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There is one thing we noticed after dealing with perfumes for more than a decade: some fragrant materials smell best during seasons when plants they come from thrive. So the ideal time to savor a citrus perfume is summer. During winter months (that's our observation as well) citrus notes tend to be shy and sleepy.
For mid summer we picked the best bergamot perfumes by various outstanding perfume houses we stock.
"Something with bergamot" is a very popular request. However, it's a classic, very versatile top note - so it happens to be in around 60% of the formulas. Bergamot has a pleasant (and not compromised by the use in cleaning products) citrus aroma. It seamlessly fits into floral, amber, gourmand and woody compositions, hence its popularity. But this way searching for a bergamot themed perfume turns into a quest - the note is everywhere but formulas built exclusively around this fleeting citrus note are rare.
In this edit there are perfumes for reference as well as examples of how bergamot can be styled with fresh woods, soft incense and amber. There is even a perfume where bergamot aroma is coming from an entirely different plant.
Parterre are adventurous horticulturalists from Dorset who experiment with plants that usually do not grow on the British Isles, Whereas they have been successful with cultivating vetiver, with citruses they established that there is not enough sun and warm weather. However, they managed to find a variety of mint that smells a lot like bergamot. So in this perfume the bergamot part is performed by a herb.
Perris is a house who set some classic material as the main theme of a perfume. They also always go for the best materials they can source from around the world. For Bergamotto Di Calabria they acquired special "sponge extraction" bergamot oil from the Capua in South Italy. In this region the traditional artisans still perform the extraction manually. Each fruit is sliced in half, the pulp removed, and the rind impressed on a natural sponge in a circular motion to collect the essence. The bergamot rind extract obtained with this method has the most delicate and complex aroma, with a hint of jasmine.
J.U.S. are working on an open formula basis so with Gingerlise we know the bergamot content: 10%. It's quite present in the fragrant space of this perfume. However, ginger in this blend tends to draw more attention with bergamot used to make the root's aroma juicier.
Inspired by the Algerian sea coast in high summer this perfume has a lot of delicious bergamot sweetness adding carefree vibes and sunny mood. The citrus rests on fresh herbs and a sea breeze accord – which do not overwhelm it but on the contrary support it.