Saturday, March 15, 2014

Kypre c1935

Kypre by Lancôme: launched in 1935. Created by Armand Petitjean. Lancôme launched its first five fragrances in 1935 at the World's Fair in Brussels - Tendre Nuit, Bocages, Conquete, Kypre and Tropiques.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was classified as a chypre perfume with mossy and woodsy notes.
  • Top notes: citrus. bergamot
  • Middle notes: galbanum, jasmine, iris, violet
  • Base notes: labdanum, leather, oakmoss, orris, sandalwood, patchouli, amber, musk

Armand Petitjean, creator of the perfume, explains it thus:
"Kypre should be treated like a Burgundy; it needs to age in the bottle, like the wine. In our climate, it is more of a perfume for winter and for festivities, but in the East and in South America, it appeals in all seasons…”


Flacons below designed by Georges Delhomme and manufactured by Verrières de la Bresle. Stands 3 3/4" tall.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.  During WWII, importations of Lancome fragrances such as Tropiques, Tendres Nuit, Fleches, Cuir, Conquete, Bocages, Peut Etre, and Kypre were halted and did not return to US soil until 1946.  Still being sold in 1952.

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