Citrus flavors help to cheer up on a hot summer day and fill you with positive emotions. Not in vain psychologists and aromatherapists say the refreshing, fresh fruity notes really do improve your mood. And such sparkling cool compositions are suitable not only for men, but also for women.
Citrus compositions in perfumery are often called the Hesperides, after the Greek nymphs. They often contain fruits and plants with a pungent, cold scent of green foliage, tart juice (verbena, bergamot, lemon grass), and not so long ago, grapefruit and hassaku were added to them.
The ancestor of modern perfumery was cologne or Cologne water, which often contained citrus extracts. Today as it was then essential oils, which form the basis of fruit aromas, are obtained by cold pressing the leaves, flowers, and also the peel of tropical fruits.
The aroma of orange improves mood and relieves fatigue;
The versatile bergamot goes well with almost all notes. Its aroma enhances concentration;
Mandarin relieves stress and reduces anxiety;
Lemon is used in perfumery as a refreshing note that heightens your physical energy.
Citruses are more often at the top of the perfume pyramid, you feel them at the beginning of the fragrance, they help the perfume to open up in anticipation of rich heart notes.
Summer is the best time for refreshing floral and fruity compositions in which citrus notes play the main violin.
Swjournal has selected a few favorites to try before the end of summer.
EAU DU SOIR, SISLEY
Refined, elegant and timeless, Eau du Soir enchants everyone, as it radiates femininity, charm and seduction at any time of the day. Created in contrasts, Eau du Soir gradually reveals exquisite accords, balancing the freshness of citrus notes, the sensuality of floral and chypre echoes, as well as deep amber and musk.
ESCALE À PORTOFINO – LES ESCALES DE DIOR, DIOR
Christian Dior, via Escale a Portofino, invites you on a fragrant journey through Italy, whose beauty inspired perfumer François Demachy. He decided to interpret the classic, strict freshness with feminine accords. It was in Italy that Dior discovered the valuable ingredients for the fragrance: Calabrian bergamot, Italian lemon and Sicilian mandarin.
PURE WHITE LINEN LIGHT BREEZE EDP, ESTEE LAUDER
Juicy citrus notes of white grapefruit, orange peel and bergamot combine in this bright and fresh scent.
O DE L’ORANGERIE, LANCÔME
Lancome’s summer gift – O De L’orangerie. The combination of orange blossom, neroli oil and cedar bark creates the feeling of freshness of a fragrant garden. Indulge in a walk in the shade of the foliage, feel the warmth and freshness of the July morning.
VERSACE VERSENSE, VERSACE
The combination of bergamot and green mandarin, imbued with the energy of the Mediterranean, gives the fragrance a natural and spontaneous freshness. The top notes of the fragrance are complemented by a cocktail of prickly pear and juicy citrus fruits that give you vitality.
The living heart of the fragrance is a bouquet of white transparent flowers. A harmonious blend of sea daffodils and spicy cardamom seeds add harmony. The base notes, saturated with the scent of precious woods, create a sense of nobility and high style. The combination of rich notes lends sensuality to the entire composition – intriguing, sophisticated, mystical and exciting.
AQUA ALLEGORIA PAMPLELUNE, GUERLAIN
The smell is shiny and sour, like a grapefruit, with a drop of soft bitterness enveloping in tenderness. Created for a dazzling sensual woman seeking freshness and sophistication. The carefree feeling of life here sounds like the freshness of a freshly squeezed grapefruit, immersed in the tenderness of patchouli and vanilla.
ARANCIA DI CAPRI, ACQUA DI PARMA
Arancia di Capri is a composition with a relaxing mood. The composition is based on Mediterranean citrus oils. A bright and fresh scent reveals originality thanks to soft and warm notes of caramel and musk.
Echoes of successive eras are still in the air of Sicilian Palermo, reflected in the water, traces of art, architecture and the spirit of the city, enclosed in a BYREDO Palermo bottle. Top notes: bitter orange, Sicilian bergamot. Heart – fresh musk, rose absolute. Base notes – leather musk, ambrette flower.
EAUDEMOISELLE DE GIVENCHY EAU FRAICHE, GIVENCHY
Aroma: sparkling notes of lemon, bergamot and mandarin. At the heart of the fragrance are Turkish rose and orange blossom, wrapped in a floral veil. Musk in the base notes gives the composition aroma, softness and depth.
FLEURS D’ORANGER, SERGE LUTENS
In the 17th century, the extract of orange blossom became known as the essence of neroli – as the Duchess Orsini Neroli called it. The fragrance consists of incompatible notes, which gives it a hint of juiciness and freshness. A simple story, the secret of which is that behind the smell lies the strength of the wind and the innocence of a child’s kiss. This composition can be described in one word: happiness. Ingredients: orange petals, white jasmine, Indian tuberose, white rose, musk.
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