Scent notes: everything you need to know about citrus notes

By Lauren Carbran

Citrus scents were made for summer. Fact. And as the sun starts to shine (finally), you can’t go wrong with a zesty perfume on your shelfie. So, here’s everything you need to know about the top tangy notes…

roberto cavalli paradisoNote: Mandarin

It’s hard to resist the appeal of mandarin – it smells like summer, after all! And just thinking about it makes us hungry. You’ll want to indulge in a mandarin scent for a sweet, uplifting smell. Originating from countries such as China, Spain and Florida, it’s one of the main zesty notes in perfume today.

Perfume: Roberto Cavalli Paradiso for her

So meet the scent that will leave you smelling like a tropical island (literally) – Roberto Cavalli Paradiso. Just reading the name transports us to warmer climates. It mixes mandarin with pine for a beachy feel – we’ll def be wearing ours with a swimsuit and cocktail this summer, please…

angelmuseproductNote: Grapefruit

Listen up, people. While it might not suit all taste buds, grapefruit won’t disappoint in a perfume (we pinky promise). It’s a sharp and refreshing smell, which blends perfectly with orange and lavender. And guess what? This Caribbean fruit has only been around for about 400 years, so it’s considered a newbie to the fruit fam.

Perfume: Thierry Mugler Angel Muse for her

Embrace notes of grapefruit in Thierry Mugler Angel Muse, which you’ll be itching to get your hands on. It’s a gourmand fragrance that we’re currently going wild for. We’re not really sure where to start, but all you need to know is that the combo of grapefruit, hazelnut cream-cocoa and red berries smells delish. Basics, it’s brunch in a bottle! Your life is now sorted.

givenchygentlemenonlyNote: Lemon

The smell of lemon transports us straight to summer. The reason? It’s fresh, sparkling and reminds us Brits of the sunshine. Lemon is a gorge match to any aquatic accord, like sea salt and ocean breeze. Plus, it’s big on the fashion map; with Dolce & Gabbana showcasing Sicilian lemon prints in their spring/summer 2016 catwalk show. We love!

Perfume: Givenchy Gentlemen Only Parisian Break for him

Inspired by a sunny morning in Paris, we can’t help but love Gentlemen Only Parisian Break. The refreshing blend of lemon and mint means you’ll smell icy cool, 24/7. Yep, you can thank us later. Say hello to your new summer scent, boys (access to Paris is not essential…).

armaniprofumoNote: Orange blossom

When it comes to citrus notes, it doesn’t get more iconic than orange blossom. Taken from the white flowers of the bitter orange tree, it’s full of rich, sweet smells. We’d suggest looking out for orange blossom alongside notes of jasmine, lavender and cinnamon for maximum impact. Trust us, once you smell orange blossom, it will be your new fave thing.

Perfume: Armani Code Profumo for him

Cue Armani Code Profumo – an intensely masculine scent that’s just arrived on the scene. On first spritz, it’s all about the orange blossom and apple. But give it a moment, and you’ll love the woody blast of nutmeg, lavender and tonka bean. You’ll smell smoking hot, trust us!

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