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.
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.