What Does Citrus Mean In Perfumery?

In perfumery, the term citrus refers to a subfamily of fragrances that are characterized by fresh, bright, tangy and uplifting aromas. Citrus fragrances are typically made using essential oils extracted from the peel or fruit of citrus trees, such as lemon, limes, orange, grapefruit, and bergamot. These essential oils are often used as top notes in perfumes, which means they are the initial scent impression noticed when a fragrance is applied. They tend to evaporate quickly, so they are typically paired with other ingredients to provide a more complex and long-lasting aroma.


Citrus fragrances are often described as refreshing and invigorating, and are used in products intended for morning use, as they can help to “wake up” the senses and provide a boost of energy. In addition to their use in fragrances, citrus essential oils are also commonly used in aromatherapy and in natural cleaning products due to their association with feelings of cleanliness and freshness. 

The citrus fragrances fit into the Fresh Family of fragrance wheel classification.