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Exploring Yuzu: A Unique Citrus Scent
Yuzu belongs to the citrus olfactory family, akin to lemon, tangerine, and orange. Its notes are fresh, invigorating, and tangy, blending both acidity and fruitiness to create refreshing and distinctive fragrances. Recently finding its way into the realm of fine perfumery, yuzu has emerged as a novel source of inspiration for perfumers.
The Aroma of Yuzu
Similar to most citrus fragrances, yuzu is a volatile note and is often utilized as a top note. A beautiful homage to this small Japanese citrus fruit is Yuzu Man by Caron, which marks the brand's first foray into citrus scents. The top notes feature yuzu, used sparingly, alongside basil and verbena. In the heart notes, fig and lentisk (a variety of pistachios) can be detected, with sandalwood and cedar forming the base notes. The result is a supremely fresh yet undeniably masculine scent.
Yuzu's Pairings with Various Olfactory Families
True to its family, yuzu pairs harmoniously with woods and aromatics. For aromatic fragrances, which are primarily masculine, yuzu is often combined with thyme, lavender, rosemary, or basil. In the case of woody notes, a woody or powdery base, such as sandalwood, patchouli, or oak, is typically accompanied by yuzu top notes. Renowned perfumes may also feature citrus-oriental or citrus-floral compositions, as with Kenzo's Eau de Fleur de Yuzu, which intriguingly places yuzu in the middle note. The fragrance is complemented by green notes and citrus top notes, as well as white musk in the base note. Yuzu is subtly enhanced by transparent floral notes, while the musk base note adds a silky touch. The result is a delicate and subtle feminine fragrance, particularly recommended for summertime.
Yuzu: A Rising Trend in Fragrances
Originating from Japan, the atypical yuzu citrus fruit has recently piqued the interest of perfumers. Its tart yet fresh notes prove to be a valuable asset in perfume compositions when combined with other olfactory families. Although predominantly found in masculine fragrances and as a top note, yuzu occasionally surprises by judiciously sneaking into a feminine scent.