Almond (Prunus amygdalis var. Amara) is one of the people’s favorite foods, with seductive scent and taste, without which we couldn’t imagine many treats as well as perfumes. Just the thought of marzipan and amaretto make one’s mouth water. It is originally from the Middle East and East India. Due to its beneficial properties, it is used in medicine, aromatherapy, cosmetics, and perfume industry. Today, the largest almond producers come from the Americas, with Spain not far behind, where almond ice creams and milkshakes can be found on every corner, as well as Iran. The scent is luxurious, bitter-sweet, soft, and amazingly delicate, not too sweet like vanilla, but with it, it makes an irresistible combination in perfumes. Bitter almnd or better said bitter almnd essential oil, and its synthetic version are commonly used in perfumery.
The process of obtaining bitter almond essential oil is very complex because of the need to remove hydrocyanic acid, which is extremely toxic. Before using bitter almnd essential oil in perfumes, it is mandatory to remove the said substance. The removal of toxic material is achieved by alkaline leaching and rectification. Bitter almond oil is a colorless liquid with a thick but pure and sweet scent that reminds many of the famous marzipan sweets. For many of them, almond’s sweet and edible scent notes are reminiscent of home, childhood, and love. In perfumes, it awakens feelings of tenderness and warmth.
Bitter almond oil, however, is not so widely used in perfumes, and in most cases, its synthetic substitute – benzaldehyde – is used. Both substances have medium volatility and have no fixative properties. They combine well with floral and resin fragrance notes as well as other gourmand notes.
If you like gourmand fragrances, almonds will knock you off your feet in combination with coffee, cocoa, vanilla, or honey. This combination of scents relieves your inner hedonist and invokes pleasure. Also, the exciting combination is of almonds with fruity notes like apple and pear that give it a fresher and lighter tone. The almond note can also have a soap-fresh, pure scent combined with aldehydes and is, therefore, one of the most popular notes in soaps, shampoos, and skincare products.
For those who like delicate and sophisticated scents, almond perfumes are the right choice to complement their look and feel. One thing is for sure, you can either love the almond, or you won’t like it at all. Those who love it say that without its soft and warm scent, they cannot imagine any significant moment in their lives. Almond awakens your senses and envelops you, like a cashmere scarf with a unique sensual and delicious scent. It’s an embrace you never want to get out of.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BEST ALMOND PERFUMES: The sophisticated Cinema by Yves Saint Laurent and the intoxicating Hypnotic Poison by Dior.
There are many perfumes with an almond note: L’Erbolario Mandorla, Givenchy Pi, Montale Amandes Orientales, Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Amande, Aqualina Latte di Mandorla, Jo Malone Green Almond & Redcurrant, Hilde Soliani Orgasmo, Serge Luten Louve, Profumum Roma Dolce Acqua and Profumum Roma Dolce Acqua , Burberry Brit, L’Artisan Jour de Fete, Guerlain Black Perfecto and L’Homme Ideal edt, edp and Cologne, Elie Saab Girl of Now, Dior Cologne Blanche, Bvlgari Jasmin Noir.