We are in the throes of the intense summer heat now and therefore I long for refreshing and cooling citrus scents. There are a few in my arsenal, but I am always open for variety.
My sample of Le Labo Bergamote 22 that has been patiently awaiting its turn in my sample box, was just what I was looking for.
I love the top notes of Bergamote 22, a freshly squeezed cocktail of bergamot and grapefruit jolts you out of the heat slump. The citrus notes are joined by a spicy aspect and then slowly soften into the warmer feel of orange blossom with a green undercurrent. The drydown is soft. Vetiver and cedar join in, smelling like pale green velvet and lasting for a few hours.
Bergamote 22 is gorgeous in the first five minutes, lovely in the first hour and okay during the rest of the wear time. A fact that necessitates frequent reapplication to experience the invigorating and intensely refreshing spicy citrus top. Not a very economical way of wearing perfume, but that is the fate of citrus notes, their beauty is fleeting and evanescent.
Le Labo Bergamote 22 is certainly a good, unisex fragrance, but I would not spend the money on a bottle. But this review has woken the hunter in me again, my mission: to find a perfect – if shortlived, that is part of the equation – citrus scent for less money. A lot less money.
Watch this space!