Citrus aurantium Amara
Extracted from the Bitter Orange Flowers
Central Egypt--Nile Valley
Welcome to a new oil (or at least from a different producer) for us--this is Orange Blossom, Orange flower, but solvent extracted instead of distilled. This makes a big difference in the olfactory experience; more compounds are extracted in this method--the temperature is lower, and the tenacity is stronger. This is an oil quite suitable for perfumery--it's a bit difficult to work with, but very rewarding.
Orange flower absolute is a dark brown or dark orange colored, viscous liquid with an intensely floral, heavy, rich, warm, but also delicate and fresh, long lasting odor, closely resembling the odor of fresh bitter orange blossoms
He goes on to say that
This absolute certainly has notes in common with jasmine absolute, it has a much more versatile application as a floral "fond" when used at a comparatively low concentration. It shows pleasant , but peculiar and characteristic, sweet-herbaceous undertone, not unlike the one found in jasmine. It also has a freshness which he says is quite surprising given that it's an extract of such tenacity. He recommends paring this absolute with Neroli essential oil as both oils together will represent more of a complete picture of orange flower, being quite different parts of the total gamut of orange flower fragrance.
This absolute forms excellent combinations with all citrus oils, petitgrain, linalool, and myrrh.
It's also used in flavors as a very universal "bouquet" material with delightful effects in many types of fruit flavor and even peppermint or spearmint
Orange blossom, piquantly-scented white,
Traditionally a bride's delight,
A glory budding on the trees,
Such beauty as one rarely sees,
Blossoms displayed in a bridal bouquet,
To make all the lovelier her day, The blossom that will precede the fruit,
That brims with vital attribute, Oranges nestled in leaves of dark green,
The fruit bred of blossom fit for a queen.
Copyright © Beth Evans
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