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Grapefruit, a Tonic Accord of the Citrus Family
The hesperidia family is the oldest of the olfactory families, encompassing all citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Dominated by fresh, fruity notes, grapefruit is considered the most invigorating of all. Tonic, exuberant, and volatile, grapefruit is often found in top notes. As with every perfume, it is essential to wait until you experience the heart notes before envisioning the fragrance as a whole. Initially, citrus fragrances like grapefruit were primarily intended for women's perfumes. Nowadays, grapefruit can be found in many men's fragrances, such as Invictus by Paco Rabanne, where its tonic top note contributes to the scent of a modern-day seducer.
Grapefruit's Combinations with Other Fragrances
Over time, grapefruit accords have expanded to include floral notes, forming the citrus-floral facet, which is prevalent in many well-known fragrances. Grapefruit has also been enriched with woody (sandalwood, patchouli), amber (vanilla, labdanum), aromatic (thyme, lavender), or chypre (bergamot) notes. The floral notes serve to prolong the grapefruit note, counteracting its volatility. This is why grapefruit is often paired with flowers, as seen in Amor Amor by Cacharel, where grapefruit is featured as a top note, accompanied by heart notes of jasmine and lily of the valley, and base notes of vanilla and ambergris, among others. Amor Amor is a quintessential lover's perfume that captivates with its subtlety.
Grapefruit, a citrus fruit with a juicy pulp, belongs to the citrus family alongside lemon and orange. It has earned its place in the world of fragrance. Primarily used as a top note, grapefruit adds a touch of freshness and vitality. It can be found in both women's and men's perfumes. Grapefruit is also present in floral, woody, aromatic, chypre, or amber accords, imparting invigorating freshness to the compositions. The resulting fragrances are often considered exceptional. Undoubtedly, grapefruit has successfully navigated through various trends.
Fun Facts About Grapefruit in Perfumery
- Grapefruit in perfumes is known to evoke a sense of energy, positivity, and refreshment, making it a popular choice for daytime and summer fragrances.
- There are two primary types of grapefruit notes used in perfumery: the sweet and fruity pink grapefruit and the slightly bitter and more astringent white grapefruit.
- The use of grapefruit in fragrances dates back to the 18th century when Eau de Cologne, a citrus-based perfume, gained popularity in Europe.
- Grapefruit's phototoxic properties can cause skin irritation when exposed to sunlight; therefore, modern perfumes use synthetic grapefruit notes to avoid this issue.