Each year, we select a different olfactory note to be the common thread of the Pair of the Senses (Maridatge dels Sentits).

the olfactory note

The olfactory note this year is Bergamot, a citric and exquisite fragrance that is cultivated in Calabria, Italy.

So for our 2023 contest all perfumes must be created around the Bergamot.


Citrus bergamia, the bergamot orange, is a fragrant citrus fruit the size of an orange, with a yellow or green color similar to a lime, depending on ripeness.

Genetic research into the ancestral origins of extant citrus cultivars found bergamot orange to be a probable hybrid of lemon and bitter orange.

Citrus bergamia is a small tree that blossoms during the winter. The juice tastes less sour than lemon, but more bitter than grapefruit.

The bergamot is a citrus fruit native to southern Italy. Production is mostly limited to the Ionian Sea coastal areas of the province of Reggio di Calabria in Italy, to such an extent that it is a symbol of the entire city. Most of the bergamot comes from a short stretch of land there, where the temperature is favourable. The fruit is also produced in Argentina, Brazil, Algeria, the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, and South-East Asia.

Bergamot oil is one of the most commonly used ingredients in perfumery- It is prized for its ability to combine with an array of scents to form a bouquet of aromas that complement each other.Bergamot is a major component of the original Eau de Cologne composed by Jean-Marie Farina at the beginning of the 18th century in Germany. The first use of bergamot oil as a fragrance ingredient was recorded in 1714, and can be found in the Farina Archive in Cologne. However, much “Bergamot oil” is today derived instead from eau de Cologne mint, also known as bergamot mint, which is a variety of water mint and is unrelated to citrus.

There will be
three "Mouillette d’Argent"

The rules

Each perfumer may submit a single perfume to the competition, provided that this perfume includes the scent or olfactory note selected for this edition and meets the requirements specified in the section “Sending samples”.

The competition organisers reserve the right to accept or reject entries if they do not comply with the conditions of these rules or have any other deficiency or formal defect. This also includes failure to meet the published deadlines for any of the stages of this competition.

Registration for the competition has cost of 70 €. Payment should be made through by credit card in the section THE CONTEST “Concurso de Perfumería 2023”.


You already have the winning perfumes of the 2019 and 2020 edition on sale at