Most citrus oils are produced from the oil in the rinds of the fruit—but not neroli. Neroli oil comes from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree, giving it its delicate, floral scent. Blossoms are hand-picked and steam-distilled. And unlike other citrus oils, neroli is not phototoxic—meaning you can wear it out in the sun. Theraputically, neroli has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, and has been shown to reduce anxiety. Neroli has also shown antibacterial activity, especially when compared to standard antibiotics (specifically, against the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa). We’ve also heard that it’s great for wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks, but haven’t been able to find any research supporting those claims yet. And if we’re being really honest, the number one reason we love it is that it smells amazing.
Find it in:
 Carvalho-Freitas, Maria Isabel Roth, and Mirtes Costa. "Anxiolytic and sedative effects of extracts and essential oil from Citrus aurantium L." Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin 25.12 (2002): 1629-1633.
 Ammar, A. H., Bouajila, J., Lebrihi, A., Mathieu, F., Romdhane, M., & Zagrouba, F. (2012). Chemical Composition and in vitro Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Activities of Citrus aurantium L. Flowers Essential Oil (Neroli Oil). Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 15(21), 1034-1040. doi:10.3923/pjbs.2012.1034.1040