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Bergamot: What Is It?

Bergamot: What Is It?

Bergamot is one of the most commonly used ingredients in perfumes and, interestingly, has remained a favourite component of fragrance composition since fragrances were invented. Scents that comprise bergamot actually account for over a quarter of our perfumes at – 25% of our fragrances contain bergamot. That’s quite a number!


 Good question. I myself had no idea until I realized I seemed to be typing ‘bergamot’ more often than obvious fragrance additions such as jasmine and rose. Bergamot, pronounced ‘BURGER-MOE’ (sounds like a trendy new American food joint) is actually a CITRUS. Who knew? Not me.

This funky fruit is found most commonly in the southern regions of rural France, and word on the street is that it is a ‘sweet lemon.’ In my mind, that’s code for ‘better lemon.’ Because of the balance it strikes between sweet and sour as well as the strength of its acidity versus its staying power, bergamot is the citrus du jour of summery and wintery fragrances alike. It’s also quite obvious in its scent, which is why it’s most commonly included as a top note in a perfume. LOGIC.

If you’re shopping for a new addition to your fragrance collection at, be sure to check out our product descriptions. Each description contains a list of a fragrance’s top notes, heart notes, and base notes, and if you recognise bergamot as part of a perfume’s top notes, you can be assured that this fragrance is fruity, full-bodied, and dances on the skin.

Here are our top 3 bergamot picks at

  1. Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum by Chanel

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle is a fresh, woody oriental fragrance for women. A light, fresh sophisticated fragrance that features jasmine-rose floral accords, Coco Mademoiselle is the second most popular fragrance by Chanel behind the iconic No. 5 and is the third most popular scent in the world.


Coco Mademoiselle EDP 100 mL, $229.00 at

2. Eau D’Ivoire by Balmain

Balmain Eau D’Ivoire was launched in 2013 as a contemporary testament to Ivoire, the iconic scent Balmain introduced in 1979. D’Ivoire is Ivoire reimagined and is the ultimate scent for contemporary women. This Balmain scent is irresistibly summery, full-bodied and Parisian.


Eau D’Ivoire 100 mL EDT, $79.95 at


3. Bottega Veneta Eau De Parfum

Bottega Veneta is a classical, dry woody fragrance for women. It is the first fragrance from the Italian fashion design house and, like their designs, is understated elegance. This enveloping, luxurious fragrance is enveloping, opulent and has unmatched staying power.


Bottega Veneta 75 mL, $145.00 at

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