Turning dowm the belief that masculine fragrances must be heavy and intense,bergamot has climbed the olfactory ranks to become one of the most desired smells in men’s grooming.
You could say that bergamot is almost everywhere. We can smell it in a lot of fragrances. It is an essential note to the Cologne accord, among with orange, lemon, petit-grain, mandarin, neroli, lavender, thyme, rosemary... Its refreshing smell is also used very frequently in fresh fragrances in general.
But because of its richness when compared to other citrus materials, bergamot really does separate the men from the boys.
Citrus bergamia, the bergamot orange is a fragrant citrus fruit in the size of an orange, with a yellow or green color similar to a lime,depending on ripeness.
Genetic research into the ancestral origins of extant citrus cultivars found bergamot orange to be a probable hybrid of lemon and bitter orange. Extracts have been used to scent food, perfumes, and cosmetics. The word bergamot is etymologically derived from the Italian word "bergamotto",ultimately of Turkish origin: bey armudu or bey armut :prince's pear or prince of pears.
Production is mostly limited to the Ionian Sea coastal areas of the province of Reggio di Calabria in Italy, to such an extent that it is a symbol of the entire city. Most of the bergamot comes from a short stretch of land there, where the temperature is favourable. The fruit is also produced in Argentina, Brazil, Algeria, the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, and South-East Asia where it has its roots.
The fruit is not generally grown for juice consumption. Bergamot peel is one of the most common ingredients used in perfumery, because of its ability to combine with an array of scents.The first record of bergamot oil as a fragrance ingredient was in 1714, to be found in the Farina Archive in Cologne.Bergamot essential oil is a cold-pressed essential oil produced by cells inside the rind of a bergamot orange fruit. It is a classic flavoring and top note in perfumes.
Unlike heavier ingredients such as oud and musk ,bergamot offers a fresher scent but couldn’t be accused of being boring thanks to its complex character.
Bergamot is sometimes called “the finest flower of citrus”, because of its very subtle and complex scent, much more than other citruses. An acidulous and fresh scent, obviously, but also bitter, fruity, and subtly floral with a mild spicy tone.
Aside from the fact that bergamot smells pleasantly rich, the oil’s relative scarcity has helped to maintain its status as an A-list aroma. Traditionally the very best bergamot oil could only be obtained by pressing the rind of the orange by hand to collect the essential oil in a sea sponge. And, when you take into consideration that 1,500 kilograms of bergamot oranges yield just one kilogram of oil, that makes for sore hands all round.
Bergamot essential oil is known for its relaxing, soothing and purifying benefits. Bergamot is also a beneficial element for oily skins, and last but not least, it is also used as an antispamodic natural treatment.