Orange You Happy?
It's sweet, but not too sweet. Light, but somehow heady. And though it has yet to be classified as a controlled substance, neroli—a.k.a. orange blossom—is as addictive a scent as a girl can find. Or this girl, anyway. In fact, when Intelligent Nutrients recently launched a collection of USDA Certified Organic Aromatics at the New York home of founder Horst Rechelbacher (who also happens to have founded Aveda), Horst himself caught me mid-fix: I'd been handed a neroli-misted tissue, and just as I began shamelessly huffing the thing, he ambled my way. Perhaps out of pity—or some well honed enabler's reflex—he removed his own neroli stash from a deep pocket, then gave the unmarked, lovingly worn bottle to me. And good God, did I get the vapors. I was experiencing the wellness world's equivalent of something I'd seen only once before, when an otherwise sane-seeming audience member went to absolute pieces upon winning the guitar Bruce Springsteen had just been playing onstage at the Bob Woodruff Foundation's annual (and by the way, excellent) Stand Up for Heroes event.
Photography by: Linda W1 via Flickr (Orange Blossom image)
Just this side of unscented, Caldrea Sea Salt & Neroli Hand Balm ($10, drugstore.com) is fragranced lightly enough to be a good kitchen companion. Still, even in its subtlest state, neroli is heavenly.