Cleopatra, the last great Monarch of Egypt who famously seduced Cesar and Marc Anthony, and is one of history’s icons of immortal beauty and power, spent a fortune on creating her own custom line of beauty products.
Her favorite perfume? Neroli Oil.
Neroli was one of Cleopatra’s secret weapons for eternal beauty. She used Neroli in all her skin care and perfumery to stay attractive and lure lovers. Legend has it that she even soaked the sails of her ships with perfumes when she went to meet Mark Anthony.
What is Neroli?
Neroli is a pale yellow essential oil from the amara species of the bitter orange blossom. Due to its delicate nature, neroli oil is extracted from the blossom using a water distillation instead of steam. It is a non-toxic essential oil. Reports of allergic reactions are very rare.
The fragrance is described as sweet and floral. Some believe it to be more calming than lavender.
Neroli mixes extremely well with other oils and ingredients, making it popular in skin care, beauty and body products.
It is one of the most effective and versatile skin care ingredients. It is known to help with:
- Acne breakouts, including blemish and pimple control
- Uplift moods
- Relieve anxiety
According to a 2008 study published in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, aromatherapy using neroli oil proved to help reduce anxiety among the study subjects during physical exercise in the same way as Xanax