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Grapefruit is one of the most popular citrus notes in fragrance. Fresh, tangy and uplifting, it is a perfect scent for hot summer months, while its often bitter composition is popular in unisex fragrances.
The sweet and tangy aroma of grapefruit has inspired many perfumers for the creation of both female and male fragrances. Stimulating and refreshing, grapefruit blends exceptionally well with many other notes, such as bergamot, lavender, geranium, Palma Rosa, frankincense, neroli, rosemary, cypress, juniper, jasmine, rosewood, and ylang-ylang.
A relatively young species, grapefruit was first bred in Barbados in the 18th century. It is believed to be a natural mix of the fruits pomelo and orange. It is a relatively small tree that grows in clusters (looking like big yellowish-orange grapes). Its color may vary from almost white to yellow, orange, and ruby red. The main producer of grapefruit is the USA (with Florida taking a third of the production alone).
Aroma of Grapefruit Make one look younger
Forget the facelift. Give yourself a youthful boost with citrus scents. A study by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago found the aroma of grapefruit on women made men perceive them as five years younger than they really were. The researchers think it’s because the grapefruit scent induces feelings of happiness, making women more endearing and attractive to men.
Zesty, citrus fragrances are perfect for the hotter months, and one of the most popular olfactory themes for spring and summer. Brands such as Jo Malone, Acqua di Parma and Dolce & Gabbana are all adding playful fresh citrus notes to their perfumes. Sparkling accords of mandarin, lemon, bergamot and grapefruit have been used for years in perfumes to conjure the Mediterranean –the ultimate image of summer. Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue Sun is a great example, instantly transporting the wearer to the island of Capri with a fragrant blend of grapefruit, italian bergamot and ginger. Grapefruit lends a particularly bright and uplifting quality to fragrances; its sparkling, bitter quality adds a desirably cooling effect to summer fragrances.
Best Grapefruit Perfumes
Jo Malone Grapefruit eau de cologne
Fans of citrus scents will undoubtedly have Jo Malone’s Grapefruit cologne in their collection. The ultimate grapefruit scent, it is a popular addition to the Jo Malone fragrance library. Top notes of grapefruit deliver a bright yet bitter opening, before heart notes of soft rosemary, lavender and base notes of moss provide aromatic clarity, ideal for both men and women.
Le Labo Bergamote 22 eau de parfum
While bergamot takes centre stage in Le Labo’s Bergamote 22, it is paired with bitter grapefruit to create a fresh, lively fragrance ideal for the warmer months. Other accords include sweet amber and musk with vetiver, which give Bergamote 22 its distinctive tang.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune eau de toilette
Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune is a sparkling celebration of the grapefruit. The fruity citrus fragrance offers accords of grapefruit, blackcurrant and patchouli, all of which work together to create a bright and sensual whole.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sun eau de toilette
Dolce & Gabbana invites you to the island of Capri with its new summer fragrance Light Blue Sun. Warm, sunny and sensual, the new fragrances for him and for her explore ionic accords traditionally associated with the Mediterranean. Light Blue Sun Pour Homme reinvents the iconic Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue fragrance with notes of Italian bergamot, frozen grapefruit and spicy ginger. Cedarwood and woody oakmoss combine with sensual white musk to complete this beautiful summer fragrance.
Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta eau de cologne
Think of Italy and you can almost smell the citrus fruits. Acqua di Parma’s Colonia Assoluta is a vibrant reinterpretation of the classic Colonia eau de cologne. Capturing the freshness of bergamot together with a blend of grapefruit, blood orange, rosemary, lavendar and cedarwood, it is the perfect fresh fragrance fro summer.