Bergamot sounds a little weird, doesn’t it? However, you will be surprised to know that it is a citrus fruit that is found in the southern region of Italy, particularly in the province of Reggio Calabria.
The fruit sounds extremely unfamiliar as it is not pleasing to taste. It tastes more like a bitter citrus fruit and is used as smelling agents in multiple perfumes and fragrance cosmetics.
In this guide, we’ll be discussing all things Bergamot, so let’s dive in!
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What is Bergamot?
Bergamots are recognized as a class of inedible citruses because of their extremely bitter taste. The word Bergamot comes from the French word, “bergamote”, which was originated from the Italian word “bergamotta” which is a name for one of their towns.
You can easily distinguish a bergamot from other citrus fruits as it has a thick green flesh as compared to other fruits in the citrus family. The fruit is one of the most popular essential oils used by major perfume and fragrance companies.
What Does Bergamot Smell Like?
We are obviously a little curious on what this unique fruit smells like. Bergamot belongs to the family of citrus so it will obviously have that bitter yet sweet tart like smell.
Citrus have been known for their acidic smell, however, bergamot is a little different. It has its own floral kick to the acidic smell.
The scent of bergamot is extremely flexible and compliments different kinds of scents such as sandalwood, rosemary, jasmine and vetiver. This quality of bergamot makes it the first choice for many companies.
Moreover, the fruit is also known as the “prince of citrus” which has an underlying yet subtle spiciness attached to it. If you have never smelled a bergamot, go grab the Earl Gray Tea from your pantry which is made up of bergamot.
When asked around, many people described the scent of a bergamot as a hybrid between lemon and orange. They explained it as, “the sourness of lime combined with the sweetness of orange- but more mellow and rounded”.
Where Does the Scent Come From?
Extracting the scent out of the fruit is a tedious process. A proper extraction process is carried out which produces an essential oil from the rinds and the juice of the bergamot orange.
The process is not only demanding in terms of appliances but is also a long and exhausting process. Statistically, almost 100 fruits of bergamot yield around only 3 ounces of oil. This is one of the prime reasons that bergamot perfumes and essential oils are expensive.
The composition of the bergamot oil is of utmost importance as the chemicals in them form the final aroma. It contains 37.2% limonene, 30.1% linalyl acetate and 8.8% linalool.
By now you would have guessed that the smell of bergamot is highly influenced by the smells of lemons. Linaly acetate is what makes the scent floral and sweet while limanone has that citrusy scent.
Benefits of Bergamot
The benefits of bergamot are extremely fascinating. It is one of the known frangnants that activate the nervous system. Citrus scents are known to energize you to start up your day. This scent has been used in aromatherapy where people who lack the energy to kick start their day are made to smell this scent.
Moreover, the scent is also known to eradicate your tensions and stresses and kickstart your energy for the day. Not only this, the oil is known to relax muscle stresses when applied to the affected area, it is known to soothe inflammation and muscle tension.
Moreover, the oils are extremely beneficial for the improvement of mental health. Experts have explained its usage as it, “lightens a heavy heart, lifts stagnation and encourages confidence.” It is also known to have a positive impact on your mood.
Furthermore, pregnant women frequently use bergamot oil as it is known to eradicate the uncomfortable feelings of vomiting and nausea. The benefits are not only limited to this, it is also known as cholesterol regular and acts as an antibacterial ointment.
What is Similar to Bergamot?
Bergamot is an expensive essential oil with immense qualities. However, using essential oils is not always the perfect way to use this scent. Essential oils are usually harsh and can cause irritation to sensitive skin.
Moreover, around 99% of the essential oils are known as extremely comedogenic i.e, They are known to close pores and cause acne. Thus, it is extremely important that you mix the essential oil with a carrier oil before using. However, a better way of using this in your everyday life is to get scented candles that smell like bergamot.
It is one of the most hassle free yet effective ways to incorporate the smell of bergamot in your everyday routine. Need a while to unwind from the daily stresses of work and job, just light up your scented candles and read your comfort book. Want to start your day with some refreshing energy, light up the bergamot candle and you are good to go.
Is Bergamot a Feminine Smell?
One of the major concerns clients face while selecting a bergamot oriented scent is the gender it represents. In the 21st century, most of the fashion products produced are known for their quality.
The idea of unisex have taken a stronger grip over the fashion industry and more and more people have started accepting the fact that fragrances are supposed to describe you.
No company can restrict its products to one customer. You have to decide for yourself if the scent describes your personality or not. However, the citrus scents are known to be one of the most liked unisex fragnances. They are floral but not overpowering and are rich but not so bold.
Is Bergamot a Strong Smell?
The bergamot is a little different from other citrus scents as it is known to be stronger and better. The scent is a bold one but yet floral.
Bergamot is a perfect combination of citrusy, tangy and floral smells. It can be easily incorporated with other kinds of smell that will not allow the bergamot to intimidate other scents.
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