Citrus & green
Citrus fragrances have a cooling, refreshing and exhilarating quality. Their compositions are based on lemon, orange and bergamot with more aromatic/sharp notes for men and more floral notes for women. Citrus fragrances are often accented with green, herbal notes to help stimulate and revive the senses - a classic combination for warmer weather
Five common notes...
1. Lemon & lime
Clean, fresh and sparkling, the scent of lemon is said to uplift the mood and invigorate the senses. Lime notes are similar but slightly sharper, lighter and sweeter than that of the lemon, and at the same time more intense. Lemon and lime are often used together as top notes of fragrance compositions.
Just like the taste, the scent of grapefruit is tart and tangy with a slight bitter edge. It is used for both female and male perfumes and is predominately powerful in top notes; it has a fresh and zesty start to the composition and provides a lively introduction to the middle and base notes.
Green notes are fresh and lively and they are used to make a fragrance feel crisp and sharp, bringing to mind the great outdoors and the exciting scents of nature. Green notes often include green leaves, tea leaves, the essence of freshly cut grass and juniper. Green notes are most commonly used in sporty fragrances and summertime editions of popular perfumes.
There are many different variants of this scent ? from the bright, green freshness of orange flowers to bitter blood orange and sweet, juicy mandarin. They all share a sensual and neroli-like trait. Orange-based scents can be relaxing and calming, and add a sparkling citrus note to fragrant blends.
Bergamot orange is a cross between pear lemon and Seville orange or grapefruit. This fruit is not edible and is cultivated solely for the use of its essential oil. Crisp, clean and juicy with a subtle peppery shimmer, bergamot is often used in fragrances as a top note as it complements floral middle notes beautifully.