Orange Flower Absolute (Tunisia)

Adam Michael has this to say “Tunisia orange blossom absolute is refreshing, floral, happy and uplifting with soft playful bitter orange nuances dancing on a delicate bed of  herbaceous wonderment. Whilst I look upon the essential oil as a top note, I personally regard this absolute as an intensely refreshing heart note that really sings, shines and sparkles. The therapeutic uses can be considered similar to neroli essential oil. It is also effective at calming the nerves and soothing the soul. When diluted in carrier oil and massaged down the jaw line this may benefit those who suffer with insomnia. The colour of this solvent extracted material is dark orange-brown and of a slightly thick but pourable viscosity.”

The leaves from this tree provide Petitgrain, the fruit peel provides us with Bitter Orange, one tonne of flowers provide roughly 1 kilo of Neroli which is obtained via steam distillation. A by-product follows in the form of Orange Flower Water. And when the Orange Flower Water oil compounds are extracted we get a product known as Orange Flower Water Absolute. If the flowers are solvent extracted we get two further materials – Orange Flower Concrete and Orange Blossom Absolute.

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium var. amara

Origin: Tunisia