From the pungent whiff of lemon to the sweetness of apple – what’s not to love about fruity perfume? Fruity cologne is a much-loved genre of scent, not least because it lifts the spirits, invigorates the senses, and attracts plenty of attention.
If you’re considering buying a new fragrance, and you’re tempted by something fruit-based, here is a guide to help you.
Fruity scent perfume – why do we love it so much?
Fruity smelling perfume not only provides a lovely aroma; it’s actually good for you too. Several studies have been carried out into the effects of certain scents, and here are some of their findings:
- Apples are good for blood pressure, and more. Did you know that when you wear fragrances like Aventus (which feature apple), you might also be having a positive effect on your health? Apples, according to one scientific study in the US, can regulate blood pressure, and even reduce the symptoms of a migraine. How’s that for a wonder-fruit? Of course, perfume-makers can make no health claims, but when you’re next purchasing a fresh, fruity perfume, it might be worth keeping in mind.
- Lemons might calm stress. There’s definitely something evocative about the smell of a lemon. It’s reminiscent of warm evenings on the Mediterranean (which is probably why our version of Neroli Portofino is so popular). But here’s some fascinating information - studies have shown that lemons might help to relieve stress. One Japanese test found that stress-levels in rodents were reduced significantly by the scent of this humble citrus fruit. Whether this fruity scent perfume works or not, we’ll happily keep wearing it.
- Oranges may relieve anxiety. There’s no doubt about it; we live in anxiety-inducing times. Our busy lives seem geared towards making us fretful and panicked, so anything that might reduce these symptoms is well received! According to studies carried out in the Netherlands, criminals who were exposed to orange scents were less aggressive. Another study in Vienna found that people were calmer in a doctor’s waiting room when they smelt orange in the air. It sounds like a good reason to go searching for a sweet fruity perfume that features this citrus fruit.
Unexpected fruity scented perfume
Some fruit ingredients are commonly used in fragrance. These include citrus fruits like lemon, bergamot and orange, plus sweeter flavours like apple.
However, be on the look-out for more distinctive options. For example, some fragrances feature more unusual fruits, like pineapple or coconut. These are more tropical in nature, which offer an entirely different sort of scent. Others use berry ingredients, which are far juicier and richer.
Some other types of fruity smelling perfume use diverse complementary ingredients to create entirely new effects. Here’s where the famous perfume wheel comes in very handy indeed.
There are a few sub-categories on the wheel that are fruit-based, such as Citrus and Fruity. These scents tend to work well with:
- Aromatic (lavender and other herbs)
- Green (fresh, outdoors-inspired scents)
- Woody oriental (such as sandalwood and patchouli)
When combined with aromatic scents, like rosemary and myrtle, the overall effect is reminiscent of Italy or the south of France. However, when combined with fresh, green scents like vetiver, the personality of the fruity perfume shifts again; this time taking on a more rugged effect.
Fresh fruity perfume – when did it become popular?
In terms of the history of perfume, fruit is a relative latecomer. The earliest fragrances were originally made from tree resin or wood, then burned as incense in temples. Certain flowers were also popular in perfumes, such as rose, lavender and violet. Ironically, they were as much prized for masking body odour as they were for providing a pleasant aroma!
So, why were fruits not used so much to begin with, given how pleasant these edibles smell? Well, fruity cologne was actually hard to make. The scents, when extracted from the fruits, weren’t very strong. As such, they didn’t offer much longevity – something that immediately lessened their value.
Interestingly, to this day, a lot of the fruit smells in perfumes tend to be synthetic, for this exact reason. There are a few notable exceptions. For example, the rinds of citrus fruits produce longer-lasting scent, so they’re often used.
Despite the fact that fruit had a late start in the world of perfume, it’s risen to become one of the modern world’s favourite fragrance genres. Sales of the best fruity cologne out there are absolutely stratospheric. In short, we’re a nation that really, really likes citrus, berries and apples!
Fruity smelling perfume – what to consider
When you’re deciding what fruity scented perfume to buy, consider the following:
- What fruits do you actually like? Fruity fragrance perfumes are often quite potent. They’re immediately identifiable, as they smell so different to other styles of scent. As this is the case, you need to know what sort of aromas work best for you. If you’re fond of something with a bit more bite, a citrus-based scent is a good option. Apple is quite versatile, and can be either sweet or fresh, depending on the other ingredients. Berries are tangy and work well with spicier ingredients.
- When will you be wearing it? There’s a misconception that fruity smelling perfume is reserved for daytime wear. This isn’t completely inaccurate, as many of these fragrances are lively and energetic, which is more appropriate for a day out, or in the workplace. However, that’s not to say that they can’t be alluring and sensual too. Look out for fragrances that combine apple with oak moss, for example. Or bergamot with sandalwood. These are both decadent, enticing aromas.
- What level of fruit is right? Some fruity scented perfume is completely fruit-dominant. Others feature just a hint of fruit, combined with many other ingredients. Consider what will work best for you before committing.
The best fruity cologne?
It’s always a good idea to get recommendations when you’re looking for a new fruity scent perfume. If you browse online, you should be able to find some great review sites, detailing what the best options are. Copycat Fragrances also has plenty of reviews; which provide handy insight into the nature of each of our ‘inspired by’ fragrances.
Here are just a few that are known as being either a great fruity fragrance perfume or cologne:
- Virgin Island Water. Our version of Virgin Island Water is a perfect example of an unusual, yet sweet fruity perfume. It’s a highly popular scent; not least because it features pineapple and coconut; which when combined, are immediately reminiscent of a tropical island. It’s a great example of how fragrance can be used to transport you to another place.
- One Million. The homage to One Million is another one to test out. It’s dominated by the exotic scent of mandarin, which is spiced up with the addition of cinnamon. Amber adds depth, making it suitable for either daytime or evening wear.
- Coco Mademoiselle. This timeless fragrance showcases how the inclusion of fruit can create something timeless and special. In this instance, the stars of the show are juicy orange and bergamot, which are sweetened by vanilla. It’s a fresh, yet flirty perfume.
Testing out fruity perfume
As you’ve probably realised by now, there are a huge number of fruit-based fragrances available out there. There’s only so far that written information can go – testing them out is the only way to ensure you find the ideal scent for you.
Thankfully, Copycat Fragrances do sample-sized versions of every one of their perfumes and colognes. This provides the perfect chance to not only trial each one, but also apply them on a few separate occasions. This is actually pretty important, as one fragrance might smell wonderful when you’re wearing it at work, but not so ideal when you’re on a hot date.
Our 5 ml bottles contain approximately five to 10 applications each; sometimes more, depending on how much you use each time. We also have exclusive sample packs, which showcase some of our bestselling fragrances; and yes, plenty of them contain our favourite ingredient… fruit!
To find out more, simply visit the Copycat Fragrances website today.
Disclaimer: all products mentioned above, along with their labelling, are a guide and should not be confused with the actual fragrance brand. Any name trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective designers or makers. Please note, these perfumes and candles are not to be confused with the originals, and we have no affiliation with any companies mentioned. Our interpretations of the fragrances and candles were created through chemical analysis and personal development, and their description is solely to give the customer an idea of the nature of the scent. It is not designed to mislead or confuse the customer in any way, and does not infringe on the manufacturer's or designer's name or trademark.