Fragrance Notes

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.

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The Growing Popularity of Unisex Fragrances

Identifying a fragrance as “unisex” is in reference to its targeted appeal to all genders. When it comes to “categorizing” a fragrance as unisex, or for no particular gender, it can be a very subjective evaluation. What connotes a unisex fragrance? What are the qualifications and/or deciding factors in the development process?

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Fragrance Longevity 101

We’ve all experienced or heard others proclaim “I love this perfume but it doesn’t last very long.” What qualifies as “long lasting” in a perfume? What contributes to a perfume's ability to be long lasting or have “wear longevity”? What is the average time a perfume should last on your skin? Fragrance longevity is essentially the length of time the olfactory presence stays detectable on the skin of the wearer. It’s not an easy straightforward time period for all perfumes.

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Why Gourmand Perfumes Are So Universally Appealing

Reference to the term gourmand primarily focuses on a connoisseur of food. A person who enjoys and appreciates good food, good wine and good company with which to enjoy it. So it seems very natural to attach this same appreciation to a gourmand fragrance in the perfume industry. The broad characteristic of a gourmand fragrance or perfume is that it smells edible.

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