Scent Note: What does cistus smell like?

Cistus in perfumery

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Cistus, a plant adored by perfumers

It must be said that cistus is one of the rare shrubs to offer such a smell. A very amber fragrance and above all very sought after by perfumers. Amber, woody but also tenacious, this is what characterizes this small tree. In perfumery, labdanum is used. The latter is very appreciated for its agreements of herbs, wood, resin. A multitude of facets which often give compositions an animal note, powerful and warm. This is why we will find it mainly positioned in the base note. Cistus labdanum is also used as a fixer, because it perfectly freezes the lightest volatile notes, such as citrus. The use of cistus in perfumery dates back about 3000 years. Since, cistus has never ceased to conquer the hearts of perfumers and is found today in very great perfumes for women and men.

The association of cistus with the different olfactory families

Thanks to its very particular amber smell, cistus is often integrated in oriental perfumes. This is the case for Absolu by Rochas. Positioned as a base note, cistus is accompanied by benzoin, which gives a very amber trail. The heart is a mixture of bright and spicy flowers. Absolu is a perfume with extreme fragrances for free, sensual and assertive women. We also find cistus in chypre perfumes, because its warm note goes particularly well with white musk, sandalwood or patchouli. This is the case for the perfume Eau du Soir by Sisley, where we actually find cistus in the base note, accompanied by amber, patchouli and white musk. Eau du Soir offers a great olfactory richness, which contrasts between citrus notes, floral accords and an animal amber background… A refined, elegant and above all timeless fragrance.

A small Mediterranean shrub, cistus has been used in perfumery for a very long time. It is essentially its resin that is used. The latter offers amber, musky, warm and powerful fragrances. Essentially present in base notes, cistus is also an excellent fixer. It is found in great oriental, woody and chypre fragrances. An essential ingredient in today's world of perfumery.

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