Bergamote 22 is a woody aromatic unisex fragrance launched in 2006 by fragrance powerhouse Le Labo. Featuring a fresh bergamot opening, white floral middle, and an earthy and woody base, Bergamote 22 is one of the most popular bergamot fragrances on the market. Unfortunately, Le Labo fragrances are known for their hefty price tag, and Bergamote 22 is no exception. If you can’t get enough of the crisp freshness of Bergamote 22 but are looking for a less pricey alternative, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve rounded up nine of my favorite alternatives and dupes for Bergamote 22.
What are we looking for in Bergamote 22
As far as smell goes, Bergamote 22 reminds me of spending a warm, sunny afternoon walking amongst a bright green citrus grove. The scent is light and is a perfect spring and summer option to have on hand. Because there are no heavy notes and the projection is soft, it’s also perfect for the office since it’s unlikely to offend your coworkers.
When searching for your perfect dupe of Bergamote 22, you’ll need to ensure your fragrance has a few specific qualities. First, the opening must be bright, fresh, and citrusy. Bergamot is a prominent note to look for, but you can also find decent dupes featuring lemon, lime, or grapefruit. Other orange notes are also acceptable, but you don’t want the opening to lean too sweet. As it evolves, your fragrance should retain the bergamot note, but greens and white florals should appear and settle nicely in the background. Finally, the base of a Bergamote 22 dupe should be woody but may also feature some earthiness and a hint of amber. I also detect a hint of neroli in Bergamote 22, though that note is not in the accord. A close dupe may also include neroli.
Having said that, let me now share with you my top alternatives to Bergamote 22.
9 Dupes of Le Labo Bergamote 22
1. Simply Bergamot by ALT.
I think that the opening in Simply Bergamot is somewhat greener than Bergamote 22, though the citrus note develops similarly. There is also a sweet lime vibe that becomes more muted as it settles. While Bergamote 22 features a woody and musky base, the woody notes in Simply Bergamot are more subtle, and I noticed the musky notes are cleaner and lighter. The amber also becomes more prominent. However, they never overpower the citrus heart. The projection is also less potent than Bergamote 22, but the longevity is decent. I find Simply Bergamot to be a good option for those looking for a much more affordable option that is also a bit lighter.
2. La Collection Couturier Parfumeur Cologne Royale by Dior
This fragrance features a simpler composition than Bergamote 22, but has a similar overall feel to it. I detected a hint of menthol at the opening, and neroli takes center stage in the middle of wear before drying down into a light musky base. White florals are quite detectable and become less prominent over time, but they remain throughout wear. I like how a fresh green vibe lingers at the opening. It reminds me of running through a sunny spring meadow. While this is in theory a unisex fragrance, I feel the menthol notes make it lean slightly more masculine. Overall, this is a good alternative. However, the price tag is nearly equivalent, so consider this before trying it out.
3. Jardins de la Bargamote by Nilafar du Nil
While Jardins de la Bargamote lacks the slight amber vibe within Bergamote 22’s blend, its fragrance development and dry down experience are very similar. I picked up bright citrus hits of juicy bergamot, lime, and grapefruit. It does have a somewhat sweeter opening, but after a few minutes, it starts to develop a white floral vibe. The base is musky, and there is a slightly soapy vibe that is different. It’s much more affordable than Bergamote 22, though, and the longevity is even better. Give this one a try if you enjoy a musky dry-down and want a fragrance with a similar but slightly juicier opening.
4. Our impression of Le Labo – Bergamote 22 by OilPerfumery
My first impression of OilPerfumery’s dupe was a citrus-inspired fragrance with white florals and a woody base note. However, it became powdery as it developed, and the green notes were less apparent than in the original. Unfortunately, this fragrance lasted only a short time, and I had to top up about an hour after my initial application. So, while I think OilPerfumery did a great job formulating this imitation, longevity is lacking.
5. Moss by Commodity
Commodity’s Moss also features a strong citrus note at the opening and a similar musky and woody dry down. After a while, Moss takes on a greener vibe than Bergamote 22, and the cedar is more prominent at the base. However, I found the longevity significantly weaker, and I needed to reapply it after about three hours of wear. I still think Moss is an overall better value, though, and you can afford to reapply it as needed. I believe Moss has a crisp, clean vibe that becomes a bit muskier over time, but the first few hours of wear are comparable to Bergamonte 22.
6. Bois Blonds by Atelier Cologne
If you appreciate a strong bergamot vibe, woodier notes, and a slightly powdery dry down, you’ll enjoy Bois Blonds. I detected a familiar robust citrus opening. However, there is also a subtle ashy note that I experience a few minutes after spraying it. Like the sweet woodiness that develops in Bergamote 22, Bois Blonds also features a powdery woody scent that turns more earthy throughout the day. I can see this fragrance working well for any gender, just like Bergamote 22. However, the longevity was a little weaker. There is also a hint of spice in this fragrance, though that note tends to fade. Among my list of Bergamote 22 alternatives, it ranks among the most expensive ones. However, if you are okay with paying a comparably high price, you may also love the vibe of Bois Blonds.
7. Sparkling Bergamot Inspired By Bergamote 22 by Alexandria Fragrances
If you enjoy the supporting vanilla note within Bergamote 22 and wish it were more detectable, you need to try this Alexandria clone, Sparkling Bergamot. While there is a similar citrus opening, I detected a robust variety of floral notes that developed soon after. Because of this characteristic, I have to say that this option leans more feminine. The base is also not as woody and seemed a bit greener to my nose. If you’re looking for something similar to Bergamote 22 but with a slightly more feminine feel, this might be your option.
8. 22 Shades Of Bergamot – by The Dua Brand
I believe 22 Shades of Bergamot is one of the closest dupes on this list. When I first sprayed it, I only detected a slight citrus note. However, it needed some time to settle and develop. A few minutes after application, I found the opening extremely citrusy with green notes followed by a slight amber and vanilla note and a woody, yet musky, base. Although the dry-down experience is exceptionally similar to Bergamote 22, the base takes a muskier turn after a little while. The longevity is outstanding, and I received about six hours of wear. The projection is more robust, and there is a decent scent trail, so be careful not to overapply.
9. 25 Shades Of Another Bergamot by The Dua Brand
This dupe is The Dua Brand’s take on Bergamot 22 and Another 13 by Le Labo, which is more of an amber and woody fragrance. I think this may be a hybrid to consider if you enjoy these notes. While the opening is fresh and citrusy, I also found apple and pear create a slightly juicier vibe than Bergamote 22. The base is similarly woody, and I feel that the amber note becomes more predominant over time. A lingering scent remains throughout the day, thanks to the intense projection and longevity. If you’re a fan of Bergamote 22 and also enjoy woodier and more amber-based fragrances, this dupe is worth considering.