Refers to the essential oil derived from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. The aroma is classic of the hesperids class, although carries subtleties that make it uniquely its own. The sweet element is reminiscent of honey, and metallic hints can be noticed throughout the intricate facets of the aroma. Green, nature-like elements are also signature subtleties of the neroli oil, as too are the certain degrees of spiciness that rear themselves pleasantly in the fragrance. Orange blossom, another extract of the bitter orange, is often compared to neroli due to the similar heritage they share. They differ in how they are produced, and thus, noticeable differences exist between the two. Neroli is lighter, carries fewer elements of floral, and is fresher: being overall more green smelling. Despite the subtler floral aromas, it is still extensively used in floral fragrances in perfumery. It also blends considerably well with other citrus scents.
Neroli is a common ingredient for fragrance design and is used for classics like 4711 or the typical Eau de Cologne.
Example: L’eau de Neroli by Diptyque