"La Belle Hélène"

We have yet to fond the right illustration for this refined, complex composition: a little more time is still needed !

La Belle Hélene is too gourmand, rich, sensuous,
to be easily described, no more that its marvelous drydown or trail.
The pear and chocolate notes that its name naturally evoques are indeed there, but in a subtle and transmuted way: 
the topic here is clearly not food, but luxury, opulence, joie de vivre. 


Is the presence of oakmoss enough to make "La Belle Hélène" a chypre? 

The answer is yes, but...what we have here is a variety of... chypre, but a light one , with the sort of transparency which is Duchaufour's signature of sorts.
"transparency" does not in any way mean "thin", which is confirmed by the dense and lasting trail. 

Head notes: pear, aldehydes, tangerine, lime blossom

Heart notes: rose essence,osmanthus absolue, ylang ylang, iris, hawthorn, mirabelle

Base notes: myrrha, vetyver Haïti, patchouly, cedar, amber, oakmoss, white muscs, licorice




 

 
 





  
                                                     


  "Chypre Palatin"
 
 This is the story of a "coup de foudre" for a few notes handed by  Bertrand Duchaufour during a  visit to his lab in Fall 2011 . A small blotter with a few drops of what was then described as "an idea in development"... Since that moment these notes never left our mind: we could not let this one go by, there was here something so special, so right, so original... 
 
Whatever the final result, the initial idea would be the base of something much more accomplished.
 
Bertrand went back to the drawing board and several months after, try after try, the ideal balance between complexity and richness was found, with the right structure for the correct development of each ingredient.

And here... surprise!
 

The result is incredibly complex and rich, a velvet-like fragrance, a sort of gold-embroidered, fur-lined brocade, somptuous and wild...

The surprise comes from the discovery that "Chypre Palatin" is utterly masculine, but could also be one of the most sensuous, voluptuous feminine fragrance !


Another chypre in the MDCI collection, but this time a green oriental chypre


Main ingredients and brief description:
 
 
HEAD NOTES:  jacinth, clementine, aldehydes, cistus essence, galbanum essence, thyme, lavender 

HEART NOTES: rose, jasmin, iris concrète, prune, gardenia
 
BASE NOTES: benjamin, styrax, leather, vanilla, tolu, castoreum, costus, oakmoss, everlasting absolute 
   
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

                             It can also be described as " woodsy floral" chypre, but more a floral than a chypre.

 

                                                       Head notes: pear, aldehydes, tangerine, lime blossom

                           Heart notes: rose essence,osmanthus absolue, ylang ylang, iris, hawthorn, mirabelle

                       Bottom notes: myrrha, vetyver Haïti, patchouly, cedar, amber, oakmoss, white muscs, licorice