The orange blossom is the white flower of the bigaradier, a bitter orange tree found in countries around the Mediterranean.
It is the main ingredient in our Silence des Calanques perfume, and gives this oriental floral heart that perfectly complements the aquatic top notes. In Blooming Summer, it gives a very sweet and powdery note, very "cocooning".
Depending on how it is obtained (steam distillation of the petals or direct extraction with volatile solvents), we obtain Neroli or Orange Blossom Absolute respectively.
We use it in both forms in our perfumes, as Neroli brings a fresh and floral mood, whereas the absolute has a more powerful, waxy and powdery smell.
The infatuation with the scent of orange blossom began very early in Morocco and Tunisia and then in European countries from the 10th century onwards. The name Neroli comes from the Princess of Neroli, who used orange blossom as a perfume for her bath and clothes in the late 17th century.