8 Scents with Exotic Fruits
In the classic art of perfume creation, artists work in a pyramid shape when blending ingredients. There are top, heart and base notes – each revealing their fragrant scents at certain times. Top notes are where perfumers like to use fresh fruit notes. These create an uplifting and joyful introduction to a fragrance, and they most often feature lemon or mandarin ingredients. Due to the volatile nature of citrus and fruit notes, you will only smell them for 30 to 45 minutes before they burn off revealing the floral and aromatic aromas of heart notes.
If you love fresh fruit or tropical drinks while vacationing in the islands, you may really enjoy exotic fruit notes in your fragrances. Perfumers are adding character and personality to their creations by adding starfruit, nashi pear, guava, yuzu citrus, mango and pomegranate. These sweet and juicy fruits have an exotic feel to them and are incorporated into both men’s and women’s fragrances. Perfumers will use the rinds, flesh and juice of the fruits depending on that effect they are looking for.
Scent Lodge has selected a handful of interesting scents that feature exotic fruit essences. It’s almost like taking an olfactory trip without leaving your house or apartment.
This sweet, exotic fruit blends beautifully with vanilla and hazelnut notes. It’s not surprising when you think that all three ingredients would be delicious in a dessert recipe. Lychee has the unique ability to smell sweet and a little sharp at the same time. It instantly captures your attention when you smell it. You’ll find it blended with sharp raspberry, vanilla and white musk in the lovely Atkinsons White Rose de Alix.
Jimmy Choo Fever is a different take on lychee. It is a delicious oriental-vanilla fragrance for her created by award-winning perfumers Honorine Blanc and Nathalie Lorson. The pair mix notes of plum, lychee, grapefruit, heliotrope, orange blossom and jasmine with vanilla and benzoin (that smells like caramel). A hint of coffee and hazelnut give it a little gourmand kick
There is nothing more beautiful than slices of starfruit displayed on a platter. The star-shaped fruit are often combined with apples, pears and grapes in recipes. The scent is crisp and fresh, not unlike citrus fruit. That is thanks to the oxalic acid found in the fruit that has a slight acidic fragrance. You’ll find it used nicely in Versace Eau Fraiche to give an added freshness and energy.
Guava has a juicy and musky-floral scent that is often compared to the scent of strawberries. Some varieties has a mild aroma like pear or a slightly sharper one like pineapple. Guava adds a depth and exotic character to a scent. We love how perfumer Sophie Labbé has used it in Versace Dylan Turquoise. She blends notes of Primofiore lemon, Italian mandarin from Sicily with jasmine petals & freesia. But it is the juicy guava notes that wrap around the white flowers and woods that gives it a fresh, delicious character. Donatella Versace describes it as an escape to faraway islands where the blue sky meets crystal waters. It’s a fragrance blended to remind you of warm sun and summer days.
Yuzu is an Asian citrus fruit commonly used in Japanese cuisine. It’s scent is very tart, like a combination of grapefruit and orange. What perfumers love about yuzu is that is blends well with other citrus oils and helps prolong their often short-lasting aroma. You’ll find it adding drama and energy to Versace Bright Crystal Absolu.
Imagine combining the sweetness of a pear with the mouthwatering crispness of an apple and you have the scent of nashi. Also known as the Asian pear, this crisp, sweet and delicious fruit offers another benefit to perfumers: a velvety smoothness to a scent. While pear is juicy, it also creates a gentle texture to a scent. One of the best examples of nashi used well in perfumery is in Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline.
One of the great joys in the middle of summer is cutting into a fresh, ripe juicy mango. The sweet juicy flesh of the fruit is a delight. Mango notes offer the same olfactory effect. They have a sweet, fresh scent that is great for any summer or vacation-themed fragrance. You’ll find mango notes in Moschino Fresh Gold Couture.
Pomegranate is one of the most multi-faceted of the exotic fruit notes in perfumery. The subtle green, powdery fragrance of its skin blends with the sweet-tart and sometimes wine-like aroma of the seeds. This one ingredient can instantly add personality to any fragrance. Alberto Morillas uses pomegranate to give a gentle counterbalance to honey notes in Chopard’s Miel D’Arabie fragrance. It’s beautifully done.