Imported in Europe by crusaders, Cyprus water perfume
was a big success due to the high concentration of patchouly
and fragrant resins
used for its preparation.
This sunny, cheerful and sensual atmosphere was Francois Coty’s inspiration when in 1917 he created the fragrance called Chypre, first fragrance created with an industrial procedure rather than handcrafted one.
The base accord of Coty’s perfume was characterized by an apparent disharmony due to the bright and balanced transparence of bergamot and the sinful accents of patchouli, labdanum and oak moss.
Still today, the result is considered a concentration of elegance and high quality perfumery. Over time the chypré facet has undergone several changes, but the leitmotif has remained unvaried: it starts with a citrus note, followed by a dominant floral heart, closes with a mixture of wood, musk and lichen which recalls woods and wild nature. The compositions belonging to the chypré family are usually for women and dedicated to a complex and intense femininity.
See the “pioneers” and the “contemporaries” of the Chypre family (pdf - 634,6 KB)