Light and refreshing, bergamot is one of our most favorite fragrance notes. If you own citrus-based scents, there’s a good chance that some of them are concocted with bergamot oil - one of the most widely used ingredients in perfumery.
Bergamot’s crisp and sunny scent brings to mind a warm summer day. When paired with other light perfume notes, bergamot oil contributes a fresh, out-of-the-shower flair that’s great when worn casually at work or when hitting the gym. When matched with warmer base notes like musk or amber, bergamot reveals its more sensual side - perfect for dates or formal events.
So, what exactly is bergamot and what does it smell like? Here’s everything you need to know about this fragrant citrus fruit.
What is bergamot?
Bergamot is a type of citrus fruit that's harvested from the tropical Bergamia plant. It's often found in Mediterranean countries. Also called "bergamot orange", it's one of the most delicate citrus plants and requires special soil and climate in order to thrive.
The fruit of the Bergamot plant may be likened to a regular orange in terms of size. Its color resembles that of lime, often green or yellow depending on its ripeness.
The fruit has a bumpy and irregular skin. When eaten on its own, bergamot tastes tart, bitter, and highly acidic - a taste not many will love. In cooking, the fruit's flesh may be used in baking. Bergamot is also the main flavoring of Earl Grey tea.
What does Bergamot smell like?
When bergamot oil is extracted from the bergamot fruit, it may be used in perfumes, aromatherapy, and various personal care products.
In perfumes, bergamot may have a sweet, tart, and sunny aroma with a unique floral and spicy edge that sets it apart from other citrus scents. It’s crisp, tangy, juicy, and refreshing - the type of scent that best evokes “freshness”. It's best when combined with other fragrance notes like sandalwood, rosemary, vetiver, and jasmine.
Bergamot is praised for a plethora of researched benefits, including its stress relief, mood regulation, and antibacterial properties.
Our favorite bergamot perfumes
Clinique Happy Women
Nothing utilizes bergamot's crisp and sunny freshness better than Clinique Happy for women. This well-loved Clinique entry features juicy notes of apple, plum, bergamot, blood grapefruit, and Indian mandarin.
Lanvin Eclat D'Arpege
Made for the modern man, Eclate D'Arpege Pour Homme opens with sunny notes of bergamot, mandarin, and lime that later transitions into a sophisticated woodsy blend of cedar, sandalwood, and musk. This is a more sensual take on Bergamot!
Warm, cozy, and comforting, Bvlgari Goldea is bergamot made sophisticated. It opens with notes of orange blossom, bergamot, and raspberry with middle notes of ylang-ylang and jasmine. The base notes of amber, patchouli, and musk are what really turn this masterpiece into a date night stunner.
Versace Yellow Diamond
This airy floral fragrance offers a very feminine take on bergamot, with opening notes of lemon, neroli, pear sorbet, and of course, bergamot. Moments later and Yellow Diamond evolves into more sophisticated wear, with heart and base notes of freesia, water lily, amber, musk, and guaiac wood.
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