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Article: What is Bergamot?

What is Bergamot?

What is Bergamot?

Ever notice a citrus note you weren’t able to identify or seen bergamot as a top note in a perfume but wasn't sure what it was? This versatile citrus fruit has been a popular element in scented products and teas since the 1700s.

Introducing Bergamot

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is a type of orange that is considered non-edible, because of its sour taste. These fragrant citrus fruits are about the size of a regular orange, with a yellow or green color like lime. Indigenous to Southeast Asia, Bergamot trees are now widely grown on the Ionian Sea coast of Calabria in Southern Italy and many perfumes use the scent to evoke the sunny, relaxed feel of the Mediterranean.

What Does Bergamot Smell Like?

Bergamot has the bright sunniness typical of citrus but with a unique floral and spicy edge. It’s tart, acidic, and highly fragrant. In fact, it is the oil of this fruit that gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive scent and flavor. The oils of bergamot are extracted by cold-pressing the rind. Perfumers love bergamot because it can complement a wide range of scents; from earthy, to herbal, to floral.

Ready to Explore Bergamot?

Perfect for warm temperatures, the unisex scent of bergamot can be a real mood-lifter! Explore some of our favorites that contain this energizing, summery scent.

Bergamot at Home

Bright, sweet citrusy bergamot contrasts with invigorating, herbal rosemary, and both are balanced with notes of lily, vanilla, musk, and blonde woods.

Classic Bergamot

A stroll through Calabria in southern Italy with its beautiful beaches and where the aroma of citrus wafts through the air. This is a classic bergamot fragrance at its finest.

Bergamot After Dark

Bergamask is a sexy release from newcomer Dutch brand Orto Parisi by perfumer Alessandro Gualtieri. The unique unisex scent offers a delicate balance of the eponymous bergamot and bold, animalic musk. Simple, clean, and sensual.

Bergamot All-Year

Launched in 2017 by perfumer Jorge Lee, Hacivat has sparkling bergamot top notes balanced with a woody base. The base of oakmoss, patchouli, and cedar transforms this bergamot into a fragrance wearable year-round.

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