Thursday, May 14, 2015

What are Chypre Fragrances?

Fragrances can be classified by certain olfactive families, or themes, or accords.

Chypre: (pronounced shee-pra) 

Takes its name from the French name for Cyprus, is the legendary birthplace of Venus, the goddess of love.

Chypre perfumes are based on an accord, or several scents that blend together to create a single soft, warm, and sweet scent. There are two scents that are included in all accords, these would be patchouli and oak moss. Most have gum labdanum which has a sweet honey like note. These perfumes take their name from Coty’s Chypre which debuted in 1917.

A classic chypre perfume might be blended of bergamot, oakmoss, sandalwood, patchouli , labdanum and given a floral note with jasmine and rose.

There are subdivisions of classifications in this family and they are: floral chypre citrus, floral chypre, fruity chypre, green chypre, aromatic chypre, and leather chypre.

Perfumes which are classified as Chypre are:

  • Miss Dior by Christian Dior
  • Femme by Rochas
  • Cabochard by Gres
  • Gianni Versace by Gianni Versace
  • Ysatis by Givenchy
  • Ma Griffe by Carven
  • Paloma Picasso by Paloma Picasso
  • Knowing by Estee Lauder
  • Mitsouko by Guerlain
  • Cristalle by Chanel
  • Givenchy III by Givenchy
  • Crepe de Chine by Millot

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