Just one smell of Yuzu, and you’ll be marching off to your local grocer to insist it be carried in the produce department! Yuzu is an Asian citrus fruit most commonly grown in Japan. The fruit resembles a lemon or small grapefruit, with uneven rough skin. While not often enjoyed in whole fruit form, Yuzu is an important part of Asian cuisine. Its juice and zest are used to brighten dishes, similar to how lemon is used in other cuisines. It is also a key ingredient in the popular Japanese sauce ponzu, and is used in vinegars and liquors.
The fragrance of Yuzu smells like a mix of grapefruit an orange, although notably less pungent. It’s both slightly tart and slightly sweet, fresh, and light. Yuzu blends great with other citrus scents such as Lemongrass, Orange Zest, and Grapefruit. It’s relatively balanced palate also allows it to be blended with more floral, earthy, or clean scents as well.