Olfactory family: chypre

Chypres in perfumery:

Chypres are one of the 6 original families (Floral, Hesperidia, Woody, Oriental, Fern, Chypre) according to the SFP (Société Française des Parfumeurs).

This trend is not new. A bit like the image we have of ferns and Colognes, a bit old-fashioned. Yet the most emblematic perfumes in the world of perfumery are often chypres.

Its essential components: Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine, Patchouli and "tree moss" notes. Animal, woody or resinous notes can be added to accentuate the fragrance's base.

Oak Moss, used in the old chypres, is now banned by IFRA and most of these perfumes have had to be reformulated.

Nowadays, chypre has been given a new lease of life, with more contemporary, modern fragrances, twisted with more unusual facets (green, fruity, fresh floral...).

Some emblematic perfumes:

"Cyprus" - Coty 1917 - François Coty / Cyprus

"Mitsouko" - Guerlain 1919 - Jacques Guerlain / Fruity Chypre

"My claw" - Caron 1946 - Jean Carles / Chypré

"Miss Dior" - Dior 1947 - Jean Carles & Paul Vacher / Floral Cyprus

"Mr Roches" - Rochas 1968 - Guy Robert / Aromatic Cyprus

"Courrèges Man" - Courrèges 1977 - Gérard Anthony / Cyprus

"Revitalizing water" - Clarins 1987 - Jacques Courtin-Clarins / Aromatic Cyprus

"Whether" - Armani 2013 - Christine Nagel / Fruity Cyprus

"For Mr" - Chanel 1955 - Henri Robert / Chypre

"Paris-Deauville" - Chanel 2018 - Olivier Polge / Chypre

This list is not exhaustive because there are a lot of beautiful launches: some emblematic, some more commercial.

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