Sunday, March 1, 2015

Episode 30: Neroli in Perfume (or, What's in a Name?)

Holy wow. this was not expected okay. So obvi no Saturday post, but this late post will not take the place of the Sunday post, which will come later. What a mouthful. I chose Neroli for today's scent note because it is something I bet a lot of you didn't even know you liked!

Citrus aurantium

Neroli is the name for the flowering bud of the Citrus aurantium subspecies Amara and Bigardia, otherwise known as the bitter orange tree. Yes, it's true - Neroli is another name for a type of orange blossom. But it is fairly specific to those subspecies because the oil from these varieties does have different smell than some other variations (think bergamot). Neroli oil is extracted from the flower its self, and it can take over 1000 blossoms to make 1 pound of the oil. It has a pale yellow color and is slightly watery. Neroli oil is prized for its many therapeutic abilities as well as its symbolism of purity. Neroli is also one of the ingredients of the original Eau de Cologne.
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Neroli is a very unisex floral fragrance, sweet but with a slight metallic tang, that makes it ideal for use in both perfume and colognes. It is floral, yet crisp, and works well with many other scent notes. It can often be found in citrus blends, many florals, and many chypre scents. Neroli tends to be a top note, but because of its versatility, it can often be found in the heart of scents, especially the lighter colognes. Some well known fragrances that include Neroli are Versace Pour Homme, Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio and Prada Infusion d'Iris. As a point of interest, neroli oil is routinely used in the making of mass-market cola, and is believed to be a key ingredient in the the famously secret Coca-Cola recipe. (Information via Wikipedia and
I personally, try to avoid the traditionally citrus scents. Bergamot is my main exception to that, but I can also wear Neroli and Orange Blossom. Neroli on my is a very crisp floral, almost herbaceous as opposed to citrine. Of my scents that contain Neroli, like Dior Addict EDT, I would usually reserve those for late spring and summer - they are invigorating scents, not entirely "fresh" but not heavy florals, either. However I do find that scents advertised with notes of "neroli" are much lighter and crisper than those with "orange blossom". Orange blossom is a very heady floral, perfect for hot summer nights. Neroli, on the other hand is for a day at the beach, or having fun at the park. Granted, this isn't the case with all scents (Chanel No. 5 supposedly contains Neroli, and this isn't my typical walk in the park scent, ya feel?) but I think many of these fresh citrus oils give off that playful and energetic feeling.

Sorry this was late y'all but you know how I am. I will have Sunday's post later, and I will give you a hint... it is something fun, something light. Perfect or winding down your weekend. Until then, pleasant journeys~

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