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Bitter Orange Obsession 160287315

By: Pierre Hellivan
Posted: June 25, 2012, from the June 2012 issue of P&F magazine.

High above Grasse, France, there stands a single bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium subsp. amara), a living reminder of the half million such trees that dotted the landscape 100 years ago. This bigaradier, as the French call it, blooms every April, releasing the very essence of spring, the unmistakable lingering scent that once perfumed the entire region.

High above Grasse, France, there stands a single bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium subsp. amara), a living reminder of the half million such trees that dotted the landscape 100 years ago. This bigaradier, as the French call it, blooms every April, releasing the very essence of spring, the unmistakable lingering scent that once perfumed the entire region.

Bitter Orange Tree Ingredients: Neroli, Orange Blossom Water, Orange Flower Absolute, Orange Bigarade, Orange Peel Absolute and Petitgrain

Citrus aurantium L., the bitter orange tree, is unrivaled for the sheer number of fl avor and fragrance ingredients extracted from its fl owers, leaves, twigs and fruit (F-1). These ingredients bear the volatile compounds of great classic raw materials, which perfumer Mandy Aftel calls “bitter orange’s encyclopedia of scents.”

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