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Chypre Anthology theme

You can order all perfumes featured in this theme as a pack of samples.

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In this theme

The chypre recipe has been celebrated for 100 years now (if you start with Coty’s perfume of 1917 which gave the name to and really popularized the genre). It's still with us, still popular and is really worth checking out as a concept.

A chypre is when a perfume starts with zesty citruses (on the sweeter side), proceeds into a floral heart (rose and optional white flowers) and finishes woody (oakmoss and/or patchouli would be a staple ingredient), resinous (labdanum) or animalic (or all of the above). In 100 years there have been numerous interpretations: woody chypres, animalic, spicy, fruity, floral even green chypres. At Bloom we have various chypre options from very the vintage to modern reworks.

With this edit and pack you will be able to smell different chypres and hopefully at the same time note those common fragrant features that unite them into the chypre family.

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Hasu-no-Hana Grossmith A genuine 19th century formula

This perfume formula dates back to 1888. It's a genuine contemporary of the chypre genre and actually one of the first examples. It was created some 20 years before the Coty’s Chypre, but credit is still given to Coty for making this style of perfumes popular.

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Nightingale Zoologist A neo-classic interpretation with materials not available in 19th century

An appropriately layered complex arrangement (as any chypre would be) following the classic outlines of citrus opening, floral heart (with a novel fruity plum blossom option) and a collection of woody and mossy notes in the drydown.

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Chypre Shot Olfactive Studio The original bergamot-oakmoss-bergamot trio... with a twist

Bergamot has been paired with saffron. There is a tender gentle peony pause before the balsamic powdery finale of generous dose of labdanum, oakmoss and ... roast coffee.

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Mojito Chypre Pierre Guillaume Cruise/Croisiere A fruity modernist chypre

An example of a fruity chypre and often undeservedly dismissed as a strawberry fling. With chypres one has to wait and savor the evolution a formula undergoes as one wears it. From its uplifting, easygoing opening to its woodier and darker heart and drydown.

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ELLA Arquiste An 80’s chypre heavy on rose and leather nuances

A beautiful homage to the genre with a lot of focus on the rose (the gourmand Turkish variery) in the heart of this very layered perfume. Expect some serious bold animalic notes in the drydown too.

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Boutonnière no.7 Arquiste Old-school and bohemian

A dandy chypre in which the labdanum and oakmoss duo is elegantly decorated with a gardenia boutonierre.

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Rien Etat Libre d'Orange An aldehydic leather chypre

A beautiful animalic chypre, with an aldehydic (rather than classic citrus) opening and seriously naughty leathery vibes provided by the cumin and labdanum duo.

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Coda Aqualis A stripped back minimalist chypre

A contemporary oriental chypre, with a generous vanilla rose heart and an even more generous dose of cinnamon. What makes it so modern is that you can easily recognize the key notes. Whereas originally perfumers would make chypres very complex layered and mysteriously kaleidoscopic.

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Russian Princess | Русская Княжна Brocard A budget chypre by a famous perfumer

This perfume is about fairytale princesses who live in thick northern forests alongside magical creatures and treat lost travelers to strong smoky tea infused with exotic cloudberries, stone bramble, cranberries and guelder-rose berries for flavour and vitamins. They serve this tea in houses built of ancient giant trees logs, layered with moss for insulation… and if you look closely it’s also a chypre!