Sunshine in a Bottle

Perhaps the most common note in a perfumer’s palette is a citrus fruit that derives its name from the small citrus trees where it grows. Its fresh, fruity and sweet fragrance creates an uplifting and cheerful aura and rightly earns the name – ‘sunshine in a bottle’. We’re talking about none other than Bergamot.     

The Bergamot fruit is strikingly similar to a lemon and is known to be the result of a cross between an orange tree and a lemon tree. Cultivated for its essential oil, the ripe fruit peel is used in perfumery for its sweet freshness. It has several health benefits too – treats infections, boosts immunity, acts as an anti-depressant, used in skincare, aromatherapy, boosts appetite, treats eating disorders, etc. Its uplifting aroma is the reason why it is commonly used in home diffusers to create a calming ambience. It’s even used to flavour your favourite Earl Grey tea!  

Bergamot in Perfumery

In the world of perfumery, Bergamot is the ultimate team player. Its airy, uplifting and citrusy feel is inviting to the nose and blends effortlessly with other fragrance notes. About half of women perfumes and one-third of all men perfumes contain Bergamot essential oil. Come winter, and the Bergamot fruits get ready to be handpicked. The orange peel is cold pressed to extract the oil, which is then used in perfumery.

Unlike other forms of extracting the essential oil via the conventional steam distillation process, the Bergamot oil is cold compressed. Its ability to blend well with other essential oils makes it a common top note ingredient. It’s said to be the base for the original French ‘Eau De Cologne’.

Spiritually, Bergamot is known to enhance the balance of life and restore stability, its fragrance truly uplifts the soul. Do you have a favourite perfume that includes Bergamot?

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