoms are picked and must immediately be put to distillation to avoid decay due to the delicacy of the flowers. Typically the blossoms are distilled first, producing neroli essential oil. The water-soluble component is bottled as orange blossom water. Next follows distillation of the leaves, resulting in petitgrain oil. The rind of the fruit, at maturity, is expeller-pressed to produce bitter orange oil. One hundred kilograms of flowers produces a maximum of 1,000 grams (1 kilogram) of neroli oil, making it a very precious and costly oil. Owing to its high cost, neroli oil is very commonly adulterated, either with petitgrain or synthetics, which compromises both the therapeutic qualities and aromatic profile.

    Neroli oil is used in expensive colognes and perfumes, and was given its name after the Countess of Nerola, an Italian Princess from the 17th century who used it to perfume her gloves and bathwater. The history of the tree itself, however, predates this association, as Arab conquerors are known to have been cultivating the plant in the 10th and 11th centuries. One study sites that the inhalation of neroli oil has sedative effects on mice, which is greatest during first 30 min of inhalation. David Crow on Neroli: ❝Neroli is the fragrance of orange trees blossoming under the Moroccan and Tunisian sun. It is the fragrance that greets farmers as they begin another spring day of harvesting, gently plucking the tiny golden gems that shine from inside green citrus foliage. Many factors will influence the quality of the neroli oil: each blossom must be plucked when it is just starting to open; the buds must be gathered only on warm sunny days; the flowers cannot be bruised; leaflets and petioles must not be mixed in. By the end of the day, the clothing and weather-aged hands of the dark-skinned harvesters will be saturated with an intoxicating aroma desired by queens and empresses, sheiks and maharajas.❞

  • Safety Considerations for Neroli Essential Oil

    Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant. Do not take neroli essential oil internally.


    For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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