Green or ‘chypre’ perfumes are in for spring – here are the scents to try

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Green or ‘chypre’ perfumes are in for spring – here are the scents to try

Green fragrances first went evocative in the 1970s – now they’re back

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Given the association with nature and renewal, spring is typically when scents thought of as in the ‘green’ family are the go-to for new fragrance arrivals.

The year’s crop come with a twist – rich with notes including green moss, juniper and rhubarb leaf, they nod to the sexiness of 1970s fragrances too.

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They are moving closer to the ‘chypre’ family or their masculine ‘fougère’ counterparts, says Andrew Kyriakou, fragrance concierge at online store Parfum Muse.

‘Chypre and fougère scents are so versatile,’ he says. ‘It depends on the artistry behind the perfume but these fragrances are for somebody who’s edgy yet sexy. They walk to their own beat and are confident, while perfume is the finishing touch to their armour.’

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Green fragrances went evocative in the 1970s when the trend was for sultry aromas.

As Kyriakou notes, ‘Fragrance is like fashion – trends will always revive.’

Here are our top perfumes to try:

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Illicit Green

Green or ‘chypre’ perfumes are in for spring – here are the scents to try

As daring as its predecessor

Black Opium has been updated as Black Opium Illicit Green and is as daring as the original.

Along with tangy green mandarin and clean, creamy fig, you’ll find warmer notes of vanilla bourbon and lightly bitter coffee for a sultry edge.

Chanel Cristalle Eau de Toilette

Green or ‘chypre’ perfumes are in for spring – here are the scents to try

Notes of earthy oak

This has notes of earthy oak, moss and vetiver, softened by jasmine and given a little sparkle thanks to sweet mandarin and juicy melon.

Malin & Goetz Vetiver

Green or ‘chypre’ perfumes are in for spring – here are the scents to try

If you love the smell of fresh cut grass this is for you

On the zestier side is this bold celebration of the luscious tropical grass vetiver, enlivened with notes of celery seed and citrus peel, and heated up by rich guaiac wood.

Mugler Aura Mugler

Green or ‘chypre’ perfumes are in for spring – here are the scents to try

The amazing green bottle is a plus

Renowned for ground-breaking fragrances, Mugler has created a crisp but exotic scent.

Tangy rhubarb leaf, juicy pear and soft orange blossom keep it green, while amber
and sandalwoods add depth and a sexy smokiness.

Frédéric Malle Synthetic Jungle

Green or ‘chypre’ perfumes are in for spring – here are the scents to try

This one has definite 70s vibes

A hit of luscious green notes, from clean basil, blackcurrant and lily of the valley to sexier leather and patchouli.

Bon Parfumeur 003

Green or ‘chypre’ perfumes are in for spring – here are the scents to try

Crisp yet spicy

With citrusy yuzu and crisp violet leaves, the spicy notes from the elemi tree and smokiness of vetiver make it linger on skin.

Guerlain Vetiver Eau De Toilette

Green or ‘chypre’ perfumes are in for spring – here are the scents to try

This iconic fragrance was first made in 1959

Green and grassy vetiver, spices and sweet tobacco leaves make for a dashing combo in this one.

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