Latin Name: Citrus limon
My Aroma Description (Perfumer’s Notes): zesty, citrus, hint of sweetness, cordial, fresh, natural, ripe peel, acidic-freshness, astringent, sour
Archetypal Fragrances: Dolce&Gabbana’s Light Blue
Raw Material Family: Citrus (Hesperide)
Type: Essential Oil
Where From: Italy (Menton)
Emotional Rewards Prioritised: The aroma of Lemon commonly creates the following emotions: [visualizer id=”457″]The graph above shows what emotions Lemon often creates and the relative level of importance.
Lemon is full of bright stimulation, a powerful taste and aroma meaning both a powerful mental stimulant. The response for consumers is the aroma awakens and stimulates bringing their mind alive and alert. In both fragrance and flavour taste consumers like the clean sense that lemon leaves. It gives a clean, refreshed pure feel.
For drinks flavouring, once the sharp taste of Lemon is mastered by consumers it provides wonderful refreshment; a pit of tongue taste hit, varying levels of astringency and, therefore, world-class refreshment. With it a refreshed, clean pure mouthfeel. Examples include (Perrier with Lemon, Tonic Water with Lemon, 7 up etc. A perfumist can therefore use Lemon to trigger these learnt responses.
In fragrance Marina Milojević of Fragrantica states…“This zesty scent blends well with floral notes of geranium, lavender, rose, and ylang-ylang. It also builds a nice olfactory harmony in combination with citronella, lime, neroli, orange and sage. Lemon note is one of the lightest notes and it is often used as a lovely bright and sparkling top note. The luminous aroma of lemon is a common ingredient in light and invigorating summer fragrances.”
Within food flavouring Citrus could be used for its intensity and freshness and works extremely well when contrasted with a distinctly different rear mouth character of similar intensity.