The many skin benefits of neroli oil have been known for as long as its aromatherapy benefits. If you've heard of neroli, it's likely because of your perfume. It's a pricey, citrus oil that's popular for luxury, unisex scents because of its sweet-but-not-too-sweet fragrance profile, according to GQ.
Neroli oil comes from orange blossoms and it takes a whole lot of them to make just an ounce of this known aphrodisiac, which is why it costs so much more than other citrus oils like lemon. The wonders of neroli oil don't stop with its intoxicating aroma; according to sources at Livestrong, the calming sensation of neroli oil also have beneficial effects on the skin due to its antibacterial properties. According to celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, neroli oil promotes new cell growth, improves elasticity, and has circulatory stimulation properties that make this oil an aging babe's dream come true.
Fortunately, you don't have to peer closely at the back of every beauty product to see if it contains this fantastic essential oil. Neroli oil is easily purchased at your local health food, vitamin store, or even online, so you can add it to any of your existing skincare for an extra boost. If you've caught a whiff of this oil, you're probably already wondering what you can do to reap all these skin bennies. Check out a few ways neroli can lift your senses and hopefully some skin flaws as well.
1. Add Neroli Oil To A Foot Bath
Since neroli oil can stimulate circulation, I was pretty excited to add it to my new foot bath with a touch of calendula oil as a carrier. Add a few drops to your bath and allow your feet to calm down from a day of hard work and/or dancing.
2. Make A Rejuvenating Hand Butter
For ultimate hydration for dry hands, blend together one and a half ounces of coconut oil and a half an ounce of cocoa butter. Add a dollop of vegetable glycerin and then four drops of neroli oil and four drops of frankincense essential oil to get your hand cream smelling like a million bucks.
3. Whip Up A Hydrating Facial Mist
Just because hot weather has come to an end for most of us doesn't mean a solid facial mist shouldn't be in your skincare regimen. Add drops of neroli oil to your fave facial mist recipe; I love using homemade rosewater with a touch of freshly extracted aloe vera. Spritz your mist whenever you need a pick-me-up.
4. DIY Bath Salts
If you're already accustomed to making your own bath salts, then look no further for a scrumptious new addition. Add equal portions of neroli, jasmine, and ylang ylang essential oils to a coconut oil and sea salt scrub and get ready to relax yourself into ultimate luxury. I like to add a teaspoon of grapeseed oil to add some extra moisture and, of course, make sure those essentials are properly diluted.
5. Put Together An Evening Restorative Serum
A great way to smooth wrinkles, dark spots, and control oil is to use neroli oil as an evening serum before you catch your nightly zz's. According to sources at Mercola, neroli oil can be used to get rid of blemishes and treat oily skin. I add a few drops of neroli and clary sage oil, a teaspoon of sea buckthorn to about an ounce of raw, unrefined coconut oil for a nightly moisturizing serum.
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