Neroli Essential Oil
Neroli Essential Oil comes from the bitter orange tree which was first cultivated in the Mediterranean by the Arabs in the 10th Century. It is
named after the 17th century Italian Princess of Nerola, Anna Maria de La Tremoille, who wore the oil in her gloves.
Neroli is considered highly effective as a sedative and antidepressant and is recommended for the treatment of insomnia and as a relaxant. The oil is reputed to have a rejuvenating effect on the skin as it has an ability to stimulate the growth of healthy new cells.Neroli has an uplifting, spicy aroma with sweet and flowery notes. It is distinctive as it blends well with any citrus oil and floral absolutes, and is non photo toxic.
Neroli oil is a classic element in fragrance design and one of the most commonly used in the perfume industry.
As an essential oil, used in aromatherapy and massage, Neroli is considered to have a soothing effect on the nervous system.Traditionally, neroli oil was used not only to relive tension and anxiety, but also in increase circulation and heal scars.
Neroli can be found in our Bliss Range
Ripple Relaxation Massage Oil – A sublime blend of essential oils designed to relax. Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Lavender and Sandalwood. Large 125 ml bottle. $8
Relaxation Bath Salts – Light a candle and relax in the bath with these aromatherapy bath salts. Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Lavender and Sandalwood. Large 500 ml jar. $15
Neroli Essential Oil
It’s hard to imagine a world without essential oils… and we don’t really want to!
Without them, massage would be way more difficult – it’s a lot harder to massage dry skin due to the friction, and other products like moisturising lotion tend to sink into your skin. This rehydrates you, of course, but also means you would need to keep reapplying it over and over again, which would ruin the flow of many massages. We also love all the side benefits that essential oils have… they make you smell fantastic, can be used in burners or disperses, or used (lightly! Use a watered down spray) to scent your bath towels, for example. We think everyone should pick up a small collection of essential oils to keep them cheery and surrounded by beautiful fragrances…
One of our absolute favourite essential oils at Ripple Massage is, of course, neroli essential oil. We think it’s criminally underrated – so few people have actually heard of it before, despite it being one of the most magical and refreshing oils available.
Where Does Neroli Come From?
Neroli is a citrus oil produced from the flowers / foliage of the bitter orange tree… which in turn is a blend of mandarin (very common in Australia, so you probably know that scent already!) and pomelo fruits (much more common in South Asia and definitely worth a try next time you travel there!). The mandarin heritage keeps the bitter orange its sweetness, while the pomelo brings a slight tinge of bitterness or sourness that completes the total citrus tang you expect.
The bitter orange itself comes in many varieties… the Aurantium species is perhaps the most commonly known for neroli production, but also makes its way into liqueurs (Curacao and triple sec, for example!) and marmalade occasionally, making it an incredibly diverse fruit. The Bigarade species (also known as Seville) is more common through the Mediterranean and is given a higher priority for marmalade production due to its high pectin content that improves the texture. Other varieties include Chinotto (used in an Italian soda!), Daidai (used in Chinese medicine), Wild Florida (a little more sour, and found in wooded riverbeds), and Bergamont (used for a different oil that makes its way into Earl Grey tea).
You can probably tell already that the bitter orange is an incredibly well-loved and special fruit, from its use around the world and the sheer variety of its applications! We love it just as much at Ripple, and incorporate Neroli essential oil into our massages whenever we can.
What Does Neroli Smell Like?
Thankfully, the essential oil extraction process doesn’t touch Neroli’s essential citrusy character. You keep all the sweet and honeyed flavours that seem to make it burst with flavour and life – just like an actual orange – and strike exactly the right balance between subtlety and revitalisation… Neroli is just powerful enough to make your massage extremely refreshing, without getting too in your face or becoming offputting over extended periods of time.
Neroli also brings a characteristic tang to it, though, that sets it apart from “just another fruity scent”. There’s a slight hint of under ripeness or leafiness about it, as though the orange were still growing on the vine… a slight kick to it, as though you’d found this fruit in the wild instead of plucking it from a supermarket shelf, and it was a real product of nature rather than an object for mass consumption… and a very slight metallic or acidic twist to it, which we can’t really describe.
What Else Is Neroli Used For?
In fact, you probably already know what Neroli smells like – it’s extremely common in perfumes because it accomplishes so much with just one oil, and gives them a perfect but not overpowering citrus twist. (Look out for it in spring or summer perfumes, particularly, where the citrus fits best!) Luckily, Neroli is completely non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and non-phototoxic… and blends very easily and smoothly with other oils, which makes it even more perfect for perfume, blends made by us here at Ripple, or even blends you want to make yourself for personal use.
There’s one other, rumoured use of Neroli which you probably didn’t know and won’t guess… Neroli is thought to be one of Coca-Cola’s secret ingredients. That’s right – even if you read the ingredients on the back of a Coke bottle, you won’t get the full picture. Coca Cola’s exact recipe remains unknown except to a very select few employees and government testers, but we do have some clues! John S. Pemberton (the inventor of Coca-Cola) allegedly left behind a diary which specified a certain flavouring blend to be added to the base Coca-Cola drink, with the mix containing about 10% Neroli… alongside other ingredients including orange, lemon, cinnamon, and nutmeg!
Who would have thought Coca-Cola would have such good taste in essential oils…?
But back to massage…
As much as we love an occasional Coke (even knowing it’s not the best for our body…), Ripple Massage loves massage even more. We love using Neroli in our essential oil mixes both for clients and for ourselves – it’s great alone, but it’s even better in a mix with other oils that complement and add to the citrus kick that Neroli offers.
These can be complementary oils… think lime, mandarin, tangerine…
Or contrasting oils… think frangipani, sandalwood, geranium…
There’s just so much you can do with Neroli because it comes from such a versatile fruit with such a dynamic scent. Ask us about it at Ripple and figure out how you can get hold of some or have it used in your next massage.