When you smell a flower, it smells like…… well… like the flower.
But, what if you’re missing something; what if you could get different scents from a single flower? What if you could take a blossom of bitter orange and capture both that smell you feast on when holding the petal to your nose and the scent that starts to tickle your senses as you walk through an orchard in bloom?
Many people get confused when it comes to Neroli and Orange Blossom. Are these just different names for the same thing? Is it a marketing trick to sell two products instead of one? In a blind test, could you tell the difference?
That’s why we’ve put this kit together that includes 2.5 gr Orange Blossom and 2.5 gr Neroli. Put a dab of Neroli on one hand and Orange Blossom on the other…… and let your nose dive in!
Here are some notes to guide the olfactory tour you’re about to embark on:
Orange Blossom and Neroli are the same—but they’re not.
Both come from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree, but one captures the scent through distillation (i.e. it’s an essential oil), while the other is a solvent extract (i.e. an absolute). The result is that you get to smell the same blossom from different angles that reveal unique nuances dormant in the same flower.
Orange Blossom is closer to the scent of the flower smelled up close. But people forget the flower itself is only one dimension in the floral landscape.
The experience of walking through the white floral wafts in an orange orchard is a joy in its own, with a lighter, crisper citrus scent in the air. This, while the flower up close smells deeper, more pollen rich and comparatively… more herbaceous. The absolute is more viscous, with umami that’s absent in the essential oil, which generally means it’ll last longer on your skin and boasts a longer drydown. (This is also why, as a stronger fixative, it’s preferred as a perfume ingredient.)
You’ll smell a more indolic tone in Orange Blossom that’s more sultry and, dare I say it… edible… than in Neroli, where you indulge in a scent that’s pristine, fresh, and crisper on the citrus scale.
Like with other precious florals, it takes a truckload of flowers to extract only a tiny amount of absolute. Despite the cost and rarity, perfumers fall over themselves to obtain Orange Blossom. It’s the cornerstone of many legendary perfumes, as the zesty aroma gives it undeniable appeal.
Many essential oils have all sorts of aromatherapeutic benefits, but few are so pleasant to use as Neroli. Add a drop or two in a warm bath, on a cotton ball, wet towel, cream lotion, or to a diffuser, and expect to be dazzled by the bitter-citrus fusion with that floral freshness that lets you forget you had a headache to begin with.
While you usually have to choose between citrus and floral, Orange Blossom and Neroli let you smell a scent where citrus meets floral in a fragrance that’s at once delicious and beautiful; energizing and pristine. In fact, it’s so citrus-floral you might be startled to smell a subtle note of jasmine underneath a blanket of green akin to petitgrain, all awash under an orange peel chord. But science has got your back…… that jasmine note is actually there, just like some typical citrus notes are not, which is what allows for the stunning fresh/pretty dance to take the stage.
In both Neroli and Orange Blossom, the drydown is delectably raw cane sugar sweet. But the way they wind down is different, and it’s a delight to explore the unique paths. From the delicate white floral tone of Neroli to the wholesome, almost earthy tenacity of Orange Blossom…… relish it all with a swipe on each wrist.
Your order inlcudes TWO bottles:
1 x 2.5 gr Neroli
1 x 2.5 gr Orange Blossom