Thread: bergamot: how does it smell like
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Go grab a tea bag of Earl Grey tea and give it a good whiff - it smells very prominently of bergamot. Sort of a sweet, boozy-ish citric smell.
I think the most prominent bergamot I've ever smelled is the one from L'Occitane, Bergamot Tea EdT. Also, Shalimar by Guerlain supposedly has a very large dose of bergamot in the top notes, but it's so overdosed that it actually doesn't smell like a normal bergamot accord and instead rather smells skanky and a bit animalic - which I personally love.
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One of my favorites: The Different Company's Bergamot
Try some Creed Citrus Bigarrade
Full, "round," smokey (or perhaps that's just because most of us in the US associate it with tea drinks), perhaps a bit of a fermented element to it as well.
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For me it's a very tart orange taste, but one that doesn't make you wince.
I like the smell of bergamot. It smells fresh, clean without being boring.
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I agree with Mike's suggestion to sniff some earl grey tea. That's what bergamot smells like.
It's a citrus, but it doesn't really have the sharpness of lemons, limes, tangerines, oranges, etc. It's featured in (probably) most men's fragrances-- but you won't really be able to pick it out until you've spent some time with the oil and understand its facets.
If you get a chance to compare Dior Homme edt and Dior Homme Cologne, you will see that there is a huge boost of bergamot in the Cologne--it's a good example for looking at a scent with two different dosings of bergamot (there are other differences as well, but the amped up bergamot in the Cologne is, for me, the most striking difference).
Bergamot DOES lack character (compared to other citrus notes), but it's one of those notes that "plays very well with others". There's a reason that it's such a commonly utilized note in perfumery. It gives a freshness and a rounded citric character without dominating the "signature" of a composition. Where most citruses contribute a breathy, high frequency sibilance to the intro of a composition, bergamot has more of a body and it's softer and more mellow-- but this body creates a solid structural bridge between the top, middle and basenotes.
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To me...Visualize 4/1/1 parts agitated lime/lemon/orange peel, respectively. I have a bottle of Bergamot essential oil and also Italian Bergamot / J.Steele as offered through the Perfumer's Apprentice.
A couple years ago, when my bottle count was closing in on only too too many and I had more time on my hands, I plotted all their note breakdowns on a spreadsheet. Assuming pyramid accuracy in notes... Bergamot came in as the most often used note: used in almost 50% of the bottles in my inventory. Kinda seems like it's in everything.
Of what I've got, I really appreciate its prominence in Aqua di Parma's Bergamotto of Calambria AND Gianfranco Ferre's Bergamotto Marino (to echo others). I believe it also adds immensely to other favorites of mine: 3rd Man, Original Vetiver, Cuba, Davidoff, Bowling Green, MdM, Eau d'Hermes, Equipage, K10, and very much so in both 4711 and Green Water.
I was also impressed with a sample of the Bergamote 22 from Le Labo, but just a little too pricey for me all things considered.
Roll down to your nearest Whole Foods and have a sniff!
It's possibly the most unique citrus oil because it has so much complexity and so many facets to it: limey, herbal overtones, resinous undertones; it's also rather dry compared to lime and orange oil, and even a little drier than many lemon oils too. It's no wonder that it is used so much in perfumery.
For those of you who have never smelled bergamot before, it's in its own class, in the same type of family with grapefruit and lemon.
The smell is very fine, terpene-woody, in a more citrus sort of way, aromatic like grapefruit but maybe a little closer to orange, without as much sweetness, and the fragrance is more complex and deep. It kind of reminds me of a varnish, but in a more edible type of way. Some varieties of roses have a bergamot note in their fragrance. In fact I rather suspect that may be the reason they were originally called "Tea roses".
Imagine a very fine aromatic tart orange peel, but dulled down without the bright top notes. It just smells so unique and compelling, in the same way that cedar or patchouli does. The aroma is an edible one, but it's borderline. Could be used in tea or fragrance. More edible than jasmine but less than cloves, I would say.
I agree with the suggestion of smelling some Earl Grey tea; it's all there. Also, I wonder if I'm the only one who made this association, but the smell of Fruity Pebbles cereal seems closely related to bergamot. I think it's related to all the esters used in the flavoring.
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From a strictly personal, subjective, therefore not 100% accurate viewpoint:
like still very clean and soapy citrus with an oily, slightly candied but not overly sweet and/or almost medicinal-astringent, quite zesty and pungent hint.
Mostly preferring this particular note not just in masculine fragrances alone, but in various unisex ones as well: from the inexpensive ones by Yardley, Yves Rocher, L`Occitane, Woods of Windsor etc. to the more upscale ones by ADP.
Last edited by Ken_Russell; 17th October 2016 at 04:20 PM.
Oddly, some bergamots smell heavily solventy to me; others, just clean and citric. I can't predict which perfumes will be one or the other, jsut by studying the notes, I have to get my nose on them
Ha! Bergamot has always reminded me of Fruit Loops. Glad I'm not completely crazy.
edit: that was supposed to be a reply to you, runstile. Oh well.
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-- Creamy, salty-sweet, an oaky nuttiness . . . You detect that?
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Oud & Bergamot by Jo Malone
Bergamote Soleil by Atelier Cologne
Bergamot is in the top notes of Ambre Nuit by Christian Dior
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- Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vtg)
- Paco Rabanne pour homme (vtg)
- Armani: Acqua di Gio Profumo
- Davidoff: Leather Blend Edp
- Ferrari: Essence Oud Edp
- Dior: Fahrenheit (vtg)
- YSL: Kouros (Fraîcheur)
- Mancera: Cedrat Boise
- MPG: Santal Noble
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