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  • Saffy Johnson (UK)

Neroli, Petitgrain and Bitter Orange Oils : What’s the similarity and difference?

Commonly, Neroli, Petitgrain and Bitter Orange oils come from the same fruit tree of Citrus Aurantium Amara or simply known as Bitter Orange.

Though these 3 oils share a similar citrus and zesty scent, but are still individually unique with different properties, uses and scent profiles.

Their differences are :-

Neroli oil is extracted through steam distillation from the flowers of the fruit, giving it a sweet and floral profile.

Petitgrain oil is through steam distillation from its leaves and twigs, therefore a green-citrusy profile.

Biter Orange oil is cold-pressed from its fruit peel or rind, hence a sourish and bitter profile.

The country of origin is also different, with Neroli oil coming from Tunisia and Petitgrain oil from Paraguay.

Neroli oil is very much expensive than Petitgrain oil. Earning a nickname for Petitgrain, “poor man’s neroli”. Just like Geranium oil to Rose oil.

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