Neroli has a very powerful, yet delicate, sweet, etheric white floral aroma with a radiant, very light, terpene-like top note.
Neroli essential oil is probably one of the most frequently used florals in perfume compounding, cost not withstanding due to the fact that it takes over 2 pounds of blossoms to yield only 1 ounce of essential oil. It is found in the top notes of some of the most famous classic perfumes.
The blossoms come from the Bitter Orange tree (Citrus aurantium var. amara), a resilient evergreen that belongs to the Rutaceae family.