Bitter orange

Sometimes bitter orange is referred to ‘bigarade’ – but many of us know it best as the too-sour-to-suck-on Seville orange, used for making marmalade.  The bitter orange tree is actually incredibly versatile, in perfumery:  most neroli/orange blossom and petitgrain extracts come from this single tree, giving their soft/sweet/fresh qualities to countless delicious perfumes. (Petitgrain, which you can read about here, is extracted from the leaves, for instance.) But bitter orange is a fragrance note in its own right, widely used in eau de Colognes and chypre fragrances, as well as adding a whoosh of freshness to florals.

Smell bitter orange in:

Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta
Giorgio Armani Armani Code
Van Cleef & Arpels Cologne Noir

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