Saturday, June 27th is National Orange Blossom Day and though the orange blossom doesn’t get the same attention as its’ fruit (the orange) does, the orange blossom is where this fruit first originates from and not-so-surprisingly, it takes center stage to those in the know.
The Orange BlossomÂ can be foundÂ in the most delicious food and drink recipes (think Middle Eastern recipes, yummy sweet treats, cocktails, tea and more), the most gorgeous bridal bouquets and even in special beauty products for skin care, bath time, fragrance and aromatherapy.
Orange Blossom water is theÂ byproduct from the process of the distillation of orange blossoms for Neroli Essential Oil, oftenÂ used in addition to or in place of orange blossom water. Both come from the bitter orange tree and both areÂ used extensively in the beauty world, coveted for theirÂ uplifting, calming aromatherapeutic benefits as well as its other perks.
Here, a roundup of some of our favorites ways to experience this pleasingly aromatic bloom and add a little lifeÂ to your beauty routine:
Soap & Paper Factory Shea Butter Hand Cream in Neroli ($18) is extremely moisturizing, protective and lightly scented with pure orange blossom. Shea Butter has unparalleled moisturizing and healing properties soÂ your hands will feel soft, soothed and smoothed plusÂ you’ll love the fresh, restorative, delicate fragrance that the bloom brings forth.
Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Skin Refining Oil ($41), an overnight face oil will have you waking up to healthier looking, brighter, glowing skin. Apply 3-5 drops of the oil into your palms and press into skin at bedtime, the ideal time to protect against free radical damage and prep skin so it’s primed to face the day ahead. Salicylic acid and vitamins C and E will gently slough dead surface cells and the added aromatherapeutic essential oils like neroli, valerian, and vanilla will help you get a good night’s sleep.
Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30Â CandleÂ ($85) smells divine! It combines the purest Jasmine flowers with tangy Orange Blossom notes for a fragrance that’s meant to capture the feel of Provence. No matter where you reside, light it up and let it take you there!
Philosophy Living Grace Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel ($25) is a creamy 3-in-1 multitasking cleanser and conditioner that willÂ gently wash, condition and soften you from head to toe. Simply work it into a lather for your hair and bodyÂ before rinsing clean.Â The uplifting, light, fresh scent ofÂ neroli, musk and lily of the valley will linger on your skin and hair so you’ll continue to reap the benefits long after it’s gone down the drain.
Vita Liberata Neroli & Argan Milk Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($45) will protect you from the damaging UVA and UVB rays of the sunâ€¦and then some. If you’re in the market for sun protection that’s also got skin soothing, restorativeÂ qualities you’ll love theÂ non-greasy formula. It includes Neroli Oil to help balance and rejuvenate yourÂ skin as well as Argan Oil for its hydrating, antioxidant, skin-protective benefits. You’ll also value the factÂ that it’s absorbed easily and even water resistant for up to eight hours.