Although one of the most used terms in perfumery it is one of the least simple to describe. We take a look at Chypres and the fragrances that fall under the category of Chypre.

What are Chypre Fragrances?

Chypre fragrances are a contrast between fresh notes and a rich, dark sweet background, with aspects of the Aromatic, Oriental and Woody families of fragrance wheel classification. They can also be classified into several styles: Leather and/or animalic chypres, such as Bandit by Robert Piguet (1944), Cabochard by Grès (1959), and Azurée (1969) by Estée Lauder.

The word chypre, pronounced sheep-rah (yes, we were saying it wrong as well!), is taken from the French word meaning Cyprus. The island was once at the heart of the perfume trade, and the term ‘chypre’ appeared in fragrance manuals as far back as the 18th century. But it wasn’t until famous perfumer François Coty established chypre as a fragrance family that it took on the role it maintains today.

Renowned in perfume circles as one of a small handful of fragrance families (you may be familiar with others like floral, amber and Fougere), chypre is a term used to categorise a specific type of scent profile.

A ‘classic’ chypre scent typically starts with a fresh hit of citrus notes, followed by florals and an earthy, woody base featuring oakmoss, patchouli and labdanum. It playfully contrasts light and airy with deep and musky, to dramatic effect.

Chypre Fragrances

What does a Chypre smell like?

If you’ve ever been for a walk in a woodland area during autumn, where the leaves have fallen off the trees and they crunch beneath your feet – that warm, earthy aroma of nature is an excellent representation of a classic chypre scent. Think rich mossy woods tied together with hints of bergamot.

With that said, the chypre fragrance family is no one-trick pony. Instead, when the chypre structure is introduced to different facets, it can completely transform the nature of the scent.

What perfumes fall into the category of a Chypre Fragrance?

L’eau by Chloe

Like sipping ice-cool lemonade on a sunshine-drenched day, L’Eau by Chloe will refresh your senses with every spritz. From the zing of citrus at the top to the rosewater heart and oakmoss base, it’s elegantly fresh and modern.

Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel

One of the most instantly recognisable fragrances on the market. Launched in 2001  this fresh yet feminine amber perfume has a distinct character.  The scent is often noted as a break away from the traditional fragrance associated with Chanel. Fresh and vibrant orange immediately awaken the senses. A clear and sensual heart reveals the transparent accords of jasmine and rose.

Mitsouko Eau de Toilette Guerlain

This is a classic Chprye. Mitsouko was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1919. The creation of Mitsouko was inspired by the heroine of Claude Farrčre’s novel ‘La bataille’, a story of love between Mitsouko, the wife of Japanese Admiral Togo, and a British officer. Mitsouko is one of the well known aromas of chypre olfactory group with cool top notes and oak moss in the base. But it also has a note of a juicy peach, which gives a clear and quite gourmand nuance.

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*Please note: The contents of this article are correct at the time of writing.  Before committing to any fragrance decisions, we suggest you conduct your own market research and seek the advice of a knowledgeable fragrance and perfumery specialist. The perfumes and products mentioned within our blogs and articles are purely examples of products that contain particular fragrance notes. These are for reference only. We do not receive any commission for affiliated links/advertising.

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