Cyprinum is warm, sweet, and spicy-floral, reminiscent of the times of antiquity, of precious wood, resin & exotic flowers. Their scent shines on the skin as if winged creatures, small in size, and of varied colours, flying under the scorching morning sun like from the stories of Herodotus. Base from myrrh, heart from henna and calamus, head from cardamom, connected by an aromatic vine, as it was done in antiquity.
Laime Kiskune studied this historical perfume for almost four years – from 2008 to 2012. Parfumer is still working on their reconstruction. This is 100% natural perfume. Its historical analogue is restored from 11 fragrances.
This story is about how with the help of fragrances and perfumes,
I dared to go into fascinating journeys through space and time.
How perfumes have been created in antiquity?
Which olfactory notes were characteristic in them?
What were the technological challenges
that needed to be addressed by the perfumers of that time?
The reconstruction of historical perfumes is archaeology, philology, botany and chemistry. Archaeology explores the historical artefacts and creates hypotheses about the production processes and the primary substances. Philology considers written sources that describe the formulas of perfumes and the units of measurement of that time. Botany defines plants used for the production of perfumes. Finally, chemistry using the method of gas chromatography coupled with a mass spectrometer (GC-MS) analyses organic residues of aromatics and helps to restore the chemical compositions of ancient perfumes.
However, even after collecting rich scientific data, it is not completely possible to clarify the exact formulas of historical perfumes. In order to fill the gaps, we cannot do without the intuition and creative audacity of the perfumer, without his knowledge and awareness of the subtleties of the library of fragrances.
In the classical antique composition of Cyprinum predominated fragrant ingredient was cypros. Archaeologists have come to an agreement that it was most likely the Lawsonia. Such a testimony is contained in the writings of Dioscurides and Pliny the Elder.
The great ancient botanist Theophrastus wrote that “Fragrant seeds of cypros are blue-black like the night. The petals of cypros are glowing white fire – like the day.”
Homer in his hymns to Aphrodite sings about the goddess who have perfumed herself with it, when she was going to seduce Anchises. And also, how this divine fragrance helped her to win a beauty contest against Athena and Hera.
Cyprinum is one of the oldest known perfumes. It is composed of cypros, calamus, cardamom, aromatic wine, wax, green olive oil. Cyprinum was discovered in the sarcophagi of the Ptolemaic rulers.
Cyprinum is made from 100 percent natural ingredients:
almond oil, moringa oil, aromatic substances (100% natural), candelilla wax, linalool, eugenol, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, limonene, coumarin, citronellol – natural ingredients of essential oils.
Plant extracts and essential oils are made from wild plants and renewable sources, distilled in small farms.
Ingredients/INCI: Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, Moringa oleifera oil, Parfum (100% natural), Candelilla Cera. Natural constituents in essential oils: linalool, eugenol, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, limonene, coumarin, citronellol.
Producer: Osmodomus, UAB