Find Your Scent: What Does Bergamot Smell Like?

Citrus scents provide a zesty, fresh kick to any fragrance. They’re juicy and vibrant, and they perfectly capture the feeling of sunshine in a bottle. We can't get enough. 

One of the citrus scents we love is bergamot. You've heard of lemons, limes, and grapefruits, but you might not be quite as familiar with this citrus fruit. 

We’re giving you all the details on everything you could ever need to know about bergamot. Plus, we have some amazing fragrances you can try if you want to find a new citrusy scent. 

What Is Bergamot? 

Bergamot is a type of orange, but it’s different from what you find in the produce section. Bergamot oranges, or citrus bergamia, originated in Southeast Asia but are primarily grown in Reggio di Calabria, Italy, and throughout the Mediterranean. 

The Bergamot fruit looks more like a lime or a lemon than a traditional orange. It also has a distinct scent and flavor. Bergamot tastes like a cross between a lime and a bitter orange. If you've ever had Earl Grey tea, you've tried bergamot. The main ingredient in the tea is bergamot oil, which is extracted from the rind. 

Bergamot oil has many different uses and benefits. One of the benefits of bergamot oil is its ability to help ease stress — bergamot essential oil is commonly used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation, and one study found that participants who inhaled bergamot oil mixed with water vapor experienced fewer feelings of anxiety and fatigue. 

In other words, bergamot could be the perfect choice if you’re hoping to welcome some more chill vibes into your life.

What Does Bergamot Smell Like?

Bergamont is an uplifting scent that’s sophisticated and complex, and there are different layers to its scent profile. 

For some, bergamot can be a pretty potent smell that isn't always ideal on its own. However, it can play well with other scents like cedarwood, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, musk, neroli, and orange blossom. 

Bergamot's complexity and versatility keeps perfumers coming back for more, so let's go over what the smell of bergamot is actually like. 


Some might describe the scent of bergamot as a cross between an orange and a lime — the fruit has a subtle hint of the tartness you get from limes, but it isn't downright bitter. 


Balancing out the sourness is the subtle, sweet smell of an orange. Bergamont isn't quite sweet enough to eat like an orange, but it is sweet enough to round out some of the lime-y tartness. 


There’s something about fruity and citrusy scents that says “sunshine.” The smell of bergamot is a true citrus fragrance, so it can welcome sunny, happy feelings. It also has a slightly floral scent that gives you all the warm, summer vibes. 

What Scents Pair Well With Bergamot?

You may know what to pair with your new jeans, but mixing fragrances can seem more complicated. However, it's easy to find scents that layer perfectly with bergamot. 

The use of bergamot in perfumes adds an invigorating depth to them. Consider which scents you already love but want to elevate — we have a few suggestions for you to pair with bergamot. 

Tonka Bean

The smell of tonka bean is sweet, nutty, spicy, and woody, with elements of tobacco. The smell is complex, but it has a similar sweetness to vanilla. The citrus notes of bergamot can help liven up the earthy, deeper scents in tonka bean. 


Amber is a sweet, powdery scent, and bergamot can lighten up an amber scent and give it a zestier finish. Amber smells warm and resinous, and it’s sometimes even referred to as leathery. You’ll commonly find amber paired with vanilla or spices, but when it blends with bergamot, the result is a beautiful bright yet rich scent experience. 


Spicy scents pair well with bergamot, which has its own spicy notes. Think of saffron and ginger combined with the citrus elements in bergamot — this combo can make for a rich, complex scent experience. 


Patchouli is a rich scent that smells musky, earthy, and woody. Patchouli also has sweet-herbaceous notes that bergamot complements well. Combining bergamot and patchouli can bring you a fresh yet deep fragrance experience. 

What Are Some Bergamot Fragrances To Try?

At Snif, all of our fragrances are made without parabens, preservatives, phthalates, or synthetic dyes, letting you make the most of bergamot with a little extra peace of mind. Here are some of our go-to bergamot favorites.

Golden Ticket

Who doesn't want a Golden Ticket to a mystical getaway? The scent may not physically transport you, but it's the next best thing. The scent combines the zestiness of bergamot with golden maté, black tea, and green tea. You'll also notice a musky amber finish when you spritz on the fragrance. 

Sweet Ash

Sweet Ash is a down-to-earth fragrance you'll find yourself reaching for over and over again. The scent is sweet with vanilla and tonka mixed with bergamot, juniper, fir balsam, white moss, and cedarwood. 

Strawberry Moon

Strawberry Moon is like warm weather in a bottle. The scent will remind you of sitting poolside in a tropical location. The scent of bergamot combines with the floral notes of jasmine paired with leather, pink pepper, iris, saffron, vetiver, and amber woods.

Make Bergamot Your New Best Friend 

We love new friends here, and you won't regret adding bergamot to your roster. The citrusy scent just adds that little something extra that makes a fragrance go from good to great. Snif has a variety of fragrances featuring bergamot. They all offer different scent notes while including this beloved Italian fruit. 


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