A spot from Symrise, including perfumer Alexandra Carlin, on sustainable bergamot from Calabria.
Atelier Cologne recently launched Bergamote Soleil, the latest addition to its Cologne Absolue collection. Bergamote Soleil’s composition includes top notes of bergamot, bigarade and ambrette; heart notes of jasmine, lavender and cardamom; and base notes of vetiver, oak moss and white amber. And like every Atelier Cologne fragrance, this one comes with a story:
They drove all night long taking turns… The minivan was the same one they had when they first met. He spotted it instantly, driving along the line of bergamot trees leading up to the villa…
The BBC has an interesting story on bergamot growers in Calabria. Long an important ingredient in perfumery, bergamot is now often replaced with synthetic substitutes in fragrance:
...the oil does have one side-effect that has hampered its sales in recent years - if put on human skin and then exposed to sunlight it causes discolouring and burning. Faced with this consumer time bomb, companies turned to manufactured versions of the oil and prices have dropped. Last year a kilo of bergamot essential oil sold for 62 euros; today it goes for 45 euros.
The New York Times has a run-down on the celebrities who attended Monday night's Fifi awards.
Like yesterday’s Rose 31, Bergamote 22 was created by perfumer Daphne Bugey for the Le Labo line, which recently launched in New York City. The fragrance features bergamot, petitgrain, grapefruit, nutmeg, orange blossom, aspic, cedar, amber, musk and vetiver.
Bergamote 22 starts with a rush of dry spices not unlike the opening of Rose 31, but with lighter notes of citrus and orange blossom replacing the rose and deep woods in the Rose 31…