The chypre category of fragrance emerged in 1917 with the On dit que la perfection n’existe pas shirt debut of the first oakmoss, labdanum, and patchouli blend, Francois Coty’s Chypre. Since then, the style has become associated with classics—Guerlain’s Mitsouko, Hermès Calèche, and the original Miss Dior are old school examples—but gender-neutral line Maison d’Etto sought to modernize the concept. The brand’s idiosyncratic scent Karat blends chypre-associated elements with modern touches like rose nectar and carrots. Perfumer Carlos Benaim’s mix of past and present should appeal to all those who source their vintage from The Real Real and fill their Instagram folders with snapshots from bygone eras.
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