It seems a little cruel that Neroli essential oil is so expensive when the Neroli hydrosol is almost free relatively speaking. Orange blossoms are hand picked and the distillation has to be carefully performed to result in a good Neroli oil which then provides the Neroli hydrosol byproduct. But it’s also a gift that Neroli hydrosol is an affordable way to experience a completely romantic, etherial floral essential oil. When I read “A Scented Palace: The Secret History Of Marie Antoinette’s Perfumer” by Elizabeth de Faydeau in 2006, I had a bottle of Neroli hydrosol close by to mist while losing myself in the pages of aromatic descriptions particularly when reading that Marie Antionette would dab her temples with eau de fleur d’orange – orange flower water. That was the only contemporary book I refused to lend out. Well … that and my aromatherapy books.
Neroli hydrosol is an outstanding floral water for oily and sensitive skin. I find it reduces reddish skin tones and soothes rosacea. Like most of our hydrosols, it provides a calming sleep when sprayed on pillows or linen. It contains enough of the Neroli essential oil molecules to lightly perfume the body when misted on skin. I had good Neroli hydrosol until about three years ago when my sources were not producing the quality I require so it has a little bit of time since I’ve had this beautiful hydrosol back in stock. I reckon our 2020 hydrosol is the kind of quality Marie Antoinette was dabbing on her temples. Maybe even the Princess of Nerole.