Though steam distilled from the same botanical species as neroli and bitter orange, Petitgrain Essential Oil possesses its own characteristically unique aroma. Petitgrain Oil is distilled from the leaves and sometimes the twigs and branches of the tree whereas Neroli Essential Oilis distilled from the blossoms and Sweet Orange Essential Oil is typically cold pressed from the rinds of the fruits.
Because it is distilled from the leaves and sometimes also the twigs, it is less floral and less citrusy in fragrance than Neroli or Orange. It has a beautiful, fresh, woody aroma that blends well with citrus rind and floral oils. It's a joy to work with for aromatic blending and I can honestly say this is one of my favourite single scents.
I find Petitgrain Oil to be uplifting, calming and balancing. The properties are very similar to those of neroli in that it is a sedative, relaxant, tranquillizer and a cardiac tonic. Petitgrain can be used to calm anxieties, to prevent insomnia, and to help patients come off tranquillizers.