Ingredient Spotlight: Bergamot

In perfume’s long and lavish history, few ingredients have evoked the essence of sunshine quite like bergamot. This little citrus marvel has graced fragrant concoctions for centuries, weaving its zesty aroma deep into the archives of perfumery. But what exactly is bergamot, and why are perfumers drawn to it?  In honor of International Fragrance Day (March 21st), we unveil bergamot’s luminous charm and reveal why it’s an indispensable ingredient in two of our Grace de Monaco fragrances.

What it is

Bergamot, botanically known as Citrus bergamia, is a citrus fruit cultivated primarily in the sun-drenched groves of Southern Italy. Its appearance is reminiscent of a small, pear-shaped orange, with a rough peel that changes from a deep green to an orangey-yellow color during the ripening process. Bergamot has a flavor that balances tartness and sweetness - citrus notes that have been known to complement other robust flavors, like that of black tea or Earl Grey.  

How it smells

What truly sets bergamot apart, however, is its exquisite aroma. Valued for its aromatic properties, bergamot oil found its way into the hands of early perfumers who recognized the harmony of its aroma - simultaneously bright and zesty, with a hint of floral sweetness. This unique profile lends bergamot the versatility to play various roles within a fragrance composition, adding depth and complexity while infusing a characteristic effervescence. 

Beyond perfumery, bergamot’s versatile essence has found its way into numerous modern applications like aromatherapy, cleaning products, and skincare. Its uplifting fresh aroma is said to promote relaxation and mental clarity, while its natural antibacterial properties are another reason it’s a popular choice in household and skincare products.

Its role in a fragrance

Bergamot often takes center stage as a top note, opening the fragrance with a burst of energy. When used as a middle note, bergamot adds a radiant, sun-kissed warmth that helps to carry and round out floral notes. Occasionally, it will appear in the base notes, paired with spicy or woody notes, lending a subtle freshness to the dry down.

How we’ve used it

In our Grace de Monaco fragrances, bergamot takes on new dimensions, each scent showcasing its unique versatility. In Promenade Sur Le Rocher, bergamot is at the forefront, its citrusy notes mingling with rose centifolia and pushing the lush floral notes forward. The result is a bold, vibrant, and elegant essence. 

In Ombre Sereine, bergamot plays a supporting role, but its presence is no less luminous. Velvety florals and warm, woody, sophisticated notes soften the bergamot’s citrusy brightness.  The result is an exhilarating, provocative, and passionate essence.

Its timeless essence

What truly distinguishes bergamot from other citrus fruits is its multifaceted nature. While oranges and lemons may dominate the world of culinary citrus, bergamot finds its niche in perfumery, where its luminous aroma guides the senses through a citrusy, floral experience. Its complexity allows it to seamlessly transition between roles within a fragrance, whether as a fresh top note, a sunny heart note, or a subtle base note, lending depth and dimension to compositions with ease. Bergamot's essence remains timeless and irresistible, leaving its sparkling mark on the modern world of fragrance, wellness, and beyond. 

Click here and here to discover the Grace de Monaco fragrances and home accents that showcase the allure and versatility of bergamot.