A colourless to pale yellow liquid produced by steam distillation of the flowers of the bitter orange tree. It has a very dry, light orangey type aroma that is quite haunting. As a naturally occurring product, there may be some sedimentation in the bottom of the bottle.
There are many corruptions of orange flower water available today. Some are made from extracts and some are made by mixing essential oils with water. This is a genuine hydrolat / hydrosol that is collected when orange flowers are steam distilled. The oil that floats to the surface and is collected separately. The remaining water is a genuine hydrolat.
This hydrolat has had a preservative added to extend the shelf life of the product whilst in its own bottle.
Aqua, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Aurantium Flower Water, Citric Acid
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Orange Blossom (Neroli) Flower Water are:
Masking, Skin Conditioning, Tonic
To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here.
Suitable for all skin types and can be used neat, even on sensitive skin and babies.
It has a slight astringency which makes it desirable for mature skin. Use in facial sprays, toners, creams, lotions and serums.
The slight astringency also makes this desirable to use in products for acne prone skin. Irritated skin will be calmed and soothed.
It is an excellent toner and can be used after a cleanser or just as a refreshing facial spray any time of the day. The scent is delightful and known to relax and relieve stress.
It helps to keep the skin moisturised and smooth. Use in after sun products for its calming effects and hydration.
A very small amount can be spritzed onto your pillow to relax you for a good night’s sleep. Be sure to check a small inconspicuous area first to ensure the flower water does not mark the bedding.
Helps to condition the hair and can even be sprayed neat onto the hair to make it more shiny.
Use 1% to 100%.
Water soluble so cannot be used in oil only products.
Heat stable so can be used in Stage 2 (fwater stage) when making creams and lotions.
Hydrosols are very prone to fungal contamination. Store them in the ‘fridge if you can and never leave the tops off the bottles whilst you are working.
Mix equal amounts with Rose Water for a beautiful fragrance and amazing toner for all skin types.
Elegant Facial Serum
Stage 1: (room temperature)
2% EmulsiGel Eco
2% Eyebright Glycerol Extract
Stage 2: (above 60°C)
87% Boiling Orange Blossom (Neroli) Water
Stage 3: (above 60°C)
3% Pomegranate Oil
2% Brazil Nut Oil
Stage 4: (below 40°C)
3% Wu Zhu Extract
1% Preservative 12
Combine EmulsiGel Eco and Eyebright Glycerol Extract into a paste.
Add to the Stage 2 ingredients and stick blend until smooth.
Add Stage 3 ingredients and stir thoroughly with a spatula.
Cool down to below 40°C in a pan of cold water.
Add Stage 4 ingredients and combine thoroughly. Jar and label.
Toner for Problem Skin
Stage 1: (room temperature)
67% Orange Blossom (Neroli) Water
10% Chamomile Water
10% Witch Hazel Glycerol Extract
5% Aloe Vera Concentrate
3% Vitamin B3
2% Cosmetic Prebiotic
1% Preservative 12
Dissolve the Vitamin B3 in the Orange Blossom (Neroli) Water.
Combine the Emulsifan with the Preservative 12.
Then combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Bottle and label. Shake before use.
For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.
These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists as a gentle narcotic. Effective at relieving menstrual cramps and relaxing tension. Effective at calming a person down prior to sleep.
The earliest records date back to Ancient China where the orange blossom itself was revered, symbolising purity, chastity and innocence. Blossoms were added to wedding gowns to decorate and also perfume the clothes.
By the time Marie Antoinette moved in the Palace of Versailles, flower distillation was well established in France. She not enjoyed the flower water in cakes, drinks and on her bedding but it was also extensively used in her beauty preparation.
Coffee in Lebanon and Morocco is traditionally served with a spritz of orange blossom water on top which brightens the drink into a very luxurious and elegant beverage.