Neroli Adulteration

August 07 2018 3 Comment(s)

Neroli oil is distilled from the flower of the bitter orange tree. It’s a relatively rare oil, and is fairly expensive, priced at $3,000 per bulk shipment. Due to it’s price and availability, producers often create adulterated neroli oil. Aside from using carrier oils, there are two ways in which to adulterate oil: aromachemical adulteration and similar oils or their isolates.

Aromachemical Adulteration

Natural aromachemical adulteration includes the use of linalool, linalyl acetate, beta pinene, and myrcene. Synthetic fossil fuel based adulteration uses linalool, lenalyl acetate, indole, methyl Anthranilate, and nerolidol.

Similar Oils or their Isolates

There are many oils which can be used to create neroli oil. Petigrain and bitter orange, which are from the same tree, are both often used. Distilled orange and bergamot are also used, as well as any other citrus oils with limonene. A unique oil that is used is ho wood. Lavender and lavandin are also used to create neroli oil. Neroli Adulterants APRC 2018 Facebook

Comments and responses

  • Janet Parnell:

    15 Aug 2018 01:14:00

    Thank you for putting this information out there. It is a wonderful service that you are providing. Please know you are appreciated.

  • Robin:

    29 Aug 2018 03:40:00

    Thank you for this info.. HOW can I know if Neroli isn’t really Neroli??

    APRC REPLY: Great question Robin! The best way is to have it tested by a trusted third-party source. If the distributor does not make those tests results available, you can have a sample tested yourself.

  • Wendie:

    30 Nov 2018 14:37:00

    Thanks for all the good information! How do I test myself?

    APRC Response: Hi Wendie! There aren't any proven hacks for testing if oils are pure or not. The best way to know is if the seller provides reliable third-party testing results on each oil. You can always reach out to us if you want to have an oil tested.

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