Neroli in perfumery

Neroli in perfumery 

Today, a little “culture”! Let's talk about our new product which will highlight Neroli . We hope you find this article useful and enjoyable!

NEROLI: an institutional raw material for perfumery

Well, let’s talk about Neroli in perfumery ! It's like having a little cloud of flowers and lemon dancing on your skin. It's such a popular stuff that if you've never smelled it, you're probably the only person on Earth who hasn't. It's like a spring celebration in a bottle - fresh , light and joyful .

And at Versatile, we love taking the institutional and making it bold .


So, let me tell you the story of Neroli! Once upon a time there was a princess, Anne-Marie de La Tremoille, who loved to perfume her gloves and her bath with orange blossom essential oil. And guess what? This oil became so popular in the region that it was named “Neroli” in homage to the princess! (well it was in the 17th century)

It quickly became one of the most popular ingredients in perfumery for its sweet and floral scent, with a touch of lemon .

A typical Mediterranean ingredient reminiscent of long summer evenings, Neroli is an essential oil widely used in perfumery for its delicate , floral and fresh scent .

* Originated from Asia and now cultivated in several countries of the Mediterranean basin: Italy, Morocco...

You may be wondering how this material which comes from bitter orange is used in perfumery? Even if this is not the case, we will explain it to you: you should know that depending on the distillation we obtain either Neroli Essence while by extraction with volatile solvents we obtain Orange Blossom Absolute . Overall, the two are similar but with small olfactory variations.

Orange Blossom Absolute is a popular olfactory note in perfumery. It is extracted from the flowers of the bitter orange tree , also known as bitter orange . The flowers are often picked by hand in early spring.

Orange Blossom

Neroli Essence is extracted from the flowers of the bitter orange tree ( Citrus aurantium ) and is often considered one of the most precious ingredients in perfumery. In general, the average price of Neroli in perfumery varies from 5,000 to 15,000 euros per kg, or even more, depending on the quality and origin of the essential oil. It is therefore very expensive.


Sea, South & Sun ( Neo Neroli - be careful, don't expect a fresh summer water with monoi scents or a baby skin perfume, classicism, very little for us )

  • Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford
  • Acqua di Parma Colonia
  • Neroli 36 from Le Labo
  • Jo Malone London Orange Blossom
  • Eau de Neroli Doré d’Hermès

How volatile is it?

Neroli is an ingredient often used as a heart note (notes which are revealed after 30 minutes and which remain for around 1-2 hours ) providing a light and subtle touch. Some brands have still managed to work with a lemon note so that it lasts much longer (hello Versatile).

Our interpretation?

Our new perfume is concentrated at 33% ( perfume extract, small but powerful as always ). It's refreshing ( but it doesn't stick ), it pays homage to the South of France, in an aperitif way. Personalized with a Tropézienne accord ( iconic cake from the South with its round, creamy, delicious, sweet and soft notes ), and a green fig .


For our new product, we worked with on a Neroli in a new form, something captivating and unexpected. In the very humble words of our super perfumer Anne-Sophie Behaghel:

This perfume is the perfect harmony between Neroli, Fig and Musk ”, that’s it, you know (almost) everything!

(Re)discover our article on our remarkable nose

Yes, Neroli is a versatile olfactory note in perfumery. It wasn't easy to make a truly original twist because many perfumes highlight this raw material, but we hope we took up the challenge and that you like it!

PS: it is used in unisex perfumes for its sweet and refreshing smell
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