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What does Bergamot smell like?

At La Lueur Candles, we love scents that speak volumes, and bergamot is one of our favourites. Few essences command attention quite like bergamot, which originates from the sun-drenched orchards of southern Italy. This small, round citrus fruit bears an aroma that embodies a journey through history, an exploration of the senses, and a pathway to tranquillity. 


What is Bergamot?

Bergamot is a fragrant citrus fruit primarily found in sunny orchards in southern Italy. It is a small, round fruit that looks like a mini orange, turning bright yellow when ripe. What makes bergamot special is its peel, from which bergamot oil is extracted—a big deal in perfumes, cosmetics, and flavorings.

But bergamot isn't just about smell; it's also why your Earl Grey tea tastes the way it does. The oil adds a citrusy kick to the classic blend. Additionally, people have used bergamot peel for its supposed calming and uplifting effects over the years.


History of Bergamot 

Centuries ago, bergamot made its mark on the ancient Silk Road, traded by merchants for its alluring aroma and versatile applications. The fragrant oil extracted from the fruit's peel became a prized commodity in the perfumery and culinary worlds.

In the 17th century, bergamot took center stage in the French aristocracy's perfumed salons. Its zesty and floral notes captured the elite's olfactory senses. The nobility favored the essence of bergamot as a key ingredient in perfumes, cosmetics, and luxurious toiletries.

This citrus gem has transcended time and borders, maintaining its status as a key ingredient in perfumes and candles to this day. 


What Does Bergamot Smell Like? 

Key components of the Bergamot Fragrance

Bergamot's complex aroma is composed of a harmonious blend of key components contributing to its unique character. The most prominent constituents include:

  • Citrus Zest: Bergamot's unmistakable zest is a burst of bright and uplifting citrus. Its refreshing quality awakens the senses, making it a prized ingredient in perfumery.
  • Floral Undertones: Beneath the zesty top notes, bergamot reveals delicate floral undertones. These nuances add a layer of sophistication and contribute to the fragrance's overall complexity.
  • Earthy and Spicy Accents: A subtle interplay of earthy and spicy undertones provides depth to bergamot's scent profile. These elements lend warmth and balance, creating an invigorating and comforting fragrance.

Description of the Scent

Bergamot's aroma is a captivating blend of citrus brightness, floral elegance, and nuanced depth. The initial burst of zesty citrus immediately captures attention, reminiscent of a sun-drenched orchard in Southern Italy. As the fragrance unfolds, the floral notes delicately emerge, adding a touch of sophistication and femininity. The earthy and spicy undertones ground the scent, creating a well-rounded and versatile fragrance that transitions seamlessly from day to night.

Comparing Bergamot to Other Citrus Scents

Bergamot, despite being a member of the citrus family, possesses a unique and distinguishable aroma that sets it apart from other popular citrus scents. Let's explore how bergamot compares to some well-known citrus fragrances:

  • Lemon: While both bergamot and lemon share a citrusy brightness, bergamot is generally considered more complex and less tart than lemon. Bergamot's aroma is refined, with floral and spicy undertones, offering a more sophisticated fragrance compared to the straightforward, zesty punch of lemon.
  • Orange: Unlike the sweet and juicy scent of orange, bergamot is less overtly sweet and possesses a more balanced and complex profile. 
  • Grapefruit: While both bergamot and grapefruit share a certain tartness, bergamot is generally softer and less tangy than grapefruit. 
  • Lime: Lime and bergamot both belong to the green citrus category, but bergamot tends to be less intense and more complex. Lime provides a much more straightforward and crisp scent than bergamot. 

In summary, bergamot stands out among citrus scents for its refined and multifaceted fragrance.

Benefits of Bergamot in Candles

Uplifting Aromatherapy

When infused into candles, bergamot’s citrus and floral notes create an uplifting ambiance, encouraging feelings of joy, positivity, and relaxation. Lighting a bergamot candle can turn any space into a sanctuary of serenity, making it an ideal companion for moments of unwinding and self-care. 


Bergamot has been traditionally associated with stress reduction and relief. The aroma is believed to have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to alleviate tension and promote a sense of tranquillity. Lighting a bergamot candle can be a simple yet effective way to create a soothing environment, perfect for winding down after a hectic day.

Natural Air Freshener

Beyond its aromatic benefits, bergamot possesses natural deodorizing properties as well. Lighting a candle boasting bergamot as one of the ingredients not only fills your space with a delightful fragrance but it will also help neutralize unwanted odors, creating a fresh and inviting atmosphere even after it is blown out.


Bergamot-infused candles go beyond mere ambiance; they offer a holistic sensory experience with numerous benefits for mental well-being and environment. Whether you seek to unwind, focus, or simply indulge in the pleasure of a beautifully scented space, bergamot candles are a radiant choice that illuminates both your surroundings and your mood. Embrace the enchanting glow and aromatic embrace of bergamot-infused candles, elevating your space into a haven of serenity and joy.

Explore our bergamot-infused candles today! 

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