Just a sample- Apercu
I just sampled this- Apercu by Houbigant. It’s an oak moss chypre* . I read that they don’t make this one anymore, yet I’ve seen it being sold online. It isn’t loud, but it’s kind of strong. I’m liking this little sample I got, but wouldn’t want a full bottle of it. Samples are great to settle your curiosity about certain perfumes, sometimes you find a true love, but often, they aren’t something you’d love to wear.
*Chypre: pronounced “sheepra”, French for “Cyprus” and first used by François Coty to describe the aromas he found on the island of Cyprus. He created a woodsy, mossy, citrusy perfume named Chypre (launched by Coty in 1917). Classic chypre fragrances generally had sparkling citrus and floral notes over a dark, earthy base of oakmoss, patchouli, woods and labdanum.
Aperçu is a chypre fragrance. Top notes bergamot, neroli, jasmine, tuberose, lemon, green leaf. Heart notes bois de rose, geranium, cinnamon bark oil, ylang-ylang. Bottom notes vetiver, sandalwood, oakmoss, patchouli, clove, cassis.
Read about different perfumes online and you’ll come closer to knowing about what you personally like.