- Dec 14, 2020
Crêpe de Chine was my other white whale ! ( No self-respecting Chypre fan, eh ? 😁 ) but I got lucky not long ago. In fact I got VERY lucky as I bought something else ( very cheaply ) and the seller threw in a couple of extra old "minis" and one was this:I have a well preserved bottle of the original EDT, and it’s a nice, soft, mossy chypre. No ”oakmoss“ bomb. I think vintage Faberge Aphrodisia smells fairly similar (and Faberge even copied the packaging). Aphrodisia is on the left, Coty Chypre on the right. I also think Millot’s Crepe de Chine is another sister to the original Coty Chypre, but I actually like Crepe de Chine even more. It might be worth trying Aphrodisia or Crepe de Chine, if you haven’t already done so.
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The 1980’s Chypre, from the “Chateau Collection,” smells like…duh!…an 80’s chypre. It has a much stronger impact and pungency, with coriander, patchouli, and civettone, and it is this type of chypre base accord that many associate with oakmoss, even though oakmoss doesn’t have much of a presence in the 1980’s Coty Chypre. To me, it smells quite a bit like Paloma Picasso (but PP is a much better scent).
Here’s a 1986 ad. Amusing that the collection was promoted with a trip to France giveaway.
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THEN came across another just afterwards ( guess they're like buses !)
I had no idea about the similarity to Aphrodisiac as I only knew/have the 70's version ( which is still great ). Funnily enough the same person who had Coty had a fondness for Fabergé too which I inherited. ( Two women are responsible for my taste in perfume - my aunt who gave me her Lauder and Lancôme purse sprays and my older brother's then gf who was in her 20's when she moved in with us and had all the fun, cool "drugstore" stuff including City and Fabergé.
I honestly don't think I ever saw the 80's one now as I don't recognise the bottle ...or the magazine advert !