Known as the ‘flower of the bitter orange tree’, neroli oil is a precious oil. Its intoxicating aroma is a favorite ingredient for many classic perfume compositions and it has been shown to reduce stress, improve moods, and promote relaxation. It also has a multitude of beauty benefits, including improving skin tone and promoting restful sleep. Because of its intoxicating scent and therapeutic properties, it is highly sought after and thus has a high price tag.
Why is neroli oil so expensive?
Unlike other essential oils, neroli oil is distilled from the flowers of the bitter orange tree and can be very expensive. This is because the plant must be harvested at a specific time and handled with extreme care to preserve its delicate fragrance. The yield is low, making it a very costly oil to produce. Additionally, neroli is very delicate and must be carefully distilled to prevent its chemical components from being diluted or degraded by heat or light.
To make one kilogram of neroli oil, 1000 kilograms of flowers must be distilled. Due to its fragility and the high production costs, neroli is one of the most expensive essential oils on the market.
Neroli is a wonderful addition to a natural perfume and can be used in place of other citrus or floral essential oils. It is also a great skin nourishing oil and can help to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles. It can be added to a carrier oil like jojoba oil and applied directly to the skin. It can also be used to help ease menopause symptoms and promote restful sleep.