Zest For Life
To me, citrus is Italy. Its oils, flesh and juices are used in our foods, drinks and – of course – fragrances. Last year, my family and I drove down to a lemon grove in Sorrento because my mother wanted to develop a scent. These Sorrento lemons are truly special – you pick them and the aroma is immediately apparent. It’s a sharp, acidic scent that’s also beautifully fresh. Using ingredients like that to make fragrances is a real art, not dissimilar to making wine. I also visited a bergamot grove some years ago, where a very popular Italian liqueur is made. It is rich, intense and quite sweet – sugar is added to counterbalance the acidity of the fruit, so it also smells honeyed as a result. It’s usually served cold, which mellows out the bitterness. Citrus fruits have a light, fresh quality that will always remind me of the Tuscan landscape in summer, with its lush greenery, vineyards and orchards.