Did you know that Coppertone Sunscreen used to be fragranced with the very first synthetic Neroli? I have it on excellent authority that it was. I love that scent and certainly have many fond associations with it however, I know it smells almost nothing like real Neroli. If you pay close attention to the scent of Neroli Absolute, you can smell a hint of the oranges these flowers would have become. Its perfume is bright and zesty with a faint but most complex spicy edge.
Species: Citrus Aurantium
Country of Origin: Morocco
By the end of the 17th century, Anne Marie Orsini, duchess of Bracciano and princess of Nerola, Italy, introduced the essence of bitter orange tree as a fashionable fragrance by using it to perfume her gloves and her bath. Since then, the term "neroli" has been used to describe this essence. Neroli has a refreshing and distinctive, spicy aroma with sweet and flowery notes. It is one of the most widely used floral oils in perfumery. It is a nontoxic, nonirritant, nonsensitizing, nonphototoxic substance. Due to its linalool content, neroli is considered to have a soothing effect on the nervous system. Traditionally, neroli oil was used not only to relieve tension and anxiety, but also to increase circulation.