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I’ve discovered another gem – a small California company by the name of Rogue Perfumery. The owner and in-house nose is Manuel Cross, a former professional chef whose love of vintage scents inspired him to seriously study perfumery for the past ten years so he could understand the science and art behind his intense fascination with vintage florals. One thing led to another, and he became a perfumer...
Manuel says:
"Chypre-Siam took five years to complete. I’ve created a beautiful jasmine base that utilizes an even lovelier jasmine absolute, which helps meld the civet notes seamlessly into the benzoin base. What you get in the end is a “chypre experience” moreso than just of a list of notes. I wanted this fragrance to be able to briefly transport one back 90+ years.”
On my wrists, the tartness of green lime and the anisic green basil are delicious, an unexpected attack of green, hinting of soap in the first moments, devoid of any sweet, just shimmering greenness. And then the distinct musty earth-green notes of oakmoss, real oakmoss, thickens as the opening accord changes into a damp woodsy greenness that flickers with licks of leather and animalic civet, inspiring images of other ancient worlds. When jasmine and ylang drop onto the moss, their natural white floral waft is at first fresh, then gentle and sultry-sweet as Chypre-Siam dries down and the heart deepens into the base. The resins, sandalwood and benzoin rise in the background, creamy, powdery, enveloping the florals and green moss accord, and Chypre-Siam becomes warm deep and very rich, saturated with deliciously earthy and animalic scents. The scent settles on my skin, silky and ultra smooth, purring like a sleek contented cat for hours and hours.
Chypre-Siam is a beautiful chypre, and an absolutely beautiful perfume. Manuel Cross, without a shadow of a doubt, has created an authentic “chypre experience”, allowing perfume lovers in 2020 to travel back in time to 1920 (in countries not governed by IFRA regulations) to enjoy pure unfettered olfactory art.  
Notes: oakmoss, kaffir lime, civet, jasmine, ylang, leather, spices, holy basil, sandalwood, benzoin
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Manuel Cross

Price: $6.00