Bergamot EO

Citrus aurantium var. bergamia (synonym of Citrus x aurantium L.)


Our Bergamot essential oil has a bright, sweet, refreshing and balanced aroma of citrus and green notes with a light floral and bitter undertone; it is a pleasantly fresh and uplifting example of what Bergamot oil


Selected size SKU:120-016 - Bergamot 15 ml (1/2 oz) (w/ orifice reducer)

Sample 1 ml (1/30 oz)
15 ml (1/2 oz)
30 ml (1 oz)
59.14 ml (2 oz)
118.29 ml (4 oz)
236.58 ml (8 oz)
473.17 ml (16 oz)
1 kg (2 1/5 lb)
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Product Overview

Our Bergamot essential oil has a bright, sweet, refreshing and balanced aroma of citrus and green notes with a light floral and bitter undertone; it is a pleasantly fresh and uplifting example of what Bergamot oil should be. Its juicy, well-rounded aroma is a welcome and indispensable component of even the most basic essential oil collection. Bergamot is one of the most commonly used essential oils in perfumery where it adds a rich top note, especially in Eau de Cologne types; when combined with Neroli and Lemon, it produces an initial “fresh fragrance” impression.[1] It is also the legendary perfume of Earl Grey tea.[2]

A member of the Rutaceae family originating either in Northern Italy or the Canary Islands,[3] the Citrus aurantium var. bergamia tree produces small, somewhat bitter, round, knobby fruits, the peels of which are pressed for their aromatic oil. Trees were later cultivated in the Calabria region of southern Italy which now produces about 90% of the world’s supply of Bergamot oil. And although our bergamot is conventionally cultivated, it is unsprayed.


For many citrus fruits, the peel is expressed (or distilled) for the oil while the pulp is later extracted for the juice – added value and minimum waste being two good reasons for the oil and juice businesses to co-exist. In fact, most of the time, it is the same producer that extracts both the oil and the juice. With Bergamot essential oil, the situation is somewhat different. In more recent years, the food industry’s demand for whole fruit has been increasing, a phenomenon that has made it more difficult for essential oil producers to find the raw material, resulting in higher prices. The extraction of all our Bergamot essential oils is the primary business for our producers with citrus juice being a by-product.[4]


Citrus peel oils, like the coniferous needle oils, are predominantly composed of the highly volatile monoterpenes limonene and pinene – the perfect top note molecules perfumers commonly rely on. However, Bergamot oil is the only citrus peel oil with the distinction of containing up to 30% of the fruity-woody-floral ester linalyl acetate - a valuable antioxidant also found in Lavender. Renowned aromatherapist Patricia Davis states: “The fragrance is equally acceptable to men and women, and it blends with almost any flower oil, giving it considerable versatility.[5] Bergamot oil has a wide spectrum of applications in addition to being greatly valued for its calming and balancing properties – its fresh, sweet, citrus aroma is very pleasing and especially uplifting to the spirit.


Our Bergamot essential oil is photosensitizing; we recommend that it be highly diluted when applied to the skin, or that one of our Bergamot FCF essential oils be used instead. FCF (furanocoumarin-free) is an acronym used to indicate that the chemical constituent(s) responsible for extreme sensitization of the skin to sunlight has been removed[6]; in the case of Bergamot oil, the specific furanocoumarin is bergapten.[7]

1 Williams, David G. Perfumes of Yesterday, 2004, p. 176.

2 Green, Mindy. Natural Perfumes - Simple Aromatherapy Recipes, 1999, p. 33.

3 Sellar, Wanda. The Directory of Essential Oils, 1992, p. 16.

4 Industry communication.

5 Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z, 2005, pp. 56.

6 Bowles, E. Joy. The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils, 3rd ed., 2003, pp. 108-9.

7 Industry communication.

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7 Reviews


Customer Reviews

Short and sweet


This bergamot offers a straightforward sweet citrus with a weak bitter quality distinguishing it from lemon. Reminds me of mandarin orange peel. Much sweeter than I anticipated, missing the distinct bitterness, the echo of pungency that I associate with bergamot. I can't endorse its use as a 'green' component, based on my [inexperienced!] nose. All said, it's quite nice.

Review by Cristina 8/27/2019

Lemon scented Pledge!


Took me a while to remember exactly what it was that this oil reminded me of, but I finally figured out that it reminds me of lemon scented Pledge! Which is a good thing. More bitter, and not quite as fresh as a lemon. It's deeper and richer, not quite as organic to my senses.

Review by Amy 6/10/2018

hmm interesting/exotic


the perfect green note to add to my perfume, it's interesting and richer than just a citrus. It's exotic and bright and green. very nice.

Review by Amanda 9/14/2017

Bergamot healed cracks in heels


This oil has been amazing for healing the cracks in my heels as well as the cracks under my daughters toes. We go barefoot a lot and in the summer the cracks show up. Bergamot has worked better than any moisturizer.

Review by Rosanna 6/17/2017

Fresh and Spicy


Really pretty and tenacious. A must have oil

Review by Perkins 1/30/2017

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