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Gabriella Chieffo Lye, Hystera & Ragu ~ short perfume reviews

Gabriella Chieffo Ragù and Lye

I recently reviewed two fragrances (Acquasala and Camaheu) from Gabriella Chieffo, a niche perfume line based in Italy. This week I tested the remaining three, all released in 2014: Lye, Hystera and Ragù. Yes, let’s get those names out of the way: they don’t necessarily transfer well into an English-language context. I tried to concentrate on the actual fragrances, instead.

Lye is inspired by memories of laundry day: “The smell of the sun drying the clothes just hung out…Ash, like alpha and omega, become real protagonists in this fragrance. Lye, used once to whiten, to clean, dramatically returns to our fragrance memory, evoked by a unique and absolute scent.” This fragrance includes notes of bergamot, lemon, incense, iris, leather, patchouli, opooponax and vanilla. It’s described as “woody” and “spicy,” but that doesn’t sound quite right to me…

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