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Perfumery’s “It” Fragrance Note


If you are looking for a fresh, uplifting kick to your fragrance, make sure it contains bergamot. This citrus fruit offers a much fresher and crisp note than its cousin the common lemon.


Category: citrus

Olfactory description: With a more suave note than lemon, bergamot is a fresh, floral, soft sparkling note with a hint of Earl Grey tea. It is less simplistic and identifiable than regular lemon.

Mood: uplifting and energetic

Looks like: a large orange or lemon. It is, in fact, a grafted fruit tree that is one half lemon, one half orange. The plant produces an inedible fruit with a wonderful citrus scent.

Fragrant rind: perfumers use the fruit zest and rind in their fragrance blends.

Extraction method: cold expression of the fruit rind. The oil of the rind is forced under high pressure to produce a good quality essential oil.

Placement: top note. It is used in both men’s and women’s fragrances in chypre and Oriental scents.

Locale: Italy (Calabria and Sicily), South Africa’s Ivory Coast, Guinea, Brazil

History: In tropical Asia and Morocco, bergamot’s zest was used for its healing properties. Hippocrates and the world’s first doctors used the small fruit as a miraculous remedy – as an antiseptic, antiviral, and antidepressant. Some say the Christopher Columbus rediscovered bergamot on a visit to the Canary Islands.

Fragrances that feature bergamot in their top note:

o de lancome

O de Lancome

miss dior blooming bouquet

Miss Dior Eau de Parfum

Coco Chanel

Coco Mademoiselle


mugler angel

Thierry Mugler Angel

classique jean-paul gaultier

Classique by Jean-Paul Gaultier


  • Reply
    Sharon Sweeney
    March 18, 2015 at 12:47 am

    I love perfume and feeling beautiful.

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    Kimberly Wood
    March 17, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks! I didn’t know all those fragrances had those ingredients! I have some perfume to sample!

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    Lori pouncey
    March 17, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Love all your tips and information. Thanks.much ☺

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    Elise Sylvestre
    March 17, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the interesting information! I sure will try one of these fragrances!

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    Pamela Haddad
    March 17, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Very interesting article. I had no idea what it was and never even thought to look it up. Thank you for sharing.

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    Wendy Spielman
    March 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you for the Bergamont review. I was wondering why it was so fresh!

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    Jen L
    March 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I love Bergamot and can sniff it out in anything, yet I had never see what it looks like!

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    March 16, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    love the fragrance it produces

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    September Dee
    March 16, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    O de Lancôme and JP Gauthier Classique are a couple of my favorite scents.

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    March 16, 2015 at 11:21 am

    OMG, I just have to go shopping today. Can’t wait to smell these fragrances. I really need a mood enhancer to feel energy and zest. And some sunshine wouldn’t hurt either.

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    Mary Dailey
    March 16, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I have to admit, I wasn’t sure how it grew or what it was exactly, but it is one fragrance I love in perfumes and candles! Thank you, I learned something today!

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