Intensely floral and uplifting
Orange flower absolute has an intensely floral aroma and is one of the most popular essential oils used in perfumery. It is also refreshing for the skin and mattifies it.
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. Orange flower is also referred to interchangeably as orange blossom. There is no difference between the two.
Its fruit is used to flavour liqueurs, such as Grand Marnier and Triple sec, and its leaves and twigs provide petitgrain oil (sometimes also called bigarade), another aromatic ingredient Lush uses. 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.