Dryad by Papillon Artisan Perfumes
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Dryad is a popular perfume by Papillon Artisan Perfumes for women and men and was released in 2017. The scent is chypre-green. It is still available to purchase.
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Liz Moores

Fragrance Notes

Bitter orangeBitter orange CitronCitron ApricotApricot BergamotBergamot TarragonTarragon ThymeThyme Star aniseStar anise GeraniumGeranium NarcissusNarcissus JonquilJonquil OakmossOakmoss Turkish roseTurkish rose IrisIris Orange blossomOrange blossom Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang CostusCostus CastoreumCastoreum CivetCivet GalbanumGalbanum LavenderLavender Clary sageClary sage Liatris spicata absoluteLiatris spicata absolute VetiverVetiver TobaccoTobacco Woodland® StyraxStyrax IononeIonone Peru balsamPeru balsam BenzoinBenzoin LabdanumLabdanum

Ratings

Scent

8.293 Ratings

Longevity

7.981 Ratings

Sillage

7.383 Ratings

Bottle

7.870 Ratings

Value for money

6.726 Ratings
Submitted by Cassandra, last update on 25.05.2022.
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9
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Bottle
9
Pricing
VTrancoso

8 Reviews
VTrancoso
VTrancoso
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The Scent of the Forest
“Dryad” (EDP) took 2 years to create and the Notes are: “Narcissus. Oakmoss. Jonquil. Cedrate Galbanum. Benzoin. Vetiver.

After trying it on my skin, I was “seized” by the soft, welcoming and mysterious aroma of a “chypre” that doesn’t look like a “chypre”, with an almost indescribable class and complexity (a sign that the notes are very well “intertwined”). It's one of those fragrances where it seems like we're always finding new accords. I confess, for example, that I also seemed to detect an Iris rhizome note – which is not described in the information above. But a very special Iris. A kissing Iris, not a funeral one. Other times I seemed to discover a sensual cloud of musk formatted for timeless lovers.
If the scent had color it would be green like forests and Dryads - which are tree spirits (goblins or nymphs). But there is, at the same time, a deep, super romantic, “old” and dark side that fascinates. Something “retro feel made modern”. Or a “vintage Guerlain” made in the 21th century.

A scent that looks like it was made for Peter Pan. But on the condition that, after a few hours, he becomes an adult with a Rodolfo Valentino look - and, finally, he has the romance that everyone expects, with the fairy “Tinker Bell” to the sound of the Moonlight Serenade. Or alternatively, we can imagine Aragorn traveling back in time and leaving the “Lord of the Rings” saga to embrace Arwen again – his beloved Elven Princess – in the middle of the 21th century on a “chic” terrace over the lights of Paris.
Obviously a sophisticated fragrance for very very special occasions.
8
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8
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
6
Pricing
Kurai

180 Reviews
Kurai
Kurai
   4  
Do not disturb
This is "do not disturb" material. The kind of perfume to wear at home on a quiet evening. It demands attention from the wearer and takes him/her on an adventure. A long-lasting trip with strong vivid images and a constantly changing plot; a novel to fully indulge in and to read over and over again.

Be prepared for a big foggy swamp full of green and brown notes. And that's just the opening. Then there is a much brighter floral phase, with a somewhat dry and dusty feel to it. Eventually, things start to warm up as tobacco, balsams and musks appear, besides the lovely moss that is present from beginning to end.

This may be a perfectly wearable perfume, but the trail it leaves is pretty common green. From a distance, I get mostly narcissus and galbanum. Faint wafts of this perfume are not going to mesmerize anyone. But up close it is an absolute mind boggler.
9.5
Scent
9
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
5
Pricing
JackHunter33

67 Reviews
JackHunter33
JackHunter33
   3  
A Walk Through A Enchanted Forest
Now this is a gorgeous 10 out of 10 green chypre fragrance that lasts over ten hours on my skin. It is one of the most complex scents I have experienced as there is so much going on.

On the opening I'm getting green hay, galbanum, oakmoss and then these floral parma violets take over. If you remember those parma violet candies as a kid well it smells like that but it's really beautiful. Lot's of earthy forestry smells with floral elements. It's very mossy just how I like my Chypre fragrance's. It really keeps your nose on it's toes so to speak.lol........ Big wow for me with this one, the quality just shines through. Did not think they made them like this anymore but here we are.

After about three hours or so I could pick up more of notes tobacco, iris, furry musk, vetiver and the oakmoss is to die for if you love the accord. Such a mossy warmth infused with the spirit of the forest. lol....... don't mean to get poetic there but if you smell this scent you will know what I mean. It's glorious!

What is very interesting is the constant shifting of the notes upon the skin. Every time you smell the fragrance you can pick up different notes and it constantly changes as time goes by. A example of this is I sprayed my chest and wrist and several hours into the drydown both areas smelled different. The scent from my chest area smelled like fresh iris and on my wrist I was picking up smoky green vetiver. And then nine to ten hours into the drydown it changed again smelling like the drydown of Knize Ten. Giving you sweet powdery floral accord, really heavenly.

All in all this is a fantastic perfume taking you on quite the journey through a enchanted forest as it constantly shifts and evolves on your skin. This fragrance is like a tribute to the old greats like the Guerlains of yesteryear. A massive thumbs up and then some from me. Love it!
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10
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
7
Pricing
Drseid

818 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    3  
Resurrecting The Green Chypre...
Dryad opens with a slightly sweet, fruity floral orange blossom and apricot focal tandem with underlying smooth orange fruit support before transitioning to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart woody green cedrat melds into the orange lingering from the open, as hay-like herbal deertongue joins green spicy, woody galbanum and mild woody vetiver in support. During the late dry-down the composition completely shifts to a mossy (likely oakmoss and tree moss derived) green late dry-down with little remaining of the previous notes through the finish. Projection is average and longevity outstanding at well over 15 hours on skin.

Dryad smells fantastic. As soon as one applies the perfume on skin a gorgeous orange blossom emerges that quickly morphs into an equally appealing vetiver and galbanum enhanced spicy-woody heart. Quite frankly, this profile I expected to continue through the late dry-down, but the perfume rather surprisingly shifts gears completely, morphing into an equally appealing but all together different mossy-green focal late dry-down that lingers for hours and hours. The mossy-green dry-down definitely contains some oakmoss within, but its smooth facet and seemingly endless duration leads this writer to believe the oakmoss is heavily infused by tree moss. Another possibility is this is a tremendous implementation of the IFRA compliant low atranol oakmoss that has proved unimpressive in so many other compositions. However the perfumer achieved the highly appealing mossy-green base, it is it be commended. The bottom line is the $186 per 50ml bottle Dryad is a fine example of a modern day green chypre that gets just about everything right, earning it an "excellent" 4 stars out of 5 rating, and a strong recommendation to all.
8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Serenissima
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Serenissima
Serenissima
Top Review    23  
I'd be Little Red Riding Hood,
...I would seriously consider immersing myself in this dark abundance alone. Even at the risk of grandmother having to do without cake and wine. (Surely she has some supplies in her cottage.)
Or else: I would immediately secure the wolf as a kind of bodyguard - a new dream team: Little Red Riding Hood and Lupo!
That might do it!

"Dryad" is dark - dark and mysteriously tempting!
Old mossy oaks exude their typical fragrance from their foliage: astringent and not only a little reminiscent of decay. The huge trunks with the cracked bark additionally spread a strong wood aroma.
Vetiver's earthy character conveys even more depth; despite the oaks dominating everything, the impression of dense undergrowth emerges, enclosing this scent path. Along with moist leaves that rustle under each step.
There is certainly more living under this one than just a hedgehog family seeking shelter.
(But do we really want to know more?)
Already at the beginning of the acquaintance with "Dryad" a spice outweighs, which is certainly not everyone's thing.
The aromatic herbs thyme, tarragon and clary sage alone contribute a fragrant power.
The bright, fruity freshness of both citrus fruits and the sweetness of the apricot are then needed to make friends with the previous fragrance composition.
Even star anise brings a little brightness (even if it scratches me a little again), before - after a large fragrant field of flowering lavender, framed by tobacco plants with already somewhat dried leaves - a hidden flower garden appears.
After this somewhat strict entrée I greet him with double joy!
There they are gathered, these purely female flowers: rose geranium (here harmonizing well with the kitchen herbs and dampening their strong spiciness a little).
An amazing abundance of roses and iris - both floral ladies proud, pampered by the sun and very fragrant intense.
The delicate, delicate magic of orange blossom adds warmth and cordiality to this secret scent: this scent is actually always welcome - especially here! This walk through the woods is good for a little tenderness!
A familiar glow now also appears on the scent horizon: Ylang-Ylang enters the stage! Bright lights, little life beings alike, now flickering through the creation - how I love this fragrance!
This light then leads into a true labyrinth of smoky resins: first I meet Labdanum of course - well, we've known each other for several years. That's probably why this first "Aha moment"!
But benzoin, galbanum and the vanilla-like sweetness of Styrax resin also greet intimately, along with so much that I don't see in detail.

There is a lot of liveliness in "Dryad": a rustling of the leaves, a rustling of the dry leaves and many small animals - animal addition to the dark magic. The clear knowledge: one being dies - another finds food! Here a circle closes!
And a whisper: a mysterious whisper, for which the dryads, the forest nymphs are probably responsible.
These "nymphs of the oaks" from Greek mythology lure here clearly.
Her peculiarly attractive beauty, always surrounded by light fog, seduces: the right way should be left and so the immersion into a world full of promises and secrets should be made easy.
The temptation to indulge in "Dryad", to get lost in this scent, too, is great!

It needs a lot of space, unfolds more and more over time (reminds me a little of a yeast dumpling that rises wonderfully under the warmth!), becomes more mysterious: finally a dark spicy chypre appears! An impressive grand finale!
Sure not everybody's darling, but still very, very interesting!

With "Dryad" I have not regretted making a detour deep into its magical forest, at the border between reality and dream, truth and lie, light and darkness.
This fragrance appeals to me clearly, even if I fear it a little at the same time.
Maybe I should get myself a faithful companion before I give myself to "Dryad" again?
Because I doubt that the dryads do not throw their nets at women, too!
They seem pretty possessive to me - just like this scent!
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Greenfaerie

85 Reviews
Greenfaerie
Greenfaerie
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Fairies and nature
I don't want to get overly technical with what I smell here. All I will say is that it's like a fairyland of green grass, yellow daffodils and white daisies, and has a vintage-like powdery quality about it. Wearing this makes me feel like a fairy princess.

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DorothyGraceDorothyGrace 4 years ago
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5
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5
Sillage
10
Bottle
1st impression, a flurry of green herbs, touch apricot, then neroli/orange blossom/bitter orange persists finally a vanillic touch is added.

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