Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
(Malin + Goetz) Bergamot is an uplifting, brisk, spicy and approachable perfume. It has one of the most effervescently pleasing openings of anything we carry – a bright profusion of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, lime and grapefruit, spiked with a bracing green bell pepper note. And what’s even better is that these notes don’t quickly disappear at the start, but stick around for several minutes to fully energize your senses for what’s to come.
The heart of Bergamot continues the theme of bright, engaging notes, only instead of citrus the focus shifts to spices instead. Ginger, cardamom, spearmint and black pepper all combine to keep a cool, refreshing profile emerging from this fragrance, with the ginger being the outstanding note.
What makes Bergamot especially enjoyable is how well the citrus blends into the spices – the grapefruit into the ginger is seamless, and the black pepper note effortlessly transfers the heat from the green pepper into the heart to continue the spicy contrasts. There’s also a heat exchange happening in the heart between the cardamom and spearmint, and the ginger and pepper. Cool tones versus warm make the middle phase of this perfume engaging and complex. Even though Bergamot is a lightly-spiced citrus perfume, there’s enough happening throughout its development to keep you checking in on it as it dries down.
The dry down phase again places cool cedar and musk up against warm amber and sandalwood notes, with a woody accord hovering in the middle for temperature balance. Bergamot is filled with contrasts: warm vs. cool, brisk acidity vs., flat, dry spices. These tonal changes are completely addicting and always allow the perfume to show off another side of its personality, all the way through to the end.
Another reason to love this perfume is that anyone can wear it – it will complement either a man or a woman, and is versatile enough to wear with any look you like. (Malin + Goetz) Bergamot is a rare citrus perfume with plenty to say as it develops, and you’ll be instantly drawn in by the quality of the conversation.