Perfume Notes: Chypre, The Most Beautiful Fragrance Family

There are various types of perfumes available in the market. But a lesser-known type of fragrance that is one of the most beautiful fragrances and perfumes available in the market is chypre. The word chypre is not present in the vocabulary of many people and this includes perfume enthusiasts. Chypre scents and fragrances are very sophisticated and it is a fragrance family or category that is absolutely beautiful. People are so unaware of this fragrance category and they do not even know how to pronounce it right. Chypre is pronounced as sheep-rah which is not everybody’s first guess when they see the spelling. This word is derived from cypress trees and it is a derived word from French.


History of the Chypre Perfumes

Chypre perfumes date back to the Roman Empire and the word chypre was extensively used in 18th-century perfume manuals. Aromatic plants with chypre scents are available in the Mediterranean region and this scent was developed in this area. These fragrances have evolved for centuries and today they are top fragrances that are sold by major luxury perfume brands in the world. It is a perfect choice for men and women as it is more a unisex fragrance. The following are some of the details about the scent and aroma of chypre perfumes:

Chypre Perfumes- Details about the Fragrance

Chypre Fragrances are generally very dry and warm fragrances and are especially perfect for cold countries and even tropical regions during the winter. Chypre fragrances are made by using the bark of trees and also moss and vegetation and are very earthy in their fragrance. There is an element of woodiness that is paired with fruitiness or notes of floral fragrances that make chypre fragrances natural and warm yet sweet at the same time. Bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli, and even fragrances like labdanum are woody fragrances which are often included in these types of fragrances. These are animalistic, mossy and earthy fragrances and are known as a top choice for more sophisticated parties. The following are top fragrances sold by famous luxury perfume brands that can be placed under the chypre fragrances category.

Top Chypre Fragrances


Christian Dior is one of the most famous perfume companies in the world and Diorella is a classic perfume by Dior. It is a summery chypre perfume with notes of bergamot, lemon, basil, melon, honeysuckle, flowery fragrances of jasmine and rose. It has a base of patchouli, musk, oakmoss, and vetiver.

Chanel No. 19

Chanel No. 19 can be categorized as a chypre perfume as well as a green perfume because of its ingredients. The main fragrance note in the perfume is galbanum and it also has notes of various other plant-based fragrances. This includes neroli, hyacinth, vetiver, sandalwood, leather and also musk.

Le Galion Sortilege

It is a mix of floral notes with chypre base fragrances. Some of the floral notes include lily of the valley, ylang-ylang, rose, jasmine, and lilac. The base chypre fragrances are long-lasting and made of ingredients like labdanum, musk, vetiver, and amber.

Mary Greenwell Plum

Francois Robert created the Mary Greenwell Plum, as the name suggests, is named after Mary Greenwell who is a famous makeup artist. This is a fruity fragrance that has the fragrance of plum and also has other notes of fruits. This fragrance has fruity notes like peaches, citrus notes and also notes of blackcurrant. This also includes flowery fragrances of gardenia, jasmine, rose and orange flowers and base chypre notes.

Sisley Eau Du Soir

Green fragrances and chypre fragrances go well together and an example of this is Sisley Eau Du Soir. This is a rich fragrance with citrus, jasmine, lilac and rose fragrances with lovely chypre notes ideal for fancy parties and black-tie dinners.

Cartier La Panthere

Cartier la Panthere is a floral chypre fragrance that “purrs like a panther”. It has fruity notes of rhubarb, strawberries, apricot and also floral notes of gardenia. It has base chypre notes of musk and oakmoss and is a long-lasting and sensual perfume.

Guerlain Mitsouko

The new Mitsouko perfume by Guerlain is a very grown-up and adult perfume which is perfect for a more elite occasion and is popular with the elites in society. This velvety perfume has a base note of oakmoss and is a top fragrance in this category.

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