Bergamoss is a gorgeous reminder of what vintage chypres smell like (before IFRA restricted oakmoss). This 100 percent natural perfume is a gift; a present to be unwrapped as layers of citruses, fruits and spices, reveal the rich depth of oakmoss and forest floors
-- Michael Singels, CaFleureBon
The eau de parfum is striking, exhilarating, and vibrant, the perfume equivalent of a beautiful woman in a daring green dress who turns heads the moment she enters a room.
-- Donna Hathaway, Perfume Smellin' Things
Green chypres are my favourite type of scent and Bergamoss is up there with the greats. The EDP spray has more of an immediate impact. The base notes have a delightful thick greenery. As much as I loved the solid Bergamoss (and how I long for more solid perfumes!) I found the EDP pleased my need for instant gratification -- when you want to take Bergamoss out on the road and see what it can do.
-- Samantha Scriven, I Scent You A Day
Possibly my favorite all-time scent from Aftelier Perfumes. To call out the different notes in Bergamoss–like the wild sweet orange top note or oak moss base almost belies how exquisitely blended and magical it is. You have to lean in and listen to this scent to hear it: one long, blissful note–a bit bright and sunny, but also soft and fading like dusk.
-- Rachel Safko, Sensibilitea
Bergamoss, a subtle solid perfume embodying many mysteries—gives great pleasure. I love oakmoss' inkiness, that primordial ooze quality which mesmerizes. Civet emphasizes this characteristic without overshadowing it; that would be inharmonious, and Mandy wouldn't permit it.
-- Ida Meister, Fragrantica
The flouve in Bergamoss adds a gorgeous sweet grassiness that balances it out in a newly enchanting way. It's quite magical yet still down to earth. It literally makes my mouth water. For even more fun you can layer it with her other perfume solids. I did it with the Jasmine Solid and the results are breathtaking
-- Tami Yu Nakpil, Fête à Fête blog
Bergamoss is lovely, and I think it is one of the prettiest things that Ms. Aftel has created. Chypres are the most elegant perfume family around...this is ultimately not a cold, aloof, haughty chypre, but a very sunny, happy one. Very pretty.
-- Kafkaesque Perfume Blog
The genius of Bergamoss perfume is its marriage of bright and light with warm and sensual. It's at once breathtakingly complex and easy breezy, like summer. I felt like I was taken back in time, to the French countryside, to a beautiful canopied forest and to a citrus orchard.
-- Steph Watanabe, The Girl Who Knows
Ms. Aftel has put the “real” stuff in a really excellent perfume. Wearing a solid perfume might be the most intimate experience one can have in perfume. It goes from narcotic sweetness to intense greenness. This makes Bergamoss feel in constant motion. Dip your finger in and find your personal olfactory bliss in its intimate excellence.
-- Mark Behnke, Colognoisseur blog
Mandy's treatment here is both Coty era exactness and elevated by her use of flouve and an antique civet. What results is an almost halo effect, glowing literal peach and gold around a body of opulent green oakmoss and wild sweet orange.
-- Einsof, Cafleurebon blog
This is the real deal with oakmoss galore and all sorts of other wonderful things including the rarely used aromatic grass called Flouve, which gives it the aroma of the sweetest meadow hay you ever smelled. LOVE!
-- Donna Hathaway
Swoon! Bergamoss is breathtaking!!
-- Jodi Battershell
Swirling my finger tip on the firm yet silken surface releases sparks of antiqued citrus in the air like so many dandelion wishes. Warm skin acts a catalyst, caressing out more depth, excavating nuances of spice and fruit flesh. All the while that rich golden green oakmoss sings. Bergamoss enchants me with her timeless luxury and quiet beauty.
-- The Redolent Mermaid
It’s mossy, lush, bright and green, with just enough warmth and earthiness to keep it interesting. Bergamot and orange give it sparkle. Citronellol from scented geraniums gives the fragrance that herbal yet slightly rosy scent the plants are known for. Nutmeg and civet add depth and keep things from smelling too clean and oakmoss adds that classic chypre complexity.
-- Australian Perfume Junkies
Bergamoss opens with as a shade of coral. It’s like peach nectar and orange pulp. However, this scent is a chypre and it’s all about the moss. It’s peaches, oranges and a warm, dry moss. The spices in this don’t add heat but they add a dry woodiness like bark on a forest floor. Bergamoss dries down to a classic, balsamic chypre base of dry moss and tobacco/vanilla like coumarin and hay. It’s like sunshine and forests.
Bergamoss has it all – it's refreshing, bright, sweet, floral, spicy, green (literally and figuratively so), mossy, earthy, rich, animalic and profound. Classic perfume lovers rejoice; the art of the chypre is not lost.
-- Perfume Smellin' Things
The opening is bracing and tart as the bergamot and its family of citrus rinds come alive on skin. At first one thinks this is going to be a crisp and curt perfume, maybe followed by galbanum. But, no. The bitterness is cut short by rounder and warmer notes, and Bergamoss becomes less green and fresh, more yellowish. The texture is soft and inviting, petals over velvet.
-- The Non-Blonde
Decrypting the name is simple, it’s bergamot + oakmoss. And that’s how Bergamoss starts. It opens with zesty and aromatic bergamot tones that give my nose a little tingle. Then almost immediately I can detect oakmoss. It has a rough, woody smell with elements of dry shrubs and dust. It’s a very classic and old-school take on chypre.
-- Chemist in the Bottle
Although beautifully blended, you can smell that these ingredients are natural. There’s no whiff of synthetics and no hint of everything being sanitised for the modern palate. This is earthy, beautiful and bangs its own drum. I give it ten out of ten.
-- I Scent You a Day