Fragrance Notes

Tangerine Scent In Perfume

What Is Tangerine?

Tangerine is a well known zesty citrus fruit that belongs to the Citrus reticulata species. Its scent can be described as a sweet tangy citrus. It is frequently used as a top note in perfume formulations, instantly captivating the senses with its bright and lively impression. The energetic character can be skillfully fused with various other ingredients, such as floral, woody, and spicy elements, to create a complex and engaging fragrance profile.

Key constituents of tangerine essential oil, such as limonene and gamma-terpinene, contribute to its characteristic aroma and make it a valuable addition to the perfumer's palette. By incorporating tangerine into scent compositions, perfumers can evoke a sense of warmth and luminosity, enhancing the overall sensory experience for the end user.


Originating in Southeast Asia, tangerines are part of the Citrus reticulata species. Essential oil extracted from tangerine peel is rich in volatile compounds like limonene and gamma-terpinene. The use of tangerine oil grew in popularity, establishing it as a key ingredient in perfume development and numerous fragrances. Tangerine's widespread consumer appeal in the world of scent-making is evidence of its enduring qualities and refreshing olfactory properties, ensuring its continued presence in the fragrance industry. Phlur uses a tangerine oil that is formulated with sustainably sourced 100% pure fruit zest extracts in partnership with Italian farmers that own and supply the extracts to ensure high quality and traceability. The farmers have developed 100% pure extracts that meet a strict criteria of quality, purity, and sustainability, all designed to provide a unique “freshly picked from the tree” experience. The entire orange is utilized, whether it be for ingredients, flavors, or fragrance applications.


Tangerine serves as a top note, when referencing its role in a perfume, to provide an instant burst of zest and freshness. Top notes are characterized by their lively and transitory quality, evaporating more quickly than middle and base notes. Tangerine's energizing and uplifting traits contribute significantly to the overall appeal of a scent.

Ingredient Type:

Tangerine essential oil, extracted from the fruit's peel through cold pressing or steam distillation, represents the natural raw material derived from the Citrus reticulata species. Synthetic versions of tangerine are created by isolating key aromatic molecules, such as limonene and gamma-terpinene, which are responsible for the characteristic scent. Perfumers can recreate the essence of tangerine through a blend of synthetic compounds, offering a more cost effective alternative to the natural raw material.

Regardless of its form, tangerine remains a cherished and versatile ingredient, contributing its refreshing qualities to a wide range of fragrance formulations.

Scent Profile:

Tangerine’s scent profile is sparkling, fruity, slightly bitter, sweet and a little fresh. The combination of zesty, tangy and subtly sweet notes is versatile and blends well with diverse fragrance ingredients such as florals, woods, and spices, enabling the crafting of multifaceted and alluring scent experiences.

Its presence in perfumery continues to enhance the sensory experience for users, making it a popular choice in numerous fragrance formulations. The enduring appeal and refreshing qualities of tangerine contribute to its ability to enchant users with its remarkable and alluring olfactory characteristics.

Variations of Tangerine in Perfumery:

Different extraction methods produce slight variations of tangerine in perfumery, resulting in unique olfactory nuances. The two primary extraction methods include cold pressing and steam distillation, each yielding a slightly different scent profile.

Cold-pressed tangerine oil is obtained by mechanically pressing the fruit's peel, preserving the fresh and zesty qualities of the citrus fruit. This method captures the brightness and tanginess of tangerine, rendering it an invigorating and uplifting ingredient in fragrance compositions.

Steam-distilled tangerine oil is produced by passing steam through the fruit's peel, which releases the aromatic compounds that are then collected through condensation. This process often results in a more rounded and subtle aroma, with a slightly sweeter and softer character. Phlur utilizes Spinning Cone Column, a form of low temperature vacuum steam distillation, to gently extract the aromatic compounds to obtain 100 pure fruit extract.

What Fragrance Family is Tangerine in?

Tangerine falls easily into the Fresh fragrance family and Citrus subcategory due to its refreshing and uplifting scents from citrus fruit peels. This fragrance family is embraced and popular for its energizing and revitalizing properties, appealing to those desiring a lively aromatic experience.

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