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Best in Show: Chypre Fragrances (2016)

10/16/16 10:55:20 (52 comments)

by: Bella van der Weerd, Elena Vosnaki, Miguel Matos, Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison, John Biebel

Coty Chypre

Some say that the first chypre (French for Cyprus, but in reference to the island, not the tree) began in 1917 with the launch of the famous Chypre de Coty, a pre-oriental blend of sharp citruses laid over oakmoss, patchouli, a floral bouquet, styrax (benzoin), civet and musk. However, one only needs to examine perfume history closely to understand that actually Guerlain with their Chypre de Paris and d'Orsay with their Chypre d'Orsay actually preceded Coty by almost a decade!

But where did this pairing of a fragrance genre and the Mediterranean island of Cyprus come from? Elena Vosnaki explains that it may be the result of the famous face powder of the Cypriots, a product long in vogue throughout the ages with an aroma not too far off from the modern chypre concept. Cyprus itself is the location of the oldest known perfume factory in the world dating back to 2000 B.C. and is also the mythological birthplace of Aphrodite/Venus. Hence, the history of aroma and connection to beauty rituals reinforces the allure of Cyprus. For more info, see Elena's full article HERE.

And what exactly is a chypre bouquet? Three main ingredients have come to characterize the chypre - bergamot (a bright citrus note), labdanum (a warm resin produced by rockrose) and oakmoss (tree lichen). Throughout the years there have been many variations on this theme and this week our Fragrantica international editors discuss some of their favorites. With such a broad array of choices and subgenres (e.g. floral chypre, leather chypre, fruity chypre) it was a challenge not to exclude some famous aromas. We hope you enjoy our journey through the chypre universe and encourage you to share your own favorite chypres in a comment below!

 

Oakmoss Rockrose Bergamot

 

THIERRY MUGLER CHYPRISSIME

By: Bella van der Weerd, editor of Fragrantica in Dutch and co-editor of Fragrantica in English

Chyprissime

Thierry Mugler Chyprissime: This spicy bergamot, oak moss, patchouli, pear composition from Mugler’s “Les Exceptions” collection, which is not easy to get your hands on in certain European countries, has me mesmerized whenever I wear it. The whole collection offers high quality creations crafted around the major themes of traditional perfumery: floral, oriental, fougère, musky, chypre, leather and woody. Growing up as a perfumista in the eighties, I am instantly transported to my days of Paloma Picasso, La Nuit Paco Rabanne and Fendi for Women when I smell Chyprissime on my skin, created by Jean-Christophe Herault and Olivier Polge.

Chyprissime has a tangy, citrus-chypre burst in the top that tickles the nose and makes you sit up straight in your chair, ready to discover the next stages of its development. After the opening has calmed down a bit, the notes melt into a woody, masculine rose (cistus labdanum) with hints of something sweet (the official notes say pear, although I would never have guessed it). To my nose something ambery develops in the background, even though it’s not listed as an ingredient here, but the overall feel continues to be spicy fresh due to the still perceivable bergamot and green patchouli.

The mossy, green patchouli dry down is beautifully balanced with the touch of warm sweetness carried on from the heart and offers a remarkable longevity; it’s one of those fragrances you put on in the morning and still detect on your skin at night, if you put your nose close to the spot you sprayed.

I love wearing Chyprissime when fall is setting in; it brings to my mind the colors of the turning leaves, the warm, slightly sweet spices we associate with this time of year and a touch of nostalgia that seems to fit the fall mood. Beautiful.

Honorable MentionsPaloma PicassoLa Nuit Paco RabanneFendi for WomenClinique Aromatics Elixir


Oakmoss Rockrose Bergamot

 

CLINIQUE AROMATICS ELIXIR

By: Elena Vosnaki, editor of Fragrantica in Greek

Aromatics Elixir

What does the enchanted, primeval forest vibrates of? You can smell it in the air. You can feel it in your bones. The waters and the trees speak of it in hushed psithurism. It might take the form of a brothers Grimm fairytale or it can be part of Scandinavian mythology. Aromatics Elixir, one of the most commercially enduring chypre fragrances inspired by the trampled leaves on the forest floor, is continuously attempting to reply to the troll king question in Peer Gynt: "What is the difference between troll and man?"

The sudden entrance into an apocryphal cave where creation must have begun, in the guts of the earth, Aromatics Elixir fans out powdery notes of coumarin and rose and the bitter taste of hard-milled soap as you enter the densely packed pine forest. Humble chamomille is mocking you as you bend to pick up some, to only come face to face with poisoned mushrooms and the warmth radiating from the animals hidden in the darkest recesses.

When Bernard Chant made this for Clinique at the beginning of the 1970s it clustered around his other bitter-sweet, inedible chypre fragrances, such as Cabochard and Aramis, scents meant to act like an amulet of prophylaxis from modern miasmata. Hence the Clinique name. Nowadays I smell Elixir in my city of residence everywhere, peeking under the exhaust of public transport and behind the glasses of Campari bitters.

A scent to straighten your back, square your shoulders and dare the elements, be they of a natural or a social sense, to knock you down. But you subsist.

In Ibsen's Peer Gynt he Old Man of the Mountain replies to the original question: "Out there, where sky shines, humans say: 'To thyself be true.' In here, trolls say: 'Be true to yourself and to hell with the world.'" That's Aromatics Elixir for you!

Honorable Mentions (excluding woody florals like No.19 and leather scents like Bandit): Mitsouko extrait (Guerlain), Femme (Rochas)La Panthère (Cartier), Bottega Veneta eau de parfumPrivate Collection Jasmine White Moss (Lauder), Paloma Picasso.

 

Oakmoss Rockrose Bergamot

 

GUERLAIN MITSOUKO (EDP)

By: Miguel Matos, editor of Fragrantica in Portuguese

Mitsouko

Chypre is almost always a very intellectual perfume family. I always see green or floral chypres as cold, conceptual and complex. And this is a good thing in my opinion. However, there are chypres and there are chypres. And Guerlain Mitsouko Eau de Parfum is the other kind of chypre. It's a carnal one, a lush fragrance that keeps people interested even after almost a century after its creation. Oakmoss and peach are the keys to its allure, at least on my skin and for my nose. Spices heat the composition in such a hedonistic way that the intellectual side of chypre disappears in order to give place to a pure feast for the body.

Mitsouko may not have such a sweaty aspect as, say, Femme de Rochas, but it rather depends of the fruity peach to make us salivate and think of velvety skin - from fruit or from human nature. There is also a gourmand side to it because of the edible qualities Mitsouko has. This fragrance is so many things and it seems to be unisex despite having been created for women.

Mitsouko has a warm heart that is constantly palpitating in arousal. All the notes seem to warm up and even steam up sometimes depending on who is wearing the scent. Mitsouko was actually one of the first feminine Guerlains I ever smelled, even after being so used to wearing Habit Rouge, with which it shares some obvious "guerlainesque" accords. And the first time I smelled it I imagined that this is the perfect symbol of perfume luxury and richness. It still is and I am glad that Thierry Wasser reformulated it years ago to bring it back to the old glory days.

Honorable MentionsHalston Halston ClassicJean Couturier CoriandreRochas Femme RochasMarc de la Morandiere Bleu de ChineRobert Piguet BanditGres Cabochard,Courreges Empreinte (new)Christian Dior Miss Dior Eau de Toilette OriginaleLa Perla La PerlaMolinard Les Orientaux: Chypre d`OrientSP Parfums Sven Pritzkoleit Violet Moss

 

Oakmoss Rockrose Bergamot

 

CHANEL ANTAEUS

By: Marlen Elliot Harrison, co-editor of Fragrantica in English

Chanel Antaeus

In 1981 Chanel entered the animalic-chypre conversation with the infamously castoreum-focused Antaeus pour Homme. Nowadays, however, consumers won't find either castoreum OR oakmoss mentioned in the olfactory pyramid. The current brand description reads, "CHANEL ANTAEUS is lean, lithe and potent—just like its Greek hero namesake. It is the most powerful, long-lasting form of men's fragrance that gives you an unmistakably masculine presence, day and night. This cooling, revitalizing eau de toilette is a fresh, virile formula to spray lavishly all over the body." Hmmm, "cooling" and "refreshing" are not words I would choose to describe this dark, resinous animalic. And pity those around the individual who sprays Antaeus lavishly all over the body. It's one of the only scents I have been requested not to wear around specific individuals. Antaeus can be a difficult fellow, indeed, but I've loved him despite his brutishness for a good 30+ years now.

Once upon a time, before modern sensibilities and regulations, Antaeus was chock full of both oakmoss and castoreum, a glandular anal secretion that beavers use to mark territory. Combine the skanky castoreum with rich green moss and sweet resinous labdanum and complement them with green herbs - such as sage, myrtle and patchouli - and a touch of citrus in the topnotes and we have Antaeus, a leathery green aroma that seems to be as popular today as it was 35 years ago when it first launched. With today's sensibilities leaning toward gourmands or aquatics, Antaeus remains something of an anomaly, a relic from a bygone period. Yes, he is challenging, but for those who enjoy the darker depths of a fragrance that offers nothing even remotely fruity, fresh or dessert-like, he can also become a loyal friend. And although this is "for men", I would LOVE to smell this on a woman.

And just a note to say that the decision to review Antaeus was tough, indeed. Knowing and Chanel 19 had been my first choices with the other honorable mentions below fighting a tough battle for attention. But as no one else had chosen a "men's fragrance", I figured I'd go in another direction.

Honorable Mentions: Estee Lauder KnowingDSH RendezvousBill Blass Basic BlackPaco Rabanne La NuitCourreges EmpreinteUngaro DivaShiseido Basala, Chanel #19

 

Oakmoss Rockrose Bergamot

 

JEAN COUTURIER CORIANDRE

By: John Biebel, co-editor of Fragrantica in English

Coriandre

The mere mention of the word “chypre” always draws my mind to one perfume before any other: the 1973 classic Coriandre by Jacqueline Couturier. It was released under the perfume house she helped to create with her perfumer father, Jean Couturier, who worked for many years at Yves Saint Laurent before creating his own brand. What Jacqueline created in the mid-seventies was a fragrance that has never quite met an equal – an aromatic, green and fresh chypre perfume that was beautiful but subtle at the same time. Did she know that she was crafting an endearing classic as it was coming together in the Couturier lab? We’ll never know, but to center her fragrance around a core of a citrus and spicy aromatic seed was a fascinating start.

What draws us into the unusual world of Coriandre is its austere presentation. I’ve often said that Coriandre is the best (and last) of a certain type of packaging – the box of epic architectural surface design. In this case, the cold, stark green depth of granite flecked with flashes of white, edged in gold, brings to mind monumental buildings, sarcophagi. Removing the bottle, the austerity carries over to the heavy marbleized cap on a weighty, frosted rectangular vessel. Like nearly every chypre, Coriandre does not fail to wrap the wearer in that particularly fascinating opening of sharp citrus punctuated by the hint of warm-sourness brought together by oakmoss, sandalwood and patchouli. Coriandre has a lovely flutter of aldehydes that are perfectly dosed to lighten and freshen the perfume into something extremely bright, borderline soapy as it contacts the air and skin. Instantly the perfume rises dimensionally in a complex whorl of the chypre fingerprint: mossy, ambery, animalic, floral, but at its heart the enigmatic spice of east and west: Coriander.

Is there a spice as divisive as coriander? So warm, lemony and resinous in its seed form, so aromatic, musty and fragile as fresh leaves. As an essential oil, it can be drawn from either source (more affordably from the seeds,) but even this extraction reflects the greener moments of the whole plant. Coriandre combines this essence with trace bits of flowers to produce a remarkable perfume experience as it reaches its heart notes. The opening bergamot has transferred its greenness to coriander seed and then moves softly to jade-like cool civet, musk and sandalwood. Such a full-throated perfume ends on the gentlest of pianissimo endings, akin to walking to the very end of a garden and entering the loggia at sunset. Coriandre is this journey from the outdoors in, of bold beginnings, and soothing returns. So although the concept of the chypre may be strictly a “fantasy” formulation by the famous house of Coty in the early 20th century, Coriandre has claimed its own particularly green corner of this island world.

Honorable Mentions: Oriza L. Legrand Chypre MousseMCDI Parfums Chypre Palatin,Carven Ma GriffeClinique Aromatics ElixirGuerlain Sous le VentParfums Regence Oakmoss

 

Oakmoss Rockrose Bergamot

 

What are your favorite chypre aromas?



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toothdoc7007
toothdoc7007

nightingale zoologist is my favorite! i feel like a 20's flapper in a silk dress when i wear this fragrance!

Dec
22
2016
Catty
Catty

It was a delight to read this article.
Chypre is my beloved group in perfumery. I would mention still the following ones:
- Quartz Molyneux
- So Pretty Cartier
- Eau de Soir Sisley
- Soir de Lune Sisley
- Paloma Picasso edt
- Tiffany for Women
- Diva Emmanuel Ungaro
- Y YSL

Congrats for the article!

Dec
08
2016
irisjetaime
irisjetaime

Rive Gauche YSL
Femme Rochas
Miss Dior (Original) --> Evidemment...
La Fuite de heures Balenciaga
L'Heure Bleue Guerlain
First Van Cleef (dans la famille des chypres fruités)

La liste est probablement la plus longue des parfums....
Et les nez qui les sentent (c a d nous) sont encore plus nombreux

Dec
08
2016
zoranna
zoranna

Antaeus (vintage) is my unicorn
other favorites

Mitsouko EDT Vintage
YSL Y Vintage

I'd love to try Halston, Mitsouko Vintage Extrait & EDP

Nov
26
2016
guest_
guest_

Antaeus (vintage) is my unicorn
other favorites

Mitsouko EDT Vintage
YSL Y Vintage

I'd love to try Halston, Mitsouko Vintage Extrait & EDP

Nov
26
2016
Hildegerd
Hildegerd

Scherrer.

Nov
22
2016
Starlett_Sexton
Starlett_Sexton

EL Knowing all the way! Love it! Star

Nov
21
2016
Precisely
Precisely

YSL Yvresse, not included? But of course it should be! My other beloved Chypres: Niki de Saint Phalle, Ma Griffe, Courreges Empreinte (orig), Peau de Soie, Animale Animale, Cabochard Gres, Halston (orig), Balmain Ivoire, Chanel Cristalle, and Vent Vert.

Nov
21
2016
Shibor
Shibor

Fetish by Roja Dove is a good interpretation of the chypre theme.

Nov
20
2016
hills by the sea
hills by the sea

Thank you for this article. Another chypre newbie here. My mother wore Femme so I am familiar with it and love it. But the perfumes that really spiked my interest in chypres are the elegant and lovely Jasmin White Moss by Estee Lauder (instant love) and original Shiseido Zen. I was fortunate enough to find an original black bottle. By the way, it is still currently available in the same black splash bottle on department store websites but I am not sure if it has been reformulated?
Another long time love - Ivoire by Balmain, a favorite of an aunt of mine.

Nov
19
2016
La DameDeNoir
La DameDeNoir

Great article. As fan of Chypre fragances, I can nonetheless that say thank you to all of you.

Aromatics Elixir is a longtime favourite of mine. The pity is that all those wonderful perfumes are closing to an end, due to the restrictions of the use of certain raw materials, the mainstreams tastes of today and other reasons.

Anyway, thank you.

Nov
18
2016
Yourfoxiness
Yourfoxiness

Such a great read, thank you! Top chypres or "pseudo chypres" for me

Dioressence
Niki de St Phalle
L Temps D Une Fete
Pyxis
Mitsouko
Halston Classic
La Perla
Gucci 3
L Arte
I'm forgetting many..

Nov
17
2016
kriziaprincess
kriziaprincess

L'arte de Gucci...I would do anything to have this perfume in my life!! and the queen Paloma PIcasso, my mothers favorite. and EL Knowing gets an honorable mention from me : )

Nov
17
2016
Bstefcorbin
Bstefcorbin

Graduated H.S. class of '87 - I've always been a chypre gal! Sisley's Eau du Soir is still my "signature." Gucci no.III holds the fondest memories for me though. That coriander note! I was crazy for Erte' back then, and the art deco bottle was just so cool! Karl Lagerfelds' Chloe was a love at first sniff, I remember dabbing it on my neck and behind my ears before my first prom - wearing a strapless gold lame' Guinnie Sax gown! Thank you for another great article! :)

Nov
17
2016
Mary-Jayne
Mary-Jayne

I am sure there is very little I can add to the many comments already posted, but when has that ever stopped me from trying?!!
Chypre fragrances always felt like "grown up" perfumes to me when I was younger. Well, in some ways they still do feel like proper grown ups perfume, it's just I now consider myself to be grown up big enough to partake in the joys a good chypre brings! But for a good portion of my life, when I was a child or a teenager, chypres were among those special, sacred perfumes that seemed reserved for proper women - women who could wear swishy skirts, soft chiffon blouses, delicate pearl earrings, and high heeled shoes and not look like they'd just raided the dressing up box!
Of course I have grown into a person who is highly unlikely to wear any of those things, except for the chypre perfumes.

I always see classic style chypres as being painted in tones of greens and browns, in earthy tones like sage green, the light beige of dry earth in a hot climate, a palate that would in fact be fittingly perfect for the landscapes in Cyprus in high summer.

Some of my favourite chypre fragrances are:
Guerlain Mitsouko
Rochas Femme
Balenciaga Le Dix
Balenciaga Cialenga
Creed Irisia
Acqua di Parma Profumo
Amouage Jubilation woman
Bois 1920 Come la Luna
Caron N'Aimez que Moi
Guerlain Chant d'Aromes

I am sure I have forgotten something off the list though!

Nov
02
2016
Olotitan
Olotitan

My Favorite:
Halston Couture
Knowing
Montana Parfum de Peau (Must Try!
Paloma Picasso
Ivoire de Balmain
Galanos (Must have! hands down my fav of all times..
Classic Elegance and Sensual Chypre!
Magie Noire!
Deneuve Catherine Deneuve!

Oct
22
2016
Olotitan
Olotitan

My Favorite:
Halston Couture
Knowing
Montana Parfum de Peau (Must Try!
Paloma Picasso
Ivoire de Balmain
Galanos (Must have! hands down my fav of all times..
Classic Elegance and Sensual Chypre!

Oct
22
2016
felicite34
felicite34

Thank you all for suggestions.
My top fragrances are chypres:
Halston, and Azuree
I believe this is my favorite type of fragrance and I will need to buy some others.

I have salvatore ferragamo signorina eleganza, definitely a leather/rose is that chypre? Not sure, but that is also in my tops.

I have a sample of Mitsouko, while it is to die for once it settles on my skin... it takes about 5 hours to do that. In the meantime it is quite sour. I am having a hard time getting used to it.

Oct
21
2016
gazelle
gazelle

Chypres are my favorites. Among my most favorite: Coty Chypre, Salvador Dali Parfum, Aromatics Elixir, Mitsouko, and many more. Many thanks for the article.

Oct
21
2016
ThEnAuGhTyPrOf.
ThEnAuGhTyPrOf.

Wow! What a great article! Chypre............, a true staple to everyone's collection.... I've had a few beauties in my journey and it's extremely difficult to break it down to a top 10 or even 5...... I've sniffed out so many great ones, I guess I may as well focus on my Holy Grail [3]………

These are the gold standard- the ones that have really really stood out to me though and they are part of my regular yearly rotation, no matter how large the collection gets. One of these I can no longer even find- so I refuse to spray more than twice.....

1. Roja Dove: Vetiver
2. Brooks Brothers New York Gentleman
3. Muscs Koublai Khan by Serge Lutens

Oct
20
2016
militanttihintti
militanttihintti

Bandit is my all time favourite chypre!

Oct
20
2016
Arlene-Beatrix
Arlene-Beatrix

I like soft chypre scents like Diamonds Club by Armani. Watery mandarin, rose and patchouli. Simple and perfect!

Oct
20
2016
nez
nez

Nice article guys, I love chypre perfumes and I come from Cyprus, isn't that terrible?

My favs are:
-Guilded lily by Ineke
-Cabochard de Grès
-Halston by Halston
-Capucci pour Homme by Capucci
-Quiproquo de Grès
-Basala by Shiseido (wish I could get my hands on a bottle)
-Paloma by Paloma Picasso
-Silences by Jacomo

Oct
20
2016
NebraskaLovesScent
NebraskaLovesScent

There were so many in this category for me that I couldn't pick one to include in this article, LOL!

Aromatics, Mitsouko and Coriandre, yes, yes, yes!

Niki de Saint Phalle
Providence Perfume Co. Moss Gown
La Perla La Perla
Paloma Picasso
Ivoire de Balmain
Maroc
Molinard Chypre d'Orient
Molinard de Molinard
Ineke Gilded Lily

I better just stop there. Viva the chypre!

Oct
17
2016
knotslandinggirl
knotslandinggirl

My top 3 are
Eau du soir Sisley
Clinique aromatics elixir
Mitsouko edp

Oct
17
2016
guynspfld
guynspfld

My favorite type of scent!!!! Great article! I think some other chypre or the like. Fresh Cannabis Rose, Sisley Eau de Soir, Bond No 9 H.O.T Always, Bond No. 9 Silver Factory, Aramis 900, Tom Ford White Patchouli and Noir de Noir, Shiseido Zen, Tokyo Milk Dark Excess. Just some if the most wonderful scents that seem to be part of this amazing category. Again, great article

Oct
17
2016
arzacu
arzacu

Favourites Chypres:

-Creation by Ted Lapidus
-Aromatics Elixir by Clinique

For Men:

-Antaeus by Chanel
-Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene (this one has all the "chypre" elements but I'm still thinking it's more of a "green floral" since its bitter-soapy-powdery combo, vegetal notes and green flowers)

Oct
17
2016
Bajar
Bajar

Oh dear editors, I can't thank you enough for the wonderful article and your suggestions. I haven't loved any other group of perfumes as passionately as chypres and a quick look in my wardrobe can prove it. I can't explain why I love them so much but when I smell most of them, I feel like being in my safe place, like returning to the bosom of Mother Nature.
I always have a liking for the green ones but I also love the bold chypres of '80s and those that are somewhere between the oriental and the leather group.

Cristalle EdT wears the crown for more than 15 years now in my life.

All the classics mentioned above are favourites too but if I have to choose or add some the list would be like this

Paco Rabanne -La nuit
Christian Dior - Miss Dior (Original)
Montana - Parfum de Peau
Sisley - Eau de Soir
Piguet - Bandit
Guerlain - Parure
Balengiaga - Cialenga

As for Antaeus, for many years it was the only masculine perfume I loved from Chanel. I find it irresistible on a man but I admit that I really enjoy it on me as well.

Oct
17
2016
Aafridi
Aafridi

Wonderful article.My favorite chypre fragrances.
I adore these from my have list:
JoAnne Bassett Intimacy, Chanel Antaeus, Guerlain Coriolan, Oriza L. Legrand Chypre Mousse, Guerlain Mitsouko, Aramis Aramis, Aramis 900, Jacomo Silences, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, Chanel Pour Monsieur, Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir, Clinique Aromatics Elixir, Davidoff Davidoff for men, Emanuel Ungaro Diva, Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel, Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar, Lancome Magie Noire, Capucci Pour Homme, Monsieur de Givenchy, Perles De Lalique, Revlon Charlie Blue and Yardley Chique
Want to buy these at the moment:
Dusita Le Sillage Blanc Parfums
DSH Perfumes Rendezvous
Chyprissime by Thierry Mugler
Paco Rabanne La Nuit
Bond No 9 Bleecker Street
Paloma Picasso Paloma Picasso
Cartier La Panthere

Oct
17
2016
jana.hullinghorst
jana.hullinghorst

my faves:
eau du soir
shalimar PI
Iris 39
Mitsouko EDT
Chanel 19
Bottega Veneta

there are sooo many beauties, this is a favorite of mine in general. LOVE Chypres!

Oct
17
2016
heather62
heather62

In my collection so far are:

Aromatics
Aramis 900
Timeless
Paloma Picasso
Charlie

Oct
17
2016
PeymanAhi
PeymanAhi

My Favorites From Chypre Category:

Chypre Palatin by MDCI ❤️

and~

Diaghilev by Roja Dove ❤️

Oct
17
2016
gledmagicwater
gledmagicwater

My favorite chypre....
Chanel 19
Aromatic elixir
Eau de soir
Mitsouko
Chamade
Arpege(it is a chypre????)

Oct
17
2016
Mas777
Mas777

My favorite chypre is always Cristalle ,EDT, Chanel.
I love to feel myself in an enchanted forest ;)

Oct
17
2016
sweaterfreak
sweaterfreak

My all time favorite chypre is:
Dioressence (1979)
My favorite chypre floral is a tie between:
Niki de Saint Phalle (1982)
Lauren Tuxedo (1979 but Long Lost's is also good)
Honorable chypre mentions to:
Pucci Vivara (1965)
Capucci Graffiti (1963)
Crepe de Chine (have only tried Long Lost Perfume's version)

Oct
16
2016
vintage_scent
vintage_scent

A favorite modern chypre is Une Rose Chypre...but my all time favorite is Le Dix
Boudoir is also a favorite...

Oct
16
2016
LLB_addict
LLB_addict

Knowing! Hands DOWN.

Oct
16
2016
krmarich
krmarich

My favorite chypre for men are:

Gray Flannel
Giorgio Beverly Hills
Guerlain Coriolan

There are not many, really for men if you think about it as the fougere seems to dominate the market.

Oct
16
2016
SuzanneS
SuzanneS

love...
Armani
Vivre
Knowing
Halston
Parure
Mitsy
Ivoire
Magie Noire

Oct
16
2016
Filomena1941
Filomena1941

Great article. I would say Mitsouko is my vey favorite but I actually have several of the listed chypres.. I did not realize SMN Melograno was a chore but I really like that one as well as Hiram Green's Shangrila.

Oct
16
2016
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

Wonderful, wonderful article and suggestions from our editors!

I myself had but to dip my toes into the world of perfumes to fall in love with the chypre, and interestingly enough, not out of happy associations. I tend to love this category as passionately as if they were from my own era..... Perhaps they are dreams of the life I was too late to enjoy?

Certainly you've listed many favorites... I adore these:

Knowing
Timeless
Aromatics Elixir
Cassini
Mitsouko
Paloma Picasso
Bill Blass Basic Black
Coriandre
Niki de Saint Phalle
Montana ( a must try!)
Femme
Animale Animale
Ivoire de Balmain
Balmain de Balmain
Perla La Perla
K de Krizia



Of the glorious chypres, perhaps Montana is the most dramatic yet to be mentioned. A more compelling example would be hard to find!

Oct
16
2016
KaseyC
KaseyC

thank you for sharing your favorite Chypre fragrances. i hated Chypre until i met Giorgio Armani ARMANI last year. it was love at first sniff.

Oct
16
2016
fazalcheema
fazalcheema

My most favorite perfumes may not always come from chypre category but as a general rule, my most favorite perfume category is chypre floral. A recent chypre floral acquisition that has really blown me away is Gucci No. 3.

Oct
16
2016
StellaDiverFlynn
StellaDiverFlynn

As a Chypre newbie, my favourite is Oriza L. Legrand Chypre Mousse. This fragrance is magical! It transports me to an autumn forest with mushroom and plush humide mossy floor instantly. <3 I also enjoy Cartier La Panthère, Estée Lauder Jasmin White Moss and Hiram Green Shangri-La.

Oct
16
2016
Adelaide Rocks
Adelaide Rocks

Neither Estee Lauder's Aliage or Azuree have rockrose/labdanum in the notes, but I had always thought these were chypres. They are definitely among my favorites regardless of the classification.
And thank you all for giving me a whole new set of fragrances to try :-)

I can't wait to try Antaeus; masculine chypres is a new concept for me.

Oct
16
2016
Lunchbox148
Lunchbox148

Great read... I love Antaeus... One of the best fragrances I've ever sniffed.

Oct
16
2016
Douceamere
Douceamere

Oh, great choices! Good to see Antaeus on the list! I adore chypres, and my favourites are Mitsouko extrait, Bandit and Miss Dior Original.

Oct
16
2016
Alex1984
Alex1984

Great article! One of my favorite genres, which unfortunately is in such demise that the alternative is eBay hunting for vintages. And as a Cypriot born, I have to agree on many things. Cyprus forests have a very particular smell; herbal, mossy, wood and sap, and a crispness from the clean air that is not ozonic, but more incensey. And Aromatics Elixir, one of the very very few surviving marvels is the one closest to capturing that authentic Chypre power and beauty!

Oct
16
2016
raw umber
raw umber

My favorite is Melograno by SMN.

Oct
16
2016
kapted
kapted

Funnily, nearly all are in my favourites list. I'd have to say that as a composition, Mitsouko tops the list, but my daily divine ambrosia is Paloma Picasso. It is a stunning scent from first sniff from the bottle til 5 hours later when I wave my arm in front of my face. There is not a single moment when I don't fall into her embrace.

Oct
16
2016
mellene
mellene

Modern day Roja Dove RISQUÉ, and vintage era Guerlain MITSOUKO.

Oct
16
2016
Frayja
Frayja

Very nice article,thank you all.
I so much love the chypre group of perfumes,unfortunately they don't love me much!
Except my beloved Knowing and Halston classic who performs well on my skin.
But are to many I like to smell on others,you mentioned the most of them.

Oct
16
2016

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