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.
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
Miss Dior Eau de Parfum
Thierry Mugler Angel
Classique by Jean-Paul Gaultier
Sharon SweeneyMarch 18, 2015 at 12:47 am
I love perfume and feeling beautiful.
Kimberly WoodMarch 17, 2015 at 9:10 pm
Thanks! I didn’t know all those fragrances had those ingredients! I have some perfume to sample!
Lori pounceyMarch 17, 2015 at 8:25 pm
Love all your tips and information. Thanks.much ☺
Elise SylvestreMarch 17, 2015 at 8:21 pm
Thanks for the interesting information! I sure will try one of these fragrances!
Pamela HaddadMarch 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.
Wendy SpielmanMarch 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm
Thank you for the Bergamont review. I was wondering why it was so fresh!
Jen LMarch 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!
cathyMarch 16, 2015 at 5:13 pm
love the fragrance it produces
September DeeMarch 16, 2015 at 12:22 pm
O de Lancôme and JP Gauthier Classique are a couple of my favorite scents.
KamgrawMarch 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.
Mary DaileyMarch 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!