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Chypre Siam by Rogue Perfumery

This is truly a dank little oakmoss number and before describing further I need to lay down some facts. Chypre Siam is not for the faint of heart—it is for those interested in exploring what fragrance was and can still be through amazing indie houses like Rogue Perfumery. I say that because as @luckyscent eloquently mentioned, this is a “joyful middle finger to IFRA.” IRFA being the International Fragrance Association that places regulations on certain ingredients like oakmoss, and thus limits what perfumers can use in their compositions. Rogue perfumery completely ignores those guidelines using real and very generous amounts of bygone ingredients. What you end up getting are very* rich, layered little frag bombs. It is like the ghost of Coty’s Chypre hath risen for all of us to enjoy in the 21st century. We all worship at it’s green, fungal feet! When I smell it I’m getting very Katherine Hepburn in a mink jacket saying in her way “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” She’s right—if you want to smell like sex you have to have a little sex gland energy in your juice. Manuel Cross has also added kaffir lime leaves and jasmine to make this a beautiful, indolic floral.

Other notes include oakmoss, civet, jasmine, ylang, leather, spices, holy basil, sandalwood, and benzoin. In real life you will smell like the embodiment of the phrase “They don’t make em’ like they used to.”



Chypre Siam by Rogue Perfumery