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Chypre 21 (2015)
by Heeley

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Chypre 21 information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 14 votes)

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About Chypre 21

Chypre 21 is a shared / unisex perfume by Heeley. The scent was launched in 2015

Chypre 21 fragrance notes

Reviews of Chypre 21

Dear Oak Moss,

Without you, I feel like an impostor. You're sorely missed.

- Chypre 21
13th January, 2017
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
He fresh opening of bergamot, neroli and petitgrain are traditional and pleasant, nicely and gently refreshing. Whiffs of sea salt are present. The drydown turns sweeter and floral, with a rose impression fleshed out with a somewhat generic saffron.

The base is centred around a white musk, a soft patchouli, as well as an impersonal woodsy impression. The sweetness prevails in the latter stages, and at times have a nigh yang-ylang-like creaminess to it.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and a splendid ten hours of longevity on my skin.

This is a nice scent for cooler summer days. It is not a Chypre, as only the top notes follow that route. The is no oakmoss detectable on my skin -
nada! Still, it makes an agreeable composition, and with the commendable performance it - just! - scrapes home to a positive score. 3/5.
18th May, 2016
Is Chypre 21 a chypre? Absolutely not – at least not to my nose. But it is a beautiful, sheer ozonic fragrance, and one that I would happily wear in summer.

The opening notes of fresh, watery violet leaf and citruses remind me somewhat of Cuir Pleine Fleur – briefly – before being washed down in a crispy, bright ozonic breeze with a fair bit of sea salt in it.

In a recent interview with James Heeley, I read that he used algae notes to replace the oakmoss in this fragrance. The algae notes are indeed quite noticeable here and the final result is something more in the direction of his wonderful Sel Marin than a true chypre.

It smells exactly like that wonderful aroma you breathe in when you are collecting clean laundry from the line – a blast of “clean”, yes, of course, but also the smell of outdoors air, and the salt-laden breeze from a nearby sea. There is something so linen-fresh and ozonic about this that I’m reminded not only of Sel Marin but of some of Francis Kurkdijan’s “white shirt” fragrances such as Cologne Pour Le Matin, Acqua Vitae, and so on. You know the type.

Chypre 21 goes on in this lovely Eau Sauvage-cum-Sel Marin-cum-Acqua Vitae kind of track for a while. It is never less than crisp and clean. A slight woody undertone develops, bringing in some clean patchouli and a hint of rose. The notes list oakmoss too, but I don’t smell its rugged bitterness in the composition at all. Finally, saffraleine offers its leathery, rubbery flavor to the composition, anchoring it slightly at the base.

But saffraleine does not and cannot replace either fixative powers of moss or the sweet, smoky heft of labdanum. So, despite the name, I must admit that Chypre 21 is not a chypre to my nose. It is beautiful, though. As long as you go into Chypre 21 expecting a citrusy, slightly woody ozonic fragrance and not a chypre, you will not be disappointed.
03rd March, 2016

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