Chypre Perfume.


Chypre Perfume
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Chypre is a name used to describe a family (or concept) of perfumes, usually with a top note of citrus and woody base notes derived from oak moss and ambergris. Chypre also frequently contains sandalwood.


The word chypre is French for Cyprus. It was first used in perfumery by François Coty, who created an influential perfume of that name in 1917. However, perfumes of a similar style had been created throughout the 19th century.
Before the 20th century, perfumery was generally an art of recreating nature. According to perfume expert Luca Turin, the two fragrances that began to abstract that idea were Coty's Chypre and Chanel No. 5 (created in 1921).


Modern chypre perfumes have various citrus, herbaceous, floral and animalic notes, but all tend to have a "warm" and "woody" theme, which consists of a base accord of:

Oak moss
"Amber" (ambergris and related synthetics).
Civet or another animalic note is usually added to this accord as a fixative and to give it fullness. The most common modifiers to this basic accord include patchouli, bergamot, rose and rock rose (Cistus).
François Coty.

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