Most people don’t know neroli by name, but many have been enchanted by the delicate yet alluring fragrance of a neroli-infused perfume. One of the most important and ancient ingredients in perfumery, neroli oil has a scent that is light, floral and sweet, with an undertone of citrus. Perfumers prize neroli oil highly because it blends well with floral absolutes and various citrus oils, as well as many other scent components.

Neroli oil is born of the same roots as the bitter orange, a sour but versatile fruit native to Southeast Asia but now grown throughout the world. The velvety white blossoms of the bitter orange tree are distilled to create neroli oil.

Aside from its sweet reputation as a perfume ingredient, neroli oil is also used in moisturizers, treatments and serums for its regenerative and anti-scarring benefits. Neroli oil is also antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving, and can be used to treat acne, reduce redness and smoothen fine lines and wrinkles.

And while neroli’s scent can be irresistible, it is also therapeutic. Neroli oil is commonly used in aromatherapy to help alleviate insomnia, anxiety and depression.