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(Citrus aurantium amara)
Orange blossom absolute, also referred to as orange flower absolute, is extracted from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium amara) by means of solvent extraction. It is dark orange in colour and much thicker than neroli oil, which is extracted from orange blossoms by a different method.
It belongs to the Rutaceae plant family and is a hardy citrus plant. They are evergreen and grow up to 20 feet in the wild. In cultivation, they will only grow to half this height. The tree bears double leaves, which have a bulge at the base of the main leaf.
Its fruit is used to flavour liqueurs, such as Grand Mariner and Triple sec, and its leaves and twigs provide the petitgrain oil (sometimes also called bigarade), another aromatic ingredient we use.
It is believed that the tradition of bridal orange blossom garlands started because the fragrance soothed the nerves of the young brides before retiring to the marital bed.
It has an intensely floral aroma, and although expensive, it is one of the most popular essential oils used in perfumery.
We use the absolute in many of products and fine fragrances, including our Gorgeous moisturiser, refreshing The Olive Branch shower gel and luxurious Prince Triple Orange Blossom shaving cream.