Orange Blossom


Fragrance Synthetic and Natural

No known benefits

Orange Blossom at a glance

  • Orange blossoms are the white-to-ivory flowers characteristic of orange trees
  • These blossoms can produce extracts, oil and waters
  • Used primarily for perfuming in cosmetics and skin care
  • Its aromatic compounds, like linalool, can sensitize skin

Orange Blossom description

Orange blossom is a fragrant skin care ingredient most commonly derived from the flowers of _Citrus sinensis_ and _Citrus aurantium_ orange trees. These blossoms have a star-like appearance, with five petals that are white-to-ivory in color, and they emit a warm scent that has floral and citrus notes. Orange blossom ingredients range from extract and oils to infused waters. These ingredients can contain volatile aromatic compounds like linalool that can cause sensitization. Even if sensitization isn’t observed after application to skin, volatile compounds can wreak havoc within skin, causing damage you won’t see or feel until years later. The percentage used in skin care depends on whether the orange blossom ingredient is an extract, oil or water. Often times, orange blossom and neroli are confused for one another due to having similar aromas; however, they’re separate ingredients that can be taken from different parts of the same plant. Outside of skin care, orange blossoms are also used in the food industry

Orange Blossom references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, November 2021, pages 53S-76S
  • Molecules, April 2021, pages 1–21
  • Current Organic Chemistry, December 2013, pages 3,042-3,049
  • Phytochemistry, July-August 2009, pages 1,428-1,434

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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