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What are your favorite old or new chypres? Male or female.
So many are discontinued due to oak moss restrictions. Luckily, new ones do exist. Let's keep each other informed.
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Just a few to get you started.
I am totally baffled by this class to be honest.
Is Chypre Mousse a chypre in anything but name only? It is very mossy and is outstanding.
How about je suis un Homme?
or Dior Jules or Bel Ami?
what do these fragrances have in common with Chypre Palatin?
Both currently available and inexpensive.
I adore Chypre Palatin. It's terrific but it doesn't wear like my idea of a chypre on me??
There is a gorgeous Rose Chypre that keeps escaping me but I have tried it. I think that it is from the Parfumerie Generale line. If anyone knows what I am talking about ( ), please enlighten me!
MDCI Enlevement au serail and (in part) promesse de l'aube (I actually don't perceive Chypre Palatin as chypre, old or new, but I need to smell more properly)
Estee Lauder Jasmine white moss (a bit too clean relative to true green chypres, but good nonetheless)
too many to mention. In recent weeks, I have found decent prices for Miss Balmain.
See Cacio said it too.......
didn't see your email. I know of a Rose Chypree by Tauer. I tried it once, didn't really get much chypre per se - but as usual, without oakmoss, the concept of chypre must be enlarged as necessary. Good nonetheless.
Mitsouko & AdP Profumo are my two 'reference' chypres, still. The older Profumo seems to do with plum what Mitsouko did with peach.
Cuir d'Oranger hasemerged as massive favourite in the last year or so and I also quite like Azemour les Orangers
Mon Parfum Cheri par Camille (Annick Goutal) was a pleasant surprise but more in the Aromatics Elixir bitter chypre with patch area. I read recently they were pulling it from the line but that's unconfirmed.
Diaghilev and some of the recent uber-expensive Roja Dove stuff is pretty nice but a bit too 'tightly packed' for me - 'smug chypres'. They 'work' but there's no real romance to them. That said, to find new compositions of this calibre in these strait-laced 'nanny state' IFRA'ed times is verging on a miracle - go, Roja!
Not strictly speaking a chypre but I can sense the oakmoss in Granville (Dior) under the piney / herbal stuff - the whole thing is breezy enough to allow it shine through in much the same way as it does with Sous le Vent a lighter EDT chypre feel.
Enjoying Jubilation 25 still . . . and if you come across it (it may have been pulled, wouldn't surprise me because it's good) Cosmic from Solange is a rollicking feelgood hoot of a chypre - nothing is held back, just BIG FUN.
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Thanks Cacio. Yes I've tried Rose Chypree once too. It's not that one, and I have remembered that it's not from PG either, of course it's not, duh, what was I thinking? It's in the Parfums D'Empire line. Hopefully someone attracted to this thread (thanks kumquat) will know it.
As far as I'm concerned a proper chypre should at least be greenish and sappy. If you're lucky, it will also be mossy and or leathery. Chypres tend to be deep in structure , except for something like the modern so-called "pink chypre" of which the only decent example (I can think of) is 31 Rue Cambone. It is at least tangy.
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I concur with Azurée, Cabochard, Vintage Acqua di Parma Profumo & Mitsouko (2 standards).
Adding- Vintage- Coty Chypre, Estée Lauder Private Collection,
Houbigant- Aperçu, Madame Rochas, Vintage- Houbigant- Quelque Fleurs,
Vintage Caron-Tabac Blond, Fleurs de Rocailles, Infini (everything, really).
Guerlain- Sous les Vent, Vol du Nuit
Aperçu is charming and very mossy and sappy. Still available. Get it while it's hot!
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Eau de Campagne [Sisley] is a gorgeous refreshing chypre.
Perfect for summer.
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I would like to underline Estee Lauder Private Collection. It's been mentioned but I think it deserves its own post as a classic chypre that's still going strong and is very reasonably priced.
I don't mind the current Chanel No. 19, but once you've had the vintage EDP, you'll never want any other juice. But if you have to settle for modern, the parfum is the way to go.
Roja Dove Diaghilev. Amazing stuff!
Try some of these beauties from "Ajne".
All of the Ajne scents are well-blended and dense. The ingredients are high quality and long-lasting. I'm not sure about the claim of "all-natural" but I really like the way these smell. They also tout these as being worn by celebrities. Oh well. They're very good anyway.
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It's been my experience that most classic chypres have been drastically reformulated, even some of the newer ones such as the once amazing chypre and still great floral Enlevement au Serail.
Bel Ami (vintage)
Pour Monsieur (vintage)
Onda Parfum Extrait (vintage)
Aramis 900 (vintage)
Eau de Rochas Homme (vintage)
Eau Sauvage (vintage)
Leonard pour Homme (original 1980 formulation)
Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme (vintage)
No. 19 (vintage)
Aromatics Elixir (vintage)
Miss Balmain (vintage)
Enlevement au Serail (vintage)
Vie de Chateau (vintage)
Acqua di Parma Profumo (vintage)
Sous le Vent
Rose de Nuit (vintage)
I think of Givenchy Gentleman as a classic woods fragrance rather than a chypre. Excellent,though ! Vintage that is. :-)
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Floral leather chypre. Lush, wet, green and vintage contains a good amount of oak moss and galbanum.
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Not to forget
the classic Nuit de Noël l'extrait,
and a great modern chypre:
Though I second the psts above by Pluran and all the contributors, still somehow feeling that there are so many names yet so little time and-or blank posting space to name and honor all of them.
Thus, a very incomplete and perfectible cross-section (too short to be named a list) with some of my favorites:
Francesco Smalto PH
Chevignon Brand for Men
Joint by Roccobarocco
Aramis Tuscany (including its higher concentration flanker)
Le Dix by Balenciaga
Silences by Jacomo
Yardley Citrus&Wood, as well as Fine Scottish Soaps EDT (surprisingly affordable and not the likeliest choices as chypre scents, yet interesting and non-linear renditions of this scent category)
CK Eternity for Men, especially vintage (not sure if it counts either, but still quite similar to the overall concept)
RL Polo Green
Paco Rabanne PH
Gucci Nobile (all of these being somewhat closer to a fougere, even a barbershop and powerhouse style of fragrance rather than an actual chypre, with still with some crossover into the latter category)
the initial Jaguar for Men (green bottle, preferably vintage, with just enough citrus, leather, wood and spicy herbs, as well as some almost resinous/mossy undertones to be more or less of a chpyre)
Boucheron PH, especially the EDP flanker (the chypre-like accents of thicker, less zesty citrus, as well as a somehow stronger drydown being more pronounced in this one)
Axe Chypre (surprisingly good and not just inaccurately named, actually less offensive and more structured, versatile and imaginative than actually expected from this brand)
John Players Classic Green (again, a solid cheapie with unexpectedly good chypre notes)
Hugh Parsons Yellow and La Martina Hombre- apparently, both of these niche scents have almost solely citrus-based top notes, but still closer to a chypre once the final sillage is reached
Face a Face and Homme- both by Faconnable
also by the aforementioned house of Houbigant: for some reason, Duc de Vervins also smells like a smokier, darker yet also (in a positive way) quite formal, conservative chypre to me.
And the list may well go on almost indefinitely.