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    Default Chypre Fishing

    I love, and spare no expense, on chypres. I feel like I've gotten to a lot of the grand divas, but want to make sure and am hoping this community can steer me towards some I've missed and need to try.

    Here is what I've sampled, please make some suggestions if you see i've missed some worth trying:
    Guerlain: I've tried all, so don't need recs here.
    Caron: Bought all, so again no recs needed
    Chanel, Ormonde Jayne, Sonoma Scent, JHaG, Maison kurkdjian, parfumes de Rosine: Covered
    Nikki de St. phalle, Eau de soir, Y, Balmain, Cabochard - sniffed. More of the classics that i can't recall, sorry.

    What next? Thanks!!
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    You've covered some great territory so far.

    What about Patou's 1000? Have you tried that yet?

    And Carven's Ma Griffe? Probably so, but just in case you haven't, here it is. [Editing to add that I just saw your review on MG.]

    Long Lost Perfume's repro of Crepe de Chine is quite good, IMO. And well priced, too.

    MDCI's Enlèvement au Sérail is classified as an oriental, but it strikes me as more of a chypre. [Edit: I see you love MDCI's Promesse which means maybe you've tried EaS? and didn't like it as well?]

    Houbigant's Aperçu is another well done chypre.
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    Oh my!
    Please don't live without trying:

    Diva
    So Pretty
    Jil Sander 4
    Jil Sander Scent 79
    Gucci 3

    Odalisque by PdN


    PS: You have also tried The Party In Manhattan, and the Sisleys, n'est ce pas? .
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    Default Re: Chypre Fishing

    I love the classic mossy green and complex chypres from the 70s and 80s most of all, so I'll limit this to fragrances that are still available, (and I see Hillaire already mentioned the difficult to find favorite, Gucci 3 so I'll throw Givenchy III out there, too.) I consider all of these 4 or 5-Star fragrances.

    Clinique, Aromatics Elixir
    Estee Lauder, Azuree
    Ungaro, Diva
    Galanos, Galanos
    Halston, Halston
    J.L Scherrer, Scherrer
    Krizia, K de Krizia
    Estee Lauder, Knowing
    La Perla, La Perla
    Balmain, Miss Balmain
    Molyneux, Quartz
    Ralph Lauren, Safari
    YSL, Rive Gauche

    I know there are lots more, but these are my favorites, and the ones that I think of first when thinking about chypres.
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    Hi, BayKat!

    You've already tried (or others have already recommended here) a lot of my favorite chypres. Don't be afraid to give some of those "cheapies" a try. Diva, Jean-Louis Scherrer and even Scherrer II are all amazing quality and very affordable. :-)

    Another niche house I can recommend for chypres is Ava Luxe. Her website indicates she's taking a vacation this month, but when the site comes back up in April, give her a try. I have tried and can recommend Film Noir and Biba from this line. (Plus a few other non-chypres.)

    Have you tried vintage Coriandre? Fendi?

    How about Agent Provocateur? That's a recent purchase for me and I just recommended it in another thread, guess it's been on my mind. Very nice scent!

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    Jean Louis Scherrer is one of my favorite chypres, I have the EdP. I'm glad it's getting a lot of love here. I think most of the stuff that's still available is full of oak moss. This will change soon, if it survives the reformulation blitz. I'm a big Diva fan, too.
    For something new, what about Jubilation 25?
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    Default Re: Chypre Fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    Jean Louis Scherrer is one of my favorite chypres, I have the EdP. I'm glad it's getting a lot of love here. I think most of the stuff that's still available is full of oak moss. This will change soon, if it survives the reformulation blitz.
    I agree - wonderful stuff! I have a couple of mini perfumes, the edp and the edt. The edt will do in a pinch, but the edp is just better....richer, as usual (of course the perfume is divine.) But I really need to back up my edp now as it seems to be disappearing quickly.
    Last edited by Evangeline; 19th March 2010 at 01:31 AM.

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    Some great recommendations! I really like Teo Cabanel's Oha, so I am going to add that one to the list of recommendations. . . .

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    hehe.. i knew I'd forget some- ma Griffe (i own)- oha, miss balmain, la perla, Galena- yep, tried!

    Apercu, Rive Gauche, knowing I really want to try, plus so many others mentioned here. thank you so much!!
    (I'm currently wearing ormonde Woman, another very nice chypre)
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    Diva Diva Diva. I am such a fanboy of this scent. Azuree and Safari are also new loves.

    What about the oft miscategorized "masculine" chypres?: Chanel Antaeus and Pour Monsieur, Givenchy Gentleman, and Caron Yatagan leap to mind.
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    More for its pleasure than for yours;
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    YSL chypres !

    and...rose chypres seem to be another cathegory on their own, all detached from the rest of chypres. lol Here's... diva, knowing,L'arte di Gucci ... and... is cabaret a chypre too? smells like one.

    Almost all chypres smell ROSY to me. I just figured out that even the ysl- Y and rive gauche- I feel they're "serious artistic masterpieces" built around various roses cared by very skillful gardners.
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    Oh and don't leave out AdP Profumo!
    I offer you perfume,
    More for its pleasure than for yours;
    You perfume perfume.

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    Default Re: Chypre Fishing

    I would add Colony by Jean Patou, one of my favorite chypres.
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    Pheromone for men by Miglin, once you get beyond the harsh "green" top notes, is a unisex chypre. I'm not a big chypre fan, but I like this one, I think because I don't find any "rough edges" in the drydown.

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    +1 Profumo
    +1 1000 Jean Patou
    And Jubilation 25
    And The Party In Manhattan !
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/370...o-Profumo-Onda
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    Rose chypres and chypres for men are catching my eye. I"ve tried Rose Barbare (Love it!). i'm not afraid of unisex, but stright up male scents have been off my radar, thanks!
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    Default Re: Chypre Fishing

    Hi Baykat,
    You know i love chypres and i am on fishing myself.I have recently bought Gucci 3,nice classic one,and i have Jil Sanders 4 which is a bit fruity and nice for summer.I like Paloma Picasso perfume a lot ,i am searching for Miss Dior (old version) and one in my wanting list (best of classical)is Bandit by Piquet.
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    Default Re: Chypre Fishing

    Gucci by Gucci is a good 'new style' chypre ie. no oakmoss though they did a good job without it, I suppose. No rose but a sumptious pear accord.
    For rose - definitely Aromatics Elixir.
    Also + 1 for Agent Provocateur - feels like Aromatics Elixir's sibling.
    Last edited by Mimi Gardenia; 19th March 2010 at 04:30 AM.
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    I'd add Sisley: Soir de Lune and Eau du Soir. Also, Ava Luxe...and Paloma Picasso edP...and Montana Parfum de Peau...and...and...

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    + 1 The Party in Manhattan -- a dirty, sweaty chypre chockfull of ambergris and oakmoss
    + 1 Envelement au Serail (sp?) -- Mitsouko with indoles galore

    and Que Sais Je by Jean Patou -- similiar to pre-formulation Mitsouko -- very dark, gloomy and FABULOUS!

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    Rochas Femme ?
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    Cialenga by Balenciaga is a gorgeous chypre! So very feminine. You can get a sample at The Perfumed Court.

    "Cialenga Parfum by Balenciaga is the perfect balance of woods spices & Cypres notes.Not sweet, not too acrid but slightly sharp. Notes of citrus, fruits, blackcurrant, greens/ rose, muguet, orris, clove, ylang ylang, jasmine/ vetiver, cedar, oakmoss, sandalwood"

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    Try Numero Uno by Carthusia and/or Chanel Pour Monsieur (the original NOT the Concentree) by Chanel. Two fantastic masculine chypres that many women comfortably wear.
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    One of my favourite chypres is Tweed. It is a lovely straightforward feminine fragrance.

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    Guerlain Sous le Vent is my desert island chypre.

    Interesting frags that are often not thought of in this category--O de Lancome and Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte both have citrus-labdanum-moss combo, or a variation thereof that makes them quite chyprish.

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    Default Re: Chypre Fishing

    I you love floral chypres, Amoureuse is a must-try, in my opinion. One of the best modern chypres I've tried, and my favorite of the last ten years or so. Non-traditional in it's top notes ( a very delicious tangerine-cardamon-tuberose accord ), but at the base it's a very classical chypre drydown in a transparent way. Despite the transparency it's by no means weak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antaeusintheair View Post
    Oh and don't leave out AdP Profumo!
    Yes, yes, yes! This is one of the great new, plummy chypres. Supposedly an update from a 1930s original. The pricing is outrageous, $220 for a 50ml EdP.
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    Default Re: Chypre Fishing

    Apercu rocks & is so under appreciated.
    Also, Cabochard,
    Balmain - Ivoire,
    Madame Rochas,
    Caleche,
    Lubin - Nuit de Longchamps,
    Floris - Edwardian Bouquet
    Patou - Normandie.
    Guerlain - Sous le Vent is one of the best.
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    Default Re: Chypre Fishing

    Has Apercu been reformulated, any one know? IN general, this is the problem with chypres- do you sample the vintage, or the modern. I think more than any other category this one has suffered from tweaking. :-(
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    Default Re: Chypre Fishing

    I got an older bottle from the internet, I believe. I don't know the availability in the dept stores. I don't think it's that easy to find. Most of the bottles are probably original formula, I'm guessing, but I don't know.

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