Neroli Essential Oil

Neroli Essential Oil is extracted from the flowers of the Bitter Orange tree (Citrus aurantium). 

Neroli Essential Oil is coveted for its alluring fragrance, and is widely used in Perfumery, Aromatherapy and as a flavoring additive. Bitter Orange Trees are native to Africa and Asia, but are now cultivated in many regions around the world.

Neroli Essential Oil is occasionally for the Naturopathic treatment of acne. As an acne treatment, Neroli Essential Oil is typically added to face wash blends and clarifying masks. Neroli Essential Oil has been reported to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also believed to have a lower risk of causing skin irritation than many other essential oils. Many Naturopaths and their patients have reported that topical preparations containing Neroli Essential Oil helped to improve their acne symptoms. However, there does not appear to be any publicly-available clinical research studies that support these claims.

Neroli Essential Oil contains a range of chemical compounds, many of which are known to have biological activity. Neroli Essential Oil contains significant concentrations of Linalool, Linalyl Acetate, Limonene, Farnesol, alpha-Terpineol and Nerolidol. Laboratory testing indicates that Neroli Essential Oil is only mildly toxic to gram-positive bacteria, a group which includes the acne-causing P. acnes bacterium. Many other essential oils are known to have significantly stronger antibacterial properties.


Bioactivity of selected plant essential oils against Listeria monocytogenes. Lis‐Balchin, et al. 1997.
Chemical composition and in vitro antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of Citrus aurantium l. flowers essential oil (Neroli oil). Ammar, et al. 2012.
Quantification and determination of chemical composition of the essential oil extracted from natural orange blossom water (Citrus aurantium L. ssp. aurantium). Jeannot, et al. 2005.
Chemical composition of essential oils from flowers, leaves and peel of Citrus aurantium L. var. amara from Tunisia. Boussaada, et al. 2006.
Volatile constituents and antioxidant activity of peel, flowers and leaf oils of Citrus aurantium L. growing in Greece. Sarrou, et al. 2013.
Screening for inhibitory activity of essential oils on selected bacteria, fungi and viruses. Chao, et al. 2000.
The in vitro antimicrobial activity and chemometric modelling of 59 commercial essential oils against pathogens of dermatological relevance. Orchard, et al. 2016.