Bergamot is the smell of mornings. A strong cup of Earl Grey tea soothes crankiness and ushers in the day a little more kindly. It smells good, after all. Bergamote 22 from Le Labo opens up with that bracing efect of bergamot and other sharp citrus fruit such as grapefruit and lemon. It's a little peppery and nose singeing in the best possible way; You will wake up after spraying.
Bergamote 22 is dry and tart. A linear citrus with a strong base of cedar and a just a hint of vetiver. What you smell is what you get from start to finish, and it doesn't apologize for it. I've worn this Le Labo perfume indoors and out, in airconditioned rooms on and hot humid days. Bergamote 22 stays strong and reliable and doesn't fade even 12 hours after spraying (I use quite bit, though. Five or six sprays easily). There's a layer of almost coniferous green right after the simple citrus settles and that's probably as interesting as it ever gets. Perfumer Daphne Bugey who composed Bergamote 22 for Le Labo created a strong perfume that doesn't try too hard. It's there and it smells good. Some days that's a very comforting thought.
Notes (from Luckyscent): bergamot, petitgrain, grapefruit, nutmeg, orange blossom, aspic, cedar, amber, musk and vetiver.
Bergamote 22 ($58, 15ml) and the rest of the Le Labo line can be found at Barneys, Luckyscent and Le Labo boutiques around the world. I highly recommend taking advantage of Le Labo's discovery set that lets you order 3 vials of different perfumes, 5 ml each for $58 (available online from lelabofragrances.com).
Photo by Saul Leiter for Vogue UK, October 1966 (dress by Frank Usher).