Description and usage notes:
Neroli oil produced by distillation of the flowers of the bitter orange tree. French origin, fine quality and extremely verstatile and useful. Much fresher and less tenacious than the Absolute produced from the same flowers.
According to Arctander “Neroli Oil, also called Neroli Bigarade Oil (neroli bigarade petales) or Orange Flower Oil is produced in the south of France, Italy, Tunisia, Morocco, Haiti, Guinea, Comoro Islands, Algeria, Lebanon and, in small quantities, in China, Spain, Egypt, Cyprus, etc. … France and Tunisia lead in quality. ”
He goes on to explain that “Neroli Oil is the essential oil water distilled from the flowers of the cultivated bitter orange tree, Citrus Aurantium, subspecies amara, which also is important for the production of petitgrain oil (“bigarade’’-type) and bitter orange peel oil.” as well as the previously mentioned Orange Flower Absolute.
Arctander says that “Neroli Bigarade Oil is a pale yellow, mobile oil which becomes darker and more viscous on ageing. The odor is very powerful, light and refreshing, floral with a peculiar sweet-terpeney topnote, but its tenacity is rather poor. This oil is primarily a ‘top-note’ material in perfumery. The keeping qualities of neroli oil are very poor, and its odor loses its freshness after a few months if the oil is not kept cool, dark and well sealed.”
Because Neroli oil is so expensive it is common for substitutes of various kinds to be used and at Pell Wall we offer two direct replacements:
- Neroli, Commercial – a fully natural blend of essential oils designed to smell like neroli
- Neroli, Synthetic – a synthetic blend that recreates the odour slightly more accurately than the natural version
Furthermore we can also suggest the following materials that can contribute to extending or replacing neroli oil:
- Green mandarin
- Petitgrain Bigarade
- Pell Wall Orange Flower Blend, for which there is also a full formula available to buy.
If you’re interested in understanding how this material, and the related Orange Flower Absolute is produced you might like to take a look at this video of the production process employed by IFF-LMR, one of several major producers: