What on earth is Neroli?
All sorts of exotic words are thrown around these days when it comes to things like skincare ingredients, the latest 'superfood' and fitness fads. Think bone marrow (aka glucosamine), Buddha's Hand (a fruit that looks like said hand) and Kranking (an arm-based cardio workout, not to be confused with the derriere-based, Crumping).
Ever thrown around the word 'antioxidant' or 'photodamage' and never quite been able to explain what it means?
DR JW Skincare says, 'Neroli possesses a powerful, naturally-occuring antioxidant (prevents cell damage). By decreasing free radical (damaging molecules) activity in the skin, it aids in the reversal of photodamage (sun-damaged skin)".
Now let's move on to our next lesson - Neroli!
The active botanical element in Dr JW's anti-wrinkle cream is neroli - that's from the orange blossom of the bitter orange tree.
Native to Southeast Asia and grown commercially in other parts of the world, it grows to around 10 metres with glossy green leaves and pure white flowers from which the oil is extracted (it produces oranges too if you were afraid to ask!)
Historical evidence says the 16th century Princess of Nerola in Italy, made it en vogue by using it to perfume her gloves and her bath. And hence the term 'Neroli' was born!
So why did the founder of DR JW Skincare, Dr Bryan Tan, choose Neroli?
"It's been used since ancient times by the Egyptians for its potent healing qualities" - but not before mentioning: "Do you want to know the truth? It's because it sounds like Negroni" in his true tongue in cheek style.
- SJ x
Sarah is a qualified journalist and beauty therapist who lives and breathes wellness, and adores DR JW's philosophy.