Neroli: From Italian princesses to skin deep renewal

Posted by Poppy Waterman on

Neroli's popularity as a beauty and skin product is nothing new, just like lots of natural ingredients, it’s been used for centuries. Neroli is actually the steam distilled essential oil from the bitter orange tree blossoms. In order to maintain its integrity, it has to be hand-picked, however it is important to move quickly as the petals quickly lose their famous fragrance.  The name Neroli comes from Anna Maria de La Trémoill, the 17th century Italian princess of Nerola, who made it her signature scent. She was said to have used it to scent her gloves and bathwater.  The scent is still popular in perfumery, a refreshing, honeyed floral aroma, with a touch of citrus, like a bottled Mediterranean late afternoon.

 

But Neroli isn’t just used the for scent, it has substance. The essential oil has a series of advantages. Firstly, it’s anti-microbial, which means that it reduces the appearance of rashes and irritations. It also has antitoxin properties, (an anti-toxicant is a substance such as vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism). These properties make it good for combating acne and reducing the redness associated with breakouts. With antibacterial properties, Neroli is a great cleanser ingredient, thanks to its purifying citrus elements. However, unlike other citrus essential oils like lemon oil, it is not phototoxic so doesn’t increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. It’s pretty much the perfect ingredient have in an everyday cleanser. It's comparable lightness compared to other essential oils make it an ideal cleanser for most types of skin, thats why it's in our  including our Clean & Glow Facial Cleanser

Neroli also has wonderful healing properties for the skin as it helps with regeneration of skin cells and improving skin elasticity. It’s known for its ability to regenerate the skin cells and improve the elasticity of skin. It also helps maintain the balance of oils naturally occurring in your skin, making accessible to people of all skin types. Due to its ability to revive skin at the cellular level, neroli essential oil can be beneficial for wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.

Stress related skin conditions can also be targeted with Neroli, it’s properties, and its scent is known to have good results, as it has an overall calming ability.The effects of inhaling neroli essential oil on 2014 study in investigated the effects on inhaling Neroli oil with postmenopausal women in terms of menopausal symptoms, stress and oestrogen in postmenopausal women were. Sixty-three healthy postmenopausal women were randomised to inhale 0.1 percent or 0.5 percent neroli oil, or almond oil (control), for five minutes twice daily for five days in the Korea University School of Nursing study.

They found that “Compared with the control group, the two neroli oil groups showed significantly lower diastolic blood pressure and tended to improve pulse rate and serum cortisol and oestrogen concentrations. These findings indicate that inhalation of neroli oil helps relieve menopausal symptoms, increase sexual desire, and reduce blood pressure in postmenopausal women. Neroli oil may have potential as an effective intervention to reduce stress and improve the endocrine system.”*

 

*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25024731

 

Products with Neroli

 


Clean & Glow PURE Cleanser     

Oilixia Explorer Blend Facial Oil     

 Myroo Gentle Cleanser and Cloth Orange Blossom


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