NEROLI (Citrus Aurantium)
Neroli oil has been used as far back as the 17th century, when Italian aristocrats discovered its skin rejuvenating abilities. The precious oil is produced from the fragrant blossoms of the bitter orange tree. The blossoms are gathered by hand just as they begin to bloom, taking about 1,000 pounds of orange blossoms to make 1 pound of Neroli oil. It improves skin’s flexibility, combats acne, and is best known for its soothing and skin regenerating effect on even the most environmentally stressed complexions. It’s also safe to use on the most sensitive skin, and one of the few citrus oils that is not phototoxic — meaning it can damage the skin when exposed to light. It’s also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which is what makes it so useful in eliminating free radicals and protecting skin against environmental stressors and inflammation. It also supports collagen production, smoothes skin, and helps nix dullness and impart a healthy glow.