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Chypre: pronounced “sheepra”, French for “Cyprus” and first used by François Coty to describe the aromas he found on the island of Cyprus. He created a woodsy, mossy, citrusy perfume named Chypre (launched by Coty in 1917). Classic chypre fragrances generally had sparkling citrus and floral notes over a dark, earthy base of oakmoss, patchouli, woods and labdanum.

Animalic: Animalic notes were originally animal-derived ingredients, for example, civet, ambergris, and musk. These notes range in smell from sweet and woody, to leathery and earthy. Modern fragrances include nods to these sensual, exotic notes using natural ingredients, like resins and woody notes, to provide a similar effect as well as the use of safe synthetic substitutes.  When used in small quantities, animalic notes provide depth, sensuality, and warmth to a scent.


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