The Papillon Fragrance Selection

The Papillon fragrance selection has been inspired by top-selling international brands.  

All 69 Papillon fragrances have been produced in South Africa, using only the purest European perfume oils of superior quality.  

Our fragrances are more concentrated than standard eau de toilette products, for optimal longevity.  

The Papillon range spans all 7 olfactory groups that make up the aromatic palette, as described below.

Chypre

This olfactive group was named after the perfume Coty Chypre created in 1917.  Chypre means Cyprus in French. This sharp scent is based on a harmony of oak moss, labdanum, patchouli and bergamot.

Chypre Floral

Chypre Fruity

Leather

Leather scents in various nuances, from floral, velvety compositions to tart and smoky ones are placed in this group.

Scenting leather products in order to mask unpleasant scent of leather itself, since urine and faeces of cattle, as well as blood and tar had been used in its traditional production, marked the beginning of perfumery.

Citrus

Citrus fragrances are old and abundant. Its compositions are based on lemon, orange, bergamot, grapefruit or mandarin, with other citrus, aromatic and tart notes for men and floral notes for women.

Citrus Aromatic

Citrus Gourmand

Floral

The largest fragrant group encompasses numerous versions of compositions with a floral heart.  Freshly picked flowers, flowers with aquatic, green or powder nuances, as well as floral-aldehyde, floral-fruity and gourmand compositions.

Floral Aldehyde

Floral Aquatic

Floral Fruity

Floral Fruity Gourmand 

Floral Green

Floral Woody Musk

Aromatic

Aromatic notes are usually a combination of sage, rosemary, cumin, lavender and other plants which possess a very intensive grass-spicy scent. They are often combined with citrus and spicy notes. Aromatic compositions are typical of fragrances for men.

Aromatic Aquatic 

Aromatic Fougere

Aromatic Fruity 

Aromatic Green

Aromatic Spicy

Oriental

Oriental fragrances with dominant amber are placed in a separate group, thanks to their accentuated warmth and sensuality. Their opulent bouquet includes intoxicating and intensive substances such as musk, vanilla, exotic resins and wood, often accompanied with exotic flowers and spices.

Oriental Floral

Oriental Fougere

Oriental Spicy

Oriental Vanilla

Oriental Woody

Woody

Opulent compositions of woody notes at the heart and accentuated with woody base notes. Warm, mysterious sandalwood, drier and sharper cedar and vetiver, resin-like and balmy exotic sorts are usually accompanied with aromatic citrus notes.

Woody Aquatic 

Woody Aromatic 

Woody Chypre

Woody Floral Musk