a journey of the senses by FLACONNEUR
ITALIAN CYPRESS – 2008 – ♂♀
Classification: Woody Aromatic
Top: Mandarin Orange, Bergamot, Galbanum, Peppermint
Heart: Cypress, Clove, Basil, Patchouli
Base: Cistus, Labdanum, Moss
Price: $195 for 50ml bottle
Italian Cypress does a little time travel—back to the masculine fragrances of the 1970’s, that is. It evokes a woody, resinous, herbal feel, all stuffed inside a musty leather jacket. This profile was very popular and saturated the market at the time. You might remember one of the elders of this fragrance group, Ralph Lauren Polo Green. Italian Cypress picks up where Polo Green left off, but it’s far less aggressive and pungent than grandpa Polo.
Italian Cypress starts off with citrus top notes that are slightly sharp and very pleasing. The citrus flirts briefly with peppermint, giving the opening a fresh quality. The freshness is dirtied up a little with the addition of galbanum, which gives it just a little musky edge. As the top notes dissipate, the heart notes introduce a bit of southern Europe, with the robust scent of cypress. This beautifully aromatic coniferous tree blends easily with some herbal friends, clove and basil. Who doesn’t love the smell of resinous herbs laced with citrus? The addition of patchouli grounds this otherwise excessively green mix with some earthy warmth and character. Cistus continues this scent trail with more warmth but with a touch of spicy essence. It blankets this fragrance as a whole supporting the masculine statement Italian Cypress was probably intending. The labdanum deepens the fragrance and give it a fantastic resinous quality. The base is topped off nicely with a little mossiness. A nice finishing touch to the spice and woods.
Italian Cypress has a very masculine feel and will please most masculine tastes. Women that love a great resinous, deep fragrance with a touch of evergreen might go for this as well. The longevity on this fragrance was moderate and sillage was fine but not extremely strong. Italian Cypress is comfortable, masculine and a good substitute for your beloved Polo Green.