Bitter Orange

The bitter orange, sourced from the Seville orange tree, is known for its sharp, slightly spicy citrus aroma. 

This small fruit adds a sophisticated, complex twist when used in perfumery as a citrus note, often evoking a sense of Mediterranean charm and zest.

Fragrance Pyramid

Bitter orange is typically a Top Note, offering a sharp, nuanced, citrusy introduction to fragrances.

Scent Summary

  • Sharp
  • Slightly Spicy
  • Citrusy
  • Complex
  • Sophisticated

What Does Bitter Orange Smell Like?

bitter orange cut

Bitter orange in perfumery exudes a fresh, citrusy aroma with a contrasting bitter and sweet scent profile. Its refreshing, bright scent adds a crisp, energetic quality to fragrance compositions.

The smell of bitter orange is like a sophisticated, complex citrus twist. Its elegant, nuanced character is perfect for adding depth and a refined edge to any scent.

Complementing Notes

Bitter orange’s sharp, sophisticated nature harmonizes beautifully with various notes.

  • Lavender: For herbal, calming contrast.
  • Neroli: Adding a soft, floral dimension.
  • Sandalwood: For a warm, creamy depth.
  • Cinnamon: Enhancing with a spicy warmth.
  • Patchouli: Creating an earthy, rich base.
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