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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Chypre by Guerlain c1887

Chypre by Guerlain: launched in 1878.

Guerlain first launched a chypre back in 1850 with their Eau de Chypre followed by their Chypre in 1887, Cyprisine in 1894, and then Chypre de Paris in 1909. But the mother of all of Guerlain chypres was in fact Mitsouko.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? I have no published notes on this, but it was probably a very basic chypre perfume.

Top notes: bergamot
Middle notes:
Base notes: musk, ambergris, labdanum

Evening Star, 1913:
"Mere names of perfumes give no idea," said Zinda Brozia. "You must smell them. As many makers, so there are as many "'chypres'. There is no such perfume, though Walter Scott mentions it, and Houbigant had a 'cypris" in 1775. Guerlain has a 'cyprisine' and a 'chypre de Paris'. The original 'Chypre' was a very successful mixture of Atkinson, years ago; and as he did not protect the name, everybody took it up. Now Guerlain's 'Chypre de Paris', although of the cheap $1.20 series, is a sum total of perfume value, distinction and lasting qualities. I imagine it would be impossible to repeat, hein?"


Presented in the Carre flacon and the Goutte flacon.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. Still being sold in 1953.

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