Thread: What is your favorite Chypre?
Of the past couple of years, what is your favorite Chypre?
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If considering only fragrances released within the past couple years I don't think it is possible with the ingredient restrictions to do a true chypre to any large degree, but with that stipulation mine would have to be Tzora by Anat Fritz.
Edit: As folk are just listing their favorite Chypres of all-time, then I might as list mine... Without a doubt it is vintage Monsieur de Givenchy.
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Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
Gucci Pour Homme 1976
Scents along the lines of Boucheron pour Homme (both EDT and EDP), Francesco Smalto pour Homme, Versace l'Homme, Aramis Tuscany, among the female scents: Le Dix By Balenciaga and Chanel No. 19 in any given concentration and formulation.
Mitsouko / 31 Rue Cambon
If I have to choose I would go for RC though.
I'm not OLD...I'm VINTAGE!
Mitsouko, vintage parfum and 'new' EdP.
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Puredistance M...then again, I'm one that sees it in the same sport, same league, same ballpark, same team, and plays the same position as Bel Ami (vintage). Leathery Chypre.
There have been no recent Chypres for reasons we all know about. My favourite chypre is vintage Mitsouko.
Derby by Guerlain, a leather chypre.
"No elegance is possible without it...perfume is a part of you." Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
Gucci Pour Homme Original (1976) - timeless, masculine and beautiful...
“Some perfumes are as fragrant as an infant’s flesh, sweet as an oboe’s cry, and greener than the spring; While others are triumphant, decadent or rich; Having the expansion of infinite things, like ambergris and musk, benzoin and frankincense, which sing the transports of the mind and every sense.”
― Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil & Paris Spleen
"We are not old men and we're not worried about petty morals." Keith Richards
Vie de Chateau Intense.
But then I have not smelt most of the great suggestions from others.
Corps et Âmes
Kurt smells like Teen Spirit
The Liberal Left politicians and regulators want to protect the world from anything that may be unpleasant. Oakmoss is such an integral part of Fragrances, but God-forbid someone may react to it. They put warning labels on foods that may contain nuts to warn people with allergies, why not fragrances? We hear of some poor unfortunate person who is injured from misusing a product, and so the product is banned, or forced to change. The world is full of risks, we cannot regulate them away.
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Clinique - Aromatics Elixir.
Patou pour Homme
Mitsouko (pre-2005 vintage)
Pour Monsieur (vintage)
Songe d'un Bois d'Ete
Rose de Nuit
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Gold Medal for "Best Aroma"; Los Angeles Artisan Fragrance Salon
The regulations or restrictions that y'all are complaining about are imposed from within the industry and have nothing to do with politicians. Please let's keep politics out of basenotes.
As far as chypres are concerned I agree with most of the above and will add Vintage Acqua di Parma Profumo if it hasn't already been mentioned but in terms of chypres from the last couple of years I don't think they are any because of the oak moss restrictions - maybe Diaghalev?
The only perfume that has made an impression on me as being redolent of a a true chypre - executed with a sleight of hand that really is quite amazing - is Mon Parfum Cherie par Camille from Annick Goutal. Despite the name it is a robust chypre style piece of work (using patchouli) that has a slightly bitter edge like Aromatics Elixir and I would recommend it to anyone looking for something in this genre. I prefer the EDT over the EDP, myself.
Mitsouko, no contest.
I'm not sure if this one is a chypre or a fougere, imo it falls dead in between. That would be Esencia by Loewe. If not that, then I would go with Polo.
My Ultimate Top 5:
Paul Smith Man (2009)
Burberry London (2006)
Prada Amber pour Homme (2006)
Arpege pour Homme (2005)
many of the above...
31 Rue Cambon
Sous Le Vent
Jubilation 25 (the feminine)
Vie De Chateau
...and many others...
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Sous le Vent
Pour Monsieur, Chanel
Vie de Chateau
Afternoon of a Faun
I only included what I wear with any regularity. I wear Bandit every once in awhile, so I'll include it. One of the best ever. I don't really wear them, but the same goes for Enlevement au Serail, Aromatics Elixir, Futur, vintage No. 19 edt, etc. Jubilation 25 is also surprisingly excellent. And smelling the Knize Ten in the great Chinatown is always a trip.
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Sisley Eau du Soir. Austere and green.
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Real beauty: 1) Frederic Malle 1-20 2) Chanel Egoiste 3) YSL Opium pour Homme edp 4) TF Noir de Noir
Noses: 1) Jacques Cavallier 2) Maurice Roucel
great list. i concur with - and own - every one of these, except the coty and rochas (never come across them). i would definitely add derby, vie de chateau & sous le vent.
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If discussing recent fragrances, I think Chanel 31 rue Cambon does an excellent job in the face of restrictions. I actually prefer it to many of the oakmoss laden classics.
Dyptique 34 Boulevard Saint Germain
Vintage Chanel pour Monsieur is peerless.
Among recent releases, I must say I'm impressed by Iskander (Parfums d'Empire) each time I wear it. A very nice take on the chypre genre!
Puredistance M and Guerlain Derby
Eh...Mitsouko? Diorella (vintage parfum)? Cristalle or Mito maybe? I dunno....
the Bernard Chant twins deserve a mention!
Aromatic Elixir/Aramis 900
Sorry Bernard but MITSOUKO is still the greatest Chypre.
*Amouage Jubilation 25 For Women. A real unisex winner. Way better than Mitsouko EDP NOT as great as Mitsouko PARFUM.