Skip to main content

Chypre Fatal

Posted in

The Guerlain website blurb states that this modern chypre is an aphrodisiac with the power to bring forth the femme fatale, the cat on a hot tin roof, with a single spritz…”Both chic and sexy, Chypre Fatal brings to mind a rebellious woman with extreme elegance, an icon with devastating seduction….”
One of three fragrances in the 2008 luxury collection Elixir Charnel (Carnal Elixirs) created by nose Christine Nagel and Guerlain art director Sylvaine Delacourte, Chypre Fatal is a modern fruity chypre.
I start with a couple of spritzes, and the opening is intense. Luscious syrupy peach layered with fresh-picked roses, spicy, green and earthy. The rose controls the fruity sweetness and the delicate peach rounds and softens the pungent rose, turning this opening accord into a delicious nectar.
After twenty minutes or so, patchouli and musk notes in the heart lift the fruity floral accord, making it less sweet and more delicate. The peach becomes paler, the rose opens with hints of soft vanilla and Chypre Fatal becomes not sexy, but definitely sensuous, almost teasing and languid.
Modern chypres contain no real oak moss, but as the base notes develop, there are hints of earth and dark green that waft up followed by wafts of gauzy peach, or creamy vanilla. Chypre Fatal ends as a superb skin scent, with just the right balance of peachy sweet and vanillic darkness that Guerlain does so well, a French bon bon.
Chypre Fatal feels soft, sheer, subdued, weightless, which is intriguing because my expectation is so different. I’m waiting for the complexity, the throat-grabbing intensity of a chypre, and it never happens. The claws never come out, I get only the gorgeous purr, which lasts for hours.
Notes: White pear, rose, patchouli, musk, vanilla
Type: EdP
Parfumeure: Christine Nagel

Price: $6.00