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Perfumers have delved into the world of exotic fruits to create olfactory facets with original raw materials, transporting us to tropical paradises through delightful summer fragrances.
The Rising Popularity of Exotic Fruits in Cosmetics
Exotic or tropical fruits captivate our imagination and infuse our skincare products and creams with sun-kissed notes, transporting us to far-off lands with just a whiff. These fruits are packed with active ingredients that benefit our skin, such as bromelain in pineapple for exfoliation and complexion rejuvenation, antioxidants in pomegranate, nourishing fatty acids in coconut, and ultra-hydrating oleic acid (omega 9) in mango.
Fun Fact: The pineapple is not a single fruit, but rather a cluster of berries that have fused together, resulting in its unique structure.
It's only logical that these delightful exotic fruits now play a significant role in cosmetics for their benefits and divine scents. Perfumery has taken an interest in them, with 2015 and 2016 seeing a surge of new fragrances featuring exotic fruit notes.
Exotic Fruit Notes: The Hottest Summer Trend
Perfumers have succeeded in creating light, fruity fragrances that differ from classic perfumes, becoming the go-to choice for summer collections. Exotic fruit notes were the highlight of the 2015 and 2016 summer seasons, embraced by numerous esteemed perfumers.
Floral fragrances such as Issey Miyaké's "L'Eau D'Issey Eau D'Eté 2015" and Bulgari's "Goldea" incorporate exotic fruit notes as heart notes, paired with white or colored floral notes like orange blossom or freesia.
Fun Fact: The lychee fruit, native to China, is known for its fragrant, sweet taste and has been a popular fruit in Chinese culture for over 2,000 years.
Exotic fruits mingle with citrus, creating powerful fruity and green fragrances with an exotic allure. Calvin Klein's "Ck one summer 2016" begins with invigorating citrus head notes, followed by a heart of exotic fruit notes combined with hedione and a green note, and finally settling into a beautiful trail of white musks. Meanwhile, Olfactive Studio's "Still Life in Rio" also starts with zesty citrus, but the heart of perfumed notes revolves around jasmine and coconut's exotic fruits, finishing with warm olfactory memories of sandalwood and hot milk. These exotic, fruity, and comforting scents are a sheer delight!
The exotic fruit note breathes new life into floral and citrus scents, offering heart notes that make us feel energized and transported to distant lands just by opening a bottle. It's safe to say that future summers will continue to embrace exotic fragrances, as creators find increasingly innovative ways to enhance these scents and provide us with even more olfactory journeys.
Fun Fact: Passion fruit, native to South America, gets its name from Spanish missionaries who saw the flower's unique structure as a symbol of Christ's crucifixion, or "the Passion."
As the demand for exotic fruit notes in perfumery grows, we can look forward to experiencing a wider range of captivating and imaginative fragrances. These scents not only entice our senses but also remind us of the beauty and diversity of our world's flora. So, keep an eye (or nose) out for the next wave of exotic fruit-inspired perfumes and embrace the opportunity to indulge in a sensory escape to the tropics.