For those who have wandered the orange-tree lined streets of Cordoba, in southern Spain, the smell of NEROLI will take you back. Sadly, most of us have never been to Cordoba or have smelled NEROLI. We may have smelled orange flowers, but NEROLI magnifies their aroma by about 500%. Because it is made by distilling orange flowers – It takes many large baskets of flowers to make a tiny bottle of the essential oil – neroli is very expensive.
There are four vehicles that deliver an aroma of orange: first, is a simple tincture or distillate of orange zest. While irresistible, it releases a simple smell of oranges, delightful, but familiar and in no way mysterious. It has the same complexity as the smell of the zest itself.
A less familiar smell is that of petitgrain. Even though it’s relatively inexpensive, petitgrain is clearly derived from an orange tree and has an intriguing and long-lasting aroma. Petitgrain is made by distilling the orange tree’s stems and leaves. It is often used in “neroli” as a substitute for the real thing.
Instead of twigs and leaves, only the flowers are used to make the essential oil. The flowers are carefully distilled so that their aroma is intensified and so that no nuance is lost. Until now, neroli has been used almost exclusively as an ingredient in complex floral perfumes, its beautiful delicacy obscured by other compounds. BPC’s NEROLI contains no other aroma than neroli. While it is delicate and nuanced, it is also powerful. It awakens the spirit.
NEROLI, also made from the flowers, is a distillate – an essential oil – and not an absolute or tincture. Much like the absolute, it takes many many flowers to make a small bottle of the distillate. The smell is divine.
BPC’s NEROLI contains no orange peel or petitgrain; it’s made with pure neroli from France, where the very finest quality oil is produced.