Cypress (Cupressus) has an incredible history that lasts for two hundred million years. However, the first physical evidence of the existence and use of cypresses dates back to ancient Egyptian culture, where it was used in making chests in which they put mummies of Egyptian pharaohs. In ancient Greece, it was used to make urns where the ashes of fallen soldiers were kept. Even Plato’s Code is written on cypress boards.
The cypress tree appears in art and literature as a symbol of death, immortal soul, and pain. This long and unbreakable symbolic connection with death continues today. You can often see cypresses in cemeteries in America and France, while Egyptians still use cypresses to make coffins for their dead.
This magnificent tree is also the main part of American Cypress Gardens, that is popular family destinations since 1931. Cypress is a coniferous tree that originates from parts of the northern hemisphere, but today it can be found everywhere except in Antarctica.
The cypress belongs to the coniferous family, but it is still different from its relatives. Namely, although cypress has needles instead of leaves, they are not green all year round. In the fall, they turn brown and fall off, while in the spring, new, young, green needles appear.
In addition to having a clear symbolism of death since ancient times, cypress is often used in medicine. It is considered to be great for regulating blood circulation, stopping bleeding, but also for inhalation. Cypress essential oil is usually used for this purpose. The ancient Greeks believed that the smell of cypress oil purifies and calms the mind in stressful situations.
Cypress is also widely used in the perfume industry, usually for the masculine perfume compositions. Its dry, spicy, woody fragrant note captivates with its boldness and character. In combination with pine needles, it gives a wild, unbreakable blend of green sharpness and grounding, earthy feeling. Its fragrant note is woody and extremely stable and long-lasting, so characteristic and recognizable, that once you get to know it, you will certainly not forget it.
Cypress essential oil or its absolute is mainly used to make perfumes and colognes.
Cypress essential oil is partially deterpenated and is mainly obtained from its needles. However, the amount of production of this oil is limited. It is often used in combination with lavender, mandarin, sage, chamomile to make aromatic bases. It is also excellent in conjunction with citrus notes in modern colognes, as well as classical and neoclassical chypre compositions.
Fans of the scent of cypress say that its fragrant note reminds them of cedar, pine, but it differs from them with its unique charm and slightly sweet undertone that soothes the wild strength of the trees. Cypress gives freshness of coniferous trees but is less reminiscent of winter than its cousins. In perfumes, as well as in its 200 million years long history, cypress is quite durable. Even after many hours, you will still feel its intense and woody-green note on your skin, while the others will be gone with the wind.
Perfumes with a fragrant cypress note are:
- Acqua di Parma Cipresso di Toscana
- Annick Goutal Les Nuits d’Hadrien
- Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio
- Bond no 9 Brooklyn
- Cartier Le Baiser du Dragon
- Chanel Allure Sport eau Extreme
- Chanel Sycomore
- Comme des Garcons Wonderwood
- Dior Bois d’Argent
- Dior Poison
- Diptique Tam Dao
- DS & Durga Mississippi Medicine
- Etat Libre d’Orange Tom of Finland
- Etro Ambra
- Halston Z14
- Jo Malone Wood, Sage & Sea salt
- Lalique Encre Noire
- M. Micallef Royal Vintage
- Parfum d’Empire Wazamba
- Rochas Mystere
- Tom Ford Italian Cypr.
- Van Clef & Arpels Gem