When Suzanne wrote and raved about Chypre Palatin and her Parisian adventure on her Perfume Journal, I envied the Paris part, but thought I would not miss much when I never smelled Chypre Palatin. Her review is beautiful and I knew this would be a good perfume, but I just thought it was not for me. As a sad, but definite Mitsouko failure, I am not ideally suited to chypres, they easily turn dank tomb on me.
But thankfully I’m not swayed from trying a new Duchaufour creation by my own misgivings (if I were, this blog would be a lot smaller). And boy, am I glad I did try it. Suzanne, sorry, you have been right – as always… and thank you for sending that decant!
Chypre Palatin was created by Bertrand Duchaufour and was released in 2012, it includes notes of hyacinth, clementine, aldehydes, cistus, galbanum, thyme, lavender, rose, jasmine, iris concrete, prune, gardenia, benzoin, styrax, leather, vanilla, tolu, castoreum, costus and oakmoss.
I have heard from a few sources (Suzanne among them) that Chypre Palatin reminds them of Amouage Jubilation 25. I have a sample, or several actually, of this perfume, but I couldn’t say what it smells like aside from cumin. Sadly, cumin is all I can smell in Jubilation 25. I know there must be more in there, but it is sadly lost on my cumin amplifying skin. It makes me happy that Chypre Palatin seems to be a version of a cumin-free Jubilation 25.
Intended for men (you get the masculine bust stopper should you choose to go for it, or rather should you have the money to spare, to go for it), Chypre Palatin strikes me as highly wearable for every gender. It has great sillage and extraordinary staying power.
Chypre Palatin is a very unique perfume. I don’t have anything like it in my collection and I love its total recognizability. This is a perfume you could immediately identify when you smelled it “in the wild”.
So what does it smell like?
Chypre Palatin opens green, slightly herbal and with a tiny whiff of my dreaded dank tomb note, but this stage is fleeting, before a quick floral accented phase leads into the main show: a bombastic oriental full of woody creaminess, spicy leather, smoky resins and sweet vanilla served with a soupçon of oakmoss to keep the green alive in all this rich, oriental glory.
Sounds overwhelming, but isn’t. Sounds heavy, but isn’t. Sounds gorgeous, and is just that.
Parfums MDCI is not a bargain brand. It is a luxurious, high quality line with perfumes that hold what they are promising. I’m all for great packaging and if only I could I would let one of their beautiful perfumes be graced with its appropriately beautiful bust stopper, but since I can’t, I am very glad the line also offers a simpler presentation. You can also order a sample set directly from Paris through their website, the cost of which is deductible from a subsequent full bottle order. But the samples are 12ml each, so this is more of a discovery set and we are all in favor of that, aren’t we?
What do you think of the line? Have you tried any of their perfumes?