I’m going to let you in on a little-known perfume secret: When a floral perfume smells particularly delectable, it’s likely due to the addition of one note. That note is orange blossom, and when it’s added to fragrances, they morph into something truly delectable.
Orange blossoms are gorgeous white flowers that bloom on orange trees. They’ve been blended into perfumes for centuries, and have even been touted as an aphrodisiac. Orange blossoms work so well in perfumes because their scent is so complex—they don’t just smell floral, but they also have notes of citrus, honey, and even greenery. Orange blossom oil (also known as neroli oil) is really potent and a little goes a long way, so perfumers consider it a specialty oil.
You’ll likely find whiffs of orange blossoms in a lot of your favorite perfumes, as they add a certain je ne sais quoi to just about everything they touch. I’ve rounded up my nine recommendations if you’re on the market for an orange blossom-centric scent—so get ready for the endless compliments to roll in.