Words: Charlie Leeves
Chypre scents are one of the most beautiful smell fragrance families around, but you’d be forgiven if you hadn’t heard of them before because the truth is, they’re not that well known! Under the Chypre umbrella, you’ll discover many different scents with their own uniqueness and today, we’re here to tell you all about them so you can discover which Chypre scent is the one for you!
What is a typical Chypre scent?
Before we get into the different variations available, it is probably a good idea to start with the basics – so what is a typical Chypre scent? A typical Chypre scent is a dry woody scent, often drawing on natural elements to provide a full-bodied perfume. You would usually expect to find notes of either bergamot, oakmoss and patchouli in a Chypre fragrance which gives it that signature earthy feel.
So now we know a little bit about Chypre fragrances, let’s find out what type of chypre you are!
If you’re someone, who takes pleasure in a stripped back approach to life and live by the motto ‘simplicity is best’, then a woody Chypre scent is for you. Woody notes are the building blocks behind any Chypre fragrance – they’re sensual, dark, and not overly complicated. Try Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent for a masculine blend of spice and wood – perfect for any occasion.
Do you enjoy naturally sweet things like fresh fruits on a sunny day? Then you’re in luck because you are fruity Chypre! This classic group combines the bright youthfulness of fruity top notes with warm and comforting base notes. The fruity Mitsouko by Guerlain is the perfect Chypre fragrance for you; peach heart notes beautifully balance with raw oakmoss in the base to create a heavenly perfume.
If you enjoy nothing more than summers in the garden or receiving fragrant bouquets of flowers from loved ones, then this is the Chypre group for you. Floral Chypre’s builds upon earthy base notes, blooming into a scent that is pleasantly light and beautifully dark. Bloom Nettare di Fiori by Gucci creates an intimate floral experience with notes of rose and jasmine that pair effortlessly with the sandalwood base.
Do you love the smell of smoky campfires at dusk or the unarguable coolness of a vintage leather jacket? Well, then you must be a leather Chypre! These fragrances are dark and broody but with subtle and sophisticated nuances. Although typically thought to be very masculine, like Explorer by Montblanc, there are plenty of leather Chypres for women to choose from too such as La Panthère by Cartier.
If you dream of morning strolls through open fields, surrounded by nothing but dewy woodland then you’re definitely a green Chypre. Green Chypre fragrances embody the spirit of nature putting emphasis on notes such as moss and green leaves. If this sounds like you then make sure to check out Flora Jade by Yardley for a beautiful fragrance that combines aromatic green top notes with typical Chypre base notes of sandalwood and patchouli.
There is nothing more pleasant than a fresh summer’s breeze, right? I couldn’t agree more and if you think so too, then you’re a fresh Chypre like me! So, if you’re looking for something that is light and airy but with long lasting base notes then look no further than fresh Chypre. Here at The Perfume Shop we love Dior Homme Cologne by Dior, it combines a sharp citrus freshness with bold lasting musk in the base notes.
Now you’ve found your kind of Chypre, find the perfect fragrance for you.
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