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Mitsouko Guerlain for women

Mitsouko Guerlain for women
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female 25- 25+
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I have it: 1991 I had it: 456 I want it: 1459 My signature: 75

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warm spicy
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citrus
floral
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Mitsouko was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1919. The creation of Mitsouko was inspired by the heroine of Claude Farrčre's novel 'La bataille', a story of an impossible love between Mitsouko, the wife of Japanese Admiral Togo, and a British officer. The story takes place in 1905, during the war between Russia and Japan. Both men went to war, and Mitsouko, hiding her feelings with dignity, waits for the outcome of the battle to discover which of the two men will come back to her and be her companion.

Mitsouko is mysterious fragrance, not allowing everyone to see its beauty. The opening is long, like a play of all beautiful notes, and, of course, this fragrance is not for ordinary day use. On the skin it sounds as if it starts from far away, without any allusion to its intensity and sensual side. Mitsouko is one of the well known aromas of chypre olfactory group with cool top notes and oak moss in the base. But it also has a note of a juicy peach, which gives a clear and quite gourmand nuance. It features bergamot, peach, jasmine, may rose, spices (cinnamon), oak moss, vetiver and wood. The fragrance is exuberant, unusual and elegant, not too sweet, nor heavy, it is well balanced. Eau de Toilette is much sharper, while Eau de Perfume is warmer and nicer. The full richness of the composition, however, is revealed only in the perfume concentration.

The bottle has the same shape as the one of Heure Bleue (1912). It is often said that these two bottles are symbols of beginning (Heure Bleue) and the end (Mitsouko) of the war.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Citruses Jasmine Bergamot Rose

Middle Notes
Lilac Peach Jasmine Ylang-Ylang Rose

Base Notes
Spices Amber Cinnamon Oakmoss Vetiver

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This perfume reminds me of  
Femme Rochas
20 no yes
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Chypre
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Mitsouko Fragrance Reviews

A. Rose123
A. Rose123

There's a smooth, inky iodine note to "Mitsouko", which flavors the character of every, other note in this blend, with a high-pitched, metallic, ambergris type of ethereal softness. It's like rolling velvet. The opening, fresh but not sweet peach notes mixed with shadowy plum, smells as if it were steeped in liquor, in a tin basin. The deep, shadowy mosses feel more textured and dewy because that iodine note showcases the crunchy, greenness of the moss, reminding me more of fern than dried potpourri. It's almost wild but in a bacchanalian way, like a fairy feast from "A Midsummer's Night Dream"; tea brewed in oak leaves, berries served in lily cups, drizzled with honey.

The spices dance, on shimmering, rays of sunlight and the whole blend feels like a juxtaposition of the very natural, almost botanical, against artistic artifice. The glamour of "Mitsouko" is in it's ability to capture not, simply, aristocratic privilege but the contrast between highly-contrived and meticulously made luxury products, against natural surroundings in a way that's typical in privileged life. A silk kimono near a grotto. A fur coat in an estate conservatory or solarium. A stone manor by the sea. A sleighride over the snow, guests covered in velvet blankets and capes; they arrive at the lodge, peel off coats to reveal exquisite gowns and gems, before retiring with hot, spiced champagne beside a woodfire. Tweed coats on horseback, in a field. Louise Brooks in a silk gown, on a veranda, in the moonlight, overlooking a thick grove, plants, leaves and moss, wet with evening dew, serenaded by buzzing bugs.

I love the contrasting textures, shadows and moods of "Mitsouko", with its almost avant-garde sensibility.

Apr
21
2014
HausFrau
HausFrau

I so wanted to love Mitsouko. She sounded like my type of woman, but alas she loves my husband, not me. His skin picks out the peach and amps it up, and I get excited and think MAYBE TODAY and spray it on.... NOPE. Never. She will always refuse me. Sad, it's the only Guerlain I can not wear.

Apr
20
2014
ttiberia
ttiberia

it evokes personal memories. I need it on a daily basis for keeping my balance

Apr
19
2014
lovetribe
lovetribe

try this today....is a unisex perfume awesome.love!!!!!!

Apr
17
2014
danaklein
danaklein

Crispy, leathery, green and cumin all over. Sexy and clean in the same time!

Apr
15
2014
IndigoEye
IndigoEye

When I knew I loved Guerlain, because they are a proper perfume house and not a fashion house that launches perfume on the side, but I didn't yet know which Guerlain would be right for me, I thought that Mitsouko sounded right for me with its woody and mossy notes.
I love Guerlain, but I'll be honest, Mitsouko gave me a shock and I did not like it. Too spicy and dark! And I have come to learn that peach does not work for me, so it was a resounding no. Luckily, I found my happiness instead with l'Heure Bleue.
(Mr Big Big Toe: sometimes you think you like a type of scent, woody, and you end up happiest with the opposite, powdery. And personally I cannot think of a more powdery fragrance than Chanel No. 19. You should also get over the false gender divides of perfume - you should check out the review on nowsmellthis about Mitsouko (pour homme))
The unexpected twist in the turn is that whilst I love l'Heure Bleue and Après L'Ondée, Mitsouko is my husband's favourite Guerlain. I have to say, the dark (almost dank) woody mossy smell with the freshness of the peach and rose is divine (on him!)

Apr
14
2014
polly golightly
polly golightly

arte pura

Apr
11
2014
twoteacakes
twoteacakes

I cannot add anything about this exquisite fragrance which has not been already said so eloquently before. However I wanted to add that it is autumn here in New Zealand, and I was out walking my dogs along a river track today amongst damp, mossy autumnal trees. I wasn't wearing it but these surroundings smelt absolutely of Mitsouko. That is the mastery of perfume, to capture a time and place that is reality.

Apr
06
2014
Juliana6
Juliana6

Rich, strong and temptingly feminine.
You are next to the door, you hear the rhythm of high, thin heels and you feel this scent, it enters before The woman wearing it. It's like a veil of sophistication surrounding her, strictly classic, a bit bitter French gem, floral with a hint of aldehydes.
And then that woman enters - silk stockings with seam, classic shoes, navy blue dress (pure designed just for her), classic but still noticeable make-up and her eyes -half opened, longing and day dreaming. Makes me think about the grand film stars, like Ava Gardner, Yvonne de Carlo, Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor.

Apr
05
2014
VeeNVegas
VeeNVegas

I wanted to love this perfume...unfortunately I can find nothing here to like, much less love. This smells dusty and earthy to me and made me feel like I needed another shower. The only thing I can compare it to is the smell some people have emananting from their bodies after they have eaten a meal filled with curry or cardamon or cumin or other strong spices.

Mar
31
2014
Mrbigbigtoe
Mrbigbigtoe

I really want to know what kind of unisex this is.

I wear Chanel No 19 EDP. Not because I'm gay, but it just smells so amazing and honestly a straight man like myself could pull No 19 off very easily.

Could a straight man pull this off?
If not, are there any other fragrances that a man could pull of by Guerlain?

Please message me:)

PS I love HEAVY green/leather scents like No 19.
NOTHING POWDERY AT ALL!!!!

Mar
29
2014
LizzieBea
LizzieBea

This is my first chypre, and I love it! I picked this one because I don't have anything else like it in my collection. It's mature and somehow melancholy. It really melds with my natural scent throughout the day and just becomes a better version of myself. Its muted elegance makes it appropriate for most situations.

Mar
21
2014
Mary-Jayne
Mary-Jayne

Update:
This was a "like" for me for a long while. I wanted to love her, I wanted her to love me, but we were taking some time to get to know each other.

Yesterday I realised I was craving mitsouko and sprayed liberally, and something wonderful happened. Where before the oakmoss (or treemoss in my edt version) had seemed aloof and elusive, the peach hiding, and the earthy woody spicy notes taking the fore (I believe I mentioned a honey sandwich note)suddenly, yesterday the most wonderful thing happened. Mitsouko swirled around me like a cashmere blanket, and as she curled around me she whispered into my ear, so quietly like a breath on the wind...."I love you". And quietly, so as not to scare her away I whispered back "I love you too".

Here was the moss, the flowers, the rich velvety peach. Here was a beautiful scent that enveloped me in her embrace, and I realised I needed to change my "like" to "love".

I recently asked my partner to try this on his arm, as it had been so unisex smelling on me before, with the woody, spicy, yeasty, bready honey smell taking the fore. On my partner this was a floral bouquet! My skin seems to emphasise "masculine" notes whereas his picks out the "feminine"!

I still stand my the honey sandwich, but it is a wonderful honey sandwich! But now I suddenly get rose, and peach, and moss and oh she is lovely I just had to tell you all....Mitsouko and I are now in a relationship!

Mar
18
2014
lcommisso
lcommisso

At first spritz, it is in your face Oakmoss. It turns into a herbal/medicinal/powdery gem. It is unlike anything else. I am sad that I don't smell any peach, but maybe it will change with the seasons. For some reason, I think of Edgar Allen Poe and old delicate lace, not anything Japanese. I suppose it is going to be a little off, as it the French interpretation of a Japanese maiden from around 100 years ago. I almost wish there was a Japanese perfume inspired by a French woman, maybe Edith Piaf. Regardless, a Guerlain wonder.

Mar
17
2014
Moldybread
Moldybread

Sorry, I don't get this. On me it is very cold, powdery, indistinct, close to the skin and short lived. I can't pick out any individual notes at all but there is a medicinal, library or apothecary smell to it. It is not objectionable, just nothing I would bother wearing. I have a sample of a current iteration.

Mar
15
2014
veda
veda

Mitsouko is an ode to green woody perfumes.I can't find any similarity with Femme de Rochas.On me it is green and not yellow.It is woody, powdery and soft.
It is best at winter time when the cold air caress your face.I cannot smell the peach in this aromatic pyramid.
A great inspiration!!

Mar
11
2014
AkcijaGirl
AkcijaGirl

The most complicated perfume I own. I am still learning to like or love Mitsy, but boy, it is taking time. To me, the opening is an almost poisonous cloud of dank, bitter green that reminds me of the fragrances that my parents' friends had on in the late seventies (when I was a very young child, ahem, cough cough), and brings me back to a picture I have of my Dad, with side-burns and his cringey squash outfit. I sprayed it on the box to begin with, and it was strong enough to give me a headache, you know the type that hums behind your eyes. And this is the recent EDP version, so I can't say it is the oak moss doing this.

I did not, and still do not sense any peach in this. In the far distance, I can sometimes (after four-five hours) get the thrum of a pan of some sour, inedible fruit being simmered in a toxic liquid, like formaldehyde. At this point, I get a whiff of cloves if I focus hard enough. The middle and dry down do have a sweeter tone as they go on, but this is not a sweet perfume per se. It is not a friendly perfume. I use it when I know I am going to be air kissing people I don't like at starchy events I have to attend because of my job. It gives me a perverse pleasure to go in for the kill, swamp my hair into their noses and fill their olfactory senses with a cloud of toxic Mitsy swamp, forbidding and stern. I like watching them recoil a bit.

The only times I have ever gotten Mitsouko to be a little friendlier on me was one time a few weeks ago when I spritzed it on before going for a long, six hour walk through the city with my husband, young son, baby daughter and my mum. By the end of the day, the fragrance had taken on this salty, outdoorsy, herbal aspect that merged with the faint sweat on my skin. It was if both Mitsouko and I had finally learned to stop pacing edgily around each other and just chill out a bit. In brief, I am still learning to love this bomb. None of the Guerlains are an easy, straight off love for me, but I am having to work at this one just a little bit harder than the others in the Axis of Greatness (Shalimar and L'Heure Bleue).

But - respect to Mitsouko, seriously. It is a complicated, complex woman, and she keeps you on your toes. By no means a comfortable perfume, she sidles up behind up with a dainty little dagger pointed at your back. Better be careful with her.

Mar
07
2014
alchimia72
alchimia72

I found a sample of an old version called Parfum de toilette, in my mum's wardrobe. I think is a vintage version. I tested this one and the current edt version. I think that the riformulation is not so bad at all. It's the same fragrance, again rich in oakmoss. You can recognize it. There are reformulation that are really terrific ( Arpege for example has an animalic note in the black bottle version completely asent in the transparent bottle version). I am proud to own a vintage sample to remember what Mitsouko was.

Mar
07
2014
CBT
CBT

This perfume has a very melancholy, autumnal feel to it.

When I first sprayed it on, it smelt like a generic, very dry, rich older woman's chypre. Not unpleasant but nothing inspiring, I dismissed it and went on with my day. About 40min later, a deliciously rich spicy smell envelopes me. It's so different and startling, it takes me a minute to realize that it's Mitsouko. To me, the fruity note smells like stewed plums, heavy with cinnamon and brown sugar but still tart.

It's a scent that feels like you've met it before, a long time ago. I'm almost certain that someone I knew wore this when I was a child - it reminds me of my Japanese grandmother who I haven't seen in since I was 7. The peach just straight up smells like plums to me and I feel like the name well chosen - my obachan used to make her own plum wine.

The woman who wears Mitsouko could be a Japanese grandmother with an amazing jewelry collection, but she could also be a weary femme fatale. I see her sitting alone in her red velvet boudoir. She is red-lipped and dressed seductively, but fine lines are appearing around her eyes and she has an expression of indescribable sadness. A beautiful perfume, but too tragic for me to feel comfortable in.

Mar
06
2014
MHJ77
MHJ77

I have the edt and it is absolutely gorgeus! A keeper in my perfume collection for sure!

Mar
05
2014
zzMaja
zzMaja

Beautiful - one of my favorites. Classic, timeless, complex and sophisticated. This could be worn by almost anyone. The spices are heavy and it will surround you along with others close by so be careful, but wow this is very nice.

Feb
25
2014
Eneli
Eneli

Cold, crisp and nauseatingly powdery. Unfortunatelly not a perfume for me :-(

Feb
23
2014
jadetrail51
jadetrail51

Quite simply the best chypre ever produced. It is a cashmere blanket when you need a cuddle; sunshine when it's cold and gray; Peach nectar for the soul...I will never be without this "timeless parfum masterpiece"....

Feb
06
2014
railanglois
railanglois

EDP opens up herbal/medicinal, dries down fruity. for some reason it smells like fresh waffles on me, almost vanilla at the end of the drydown. Very pleasant though.

Feb
05
2014
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I love Mitsouko in summer. Especially on hot humid days. Something about humidity really leads the spicy and earthy notes to blossom.

The scent stays on my skin and develops over the entire day, into the next morning. I could do without the brown sugar-caramelized peach smell that develops as the other notes fade away. But I'll forgive it because the rest of the ride is so good.

Modern EDT if you were wondering. Not that I know the difference.

Jan
31
2014
perfumeaddiction
perfumeaddiction

I received sample from a lovely Fragrantica member. I am sure I will be tarred and feathered for this but here goes - the perfume absolutely has a vintage feel to it. But it smells expensive even Niche in nature. It's not ordinary or very familiar but wait maybe it is? Yes yes I have it now. Here comes the harsh part - on me this perfume takes me back to going with my Grandmother to the hair salon and clouds of hairspray and older women getting their hair set and sprayed. That is what Mitsouko smells like to me. An senior hair salon a vintage hair spray odor. It's not offensive to me but it would not be something I care to smell like. This is purely the experience of the fragrance on my skin and does not reflect how the scent might be on you personally. I would also like to say that I am not sure if I have a vintage or a newer version decant. Anyhow this is about honesty and opinion so this is mine.

Jan
31
2014
piggyluv
piggyluv

I like to spray Mitsouko in my cleavage and stick my nose down the neckline of my shirt to inhale the simmering peach and spice goodness. True story.

Jan
30
2014
mossyoakpenn
mossyoakpenn

Mainly fruity...probably peach, with a slight undertone of oakmoss. I know there is a lot more to this but it doesn't get my attention.

Jan
30
2014
ClaudiaA1
ClaudiaA1

I have the EDT version of this fragrance and I think it is pretty harsh, at the beginning.

First few minutes: spices and cinnamon - smelled from the distance ( says my boyfriend ). Up close - mostly mossy, earthy, green notes - something I don't recall smelling before in any perfume. Took around 3 hours to settle down and then the peachy note emerged... ever so gently. It does remain overall mossy throughout the day and, for an EDT, it's impressive how long it lasts!

A friend compared it to old cologne forgoten on a dusty shelf and my boyfriend hates the way it smells. :-} Not a crowd pleasing fragrance, yay!

To me, it's very intriguing and it somehow brings up the image of a very classy lady.

Jan
28
2014
lanuitblanche
lanuitblanche

I had always liked Mitousko, and thought her strange but lovely, smoky, intriguing, luminous, and very beautiful… But it wasn’t until the fabled peach note suddenly bloomed on me for the first time, months after I started wearing her, that I found she is the olfactory equivalent of melted liquid gold, and I began to WORSHIP her.

Ladies and Gents, please try this chamelon in different seasons, moisture levels, heat and cold, in the mountains, by the lake, in a big concrete city, and different countries and continents, even! Somehow, you’ll find that golden peach, and when you do, you’ll understand why people fall under her spell and will never let her go.

Like StealthAngel’s incredible review below, Mitousko has never once smelled the same on me. In dry climates (I get incense), in a cold Spring fog (inky oak moss), on a hot day during Indian Summer (the peach in all its fairytale glory)… When my body is cold (woody), when I dance and my heart starts to pump the heat (honey and smoke), when I wear it to sleep in a warm bed (fragrant earth).

It really does change with your environment and your skin chemistry, from day to day. It melds to whatever is around you at that moment, and creates this… sultry, crazy, earthy, jewel-like song that you can HEAR and SEE and FEEL, as if she is inhabiting you, from deep within you. And a chameleon though she is, she is always, always recognizably Mitsouko.

Never have I been so intoxicated by a perfume, and felt that it was custom blended for me alone.

Jan
27
2014
Plrowden
Plrowden

This review is for the vintage, original formulation.

Jan
27
2014
Plrowden
Plrowden

OH Mitsouko, I am very happy we met, but you were rather a surprise! I was expecting to be transported on several journeys throughout your time with me. Alas, you burst upon me with a blast of pure cedar! What a surprise! I decided to give you time to take me to your floral stage and was anxiously awaiting the peach everyone raves about. Unfortunately for me, you must not have liked my chemistry, because although the harsh cedar opening did mellow a bit, it never really did transform to any other notes that I could detect. And, although I gave you hours to prove to me you had different characteristics, you kept them hidden from me. I am so sad and don't know if we can have a relationship at all. I will give. You a few more chances. Maybe it's the frigid weather?

Jan
27
2014
Inventress
Inventress

Mitsouko Parfum is sharp at first, heavy until the drydown, and melancholic and bitter throughout. It is like a full-bodied, dry peach Chardonnay. The scent is woody, earthy, and chilly, like a winter wind through taiga. The progression retains these qualities, but the peach, oakmoss, and vetiver combine with spices for warmth. The scent is a bit too dark for spring and summer, but will be complementary to the cold of winter and autumn, leaning more towards the latter. It is suitable for both day and night.

Once the parfum softens in the drydown, I feel very at home with this scent. It brings to mind the change of season between autumn and winter, when almost all of the red and gold leaves have been ripped off the branches by the biting wind and there's frost on the grass in the mornings. I feel like the parfum concentration Guerlains that I have tried so far are generally too heavy, and I will be looking forward to trying Mitsouko Eau de Parfum, as well as that of L'Heure Bleue. Actually, I can't wait.

Jan
26
2014
Arabian Knight
Arabian Knight

It's a hot summer's day in the garden, you can smell the green of the earth, the faint perfume of roses carried on the breeze and the dry, sweet-spicy tang of warm clean skin.

If you're looking for something that doesn't scream "I'm wearing perfume", but rather enhances your own natural scent in every possible direction, this is one of the best options available. A true classic.

Also has great longevity for an EDT and is completely unisex.

Jan
25
2014
Fragrantlife
Fragrantlife

So many things have been written about Mitsouko. I'll just add my two cents worth.

On my skin, it is very dry and earthy. There certainly is oak moss and a lot of it, but somehow it smells different from the usual Chypre. Again, it's the dryness. It's like scorched earth under an unrelenting sun. In the same way, the spices (clove is what I detect mostly) are bone dry. Then there is a tiny hint of peach peaking through, but not enough to soften the experience.

All in all, I find it somewhat harsh, with an ink on parchment type of smell. I do not get the mythical round peach notes. In that respect, Femme de Rochas is a more satisfying experience.

However, I was reading that the newest 2013 reformulation is much better and truer to the original than the previous iteration (which, sadly, I have). So maybe, I should give that one a try.

Update:

I dared and I tried again, this time not just on an exposed patch of arm skin. No, this time I sprayed liberally on my neck and wrists.

Wow. An epiphany! I am now a convert... I get the peach and the mossy roundness supported by cinnamon and vetiver. It is one of the most exquisite and perfect fragrances I've ever experienced. While vintage, it is not dated. It certainly has not a modicum of modern sweetness. Yet it is (and I can almost taste it) sweet... Despite its inky bitterness and its spices, and its woods.

As current tastes go, it is not a sexy perfume. I suspect few significant others will go lecherous over sniffing this. However, it feels like the perfume of a strong, confident, observant woman who will go and get the man she wants... When she wants. Because she knows who she is.

Jan
25
2014
StealthAngel
StealthAngel

Guerlain once described Mitsouko as "the smell of skin". I find that to be very true.
Everything seems very restrained, in Mitsouko, unapproachable, wrapped in layers of mystery so numerous and deep that you just know you'll never get to really know her, no matter how close you get.

For as long as I've worn this fragrance, it's never smelled the same on me twice. NEVER. Mitsouko will pick up on the slightest changes in your chemistry and play them up as part of its composition, the results are always artful and compelling.

This is definitely a statement fragrance... in reverse: Whereas most perfumes want to be noticed, Mitsouko plays on aloofness. She is not cold nor distant, she is just busy protecting myriads of emotions and will not put herself out there, so anyone wanting to get close better be ready to be real and not fuck around with pretense, walls or bullshit.

A strong example of her style is the peach note: in most perfumes, classic or contemporary, that contain a peach note, it is usually über juicy, super bright and sunny, bursting with flavor.
But in Mitsouko, the peach is smooth and velvety, its scent is more reminiscent of the texture and the feel of peach than the TV commercial happy squirting peach.

Same thing with the oak moss: It's not pungent or ultra green, it's deep, earthy and dark, it has a realness about it that ties the entire pyramid together and gives it its aura of mystery.

Every note in Mitsouko is about suggestion rather than outright declaration. As such, the fragrance gives off a "I'm here, not for your benefit, I just am" vibe, but not in an antisocial or bitchy way.
It's demure yet has such presence that she will be noticed in a crowd without doing anything to get noticed.

If she were a woman, she'd be the type who shows up at a crowded event, doesn't say a word, and after she leaves, everyone talks about everything she's said. Because the Mitsouko woman manages to be eloquent without needing to speak.
The perfume is the smell of genuine emotions, intimate thoughts and private moments, never disclosed but their traces are there, hinted and partially guessed, never ever exposed.

I think that's the incredible sexiness of Mitsouko: Think of a dress. Not cut up to here or down to there, it barely shows any skin. Maybe a flash of collarbone. It reveals nothing but questions about the satiny curves underneath.
... Now isn't that more appealing than the hot pink spandex clad tart covered from head to toe with 16 sprays of the latest olfactory insult?

Jan
21
2014
craftyminx
craftyminx

This was a favorite of mine, with its deep, mossy character, until I quit smoking. It just doesn't agree with my skin chemistry anymore. It's still lovely, but now the moss is all I get out of it. I don't get the wisp here and there of peach, or the spices.

Jan
18
2014
Henriette
Henriette

Why should I review Mitsouko? Aren't there millions of reviews already, all surely better than mine?
Well, my story with Mitsouko started long long ago. It started softly, not a burning passion like his brother Parure.

Never ever I found a day out of place when I wore Mitsouko. Mitsouko is perfect, always. Summer, winter, when you are happy, when you are in tears, when you love, when you hate, when you are with friends, with husband, with sons, all by yourself.

Then the reformulation came.
I wept.
How was it possible?
Like demolishing the Coliseum in Rome to make a car park.
Like burning down the Pyramids to build a drive thru.
Like turning to ashes Paris to have to a giant football stadium.
I wept, I truly wept.
I tried to persuade myself that the magic was not gone.

Years after, tears dried, I bought Mitsouko again. The magic is there. Like a beautiful lady who no wrinkles can ruin. Yes, no longer beautiful as she was when young, but a beauty nonetheless.
Remember Liz Taylor? Wasn't she beautiful as ever even in her last years?
And there's the perfume. There Mitsouko is preserved in all the beauty he (or she, never mind) used to fully, completely, thoroughly possess.
A drop is sufficient.
The magic is back.
Mitsouko lives.
Mitsouko loves.
Mitsouko, thank you.

Jan
16
2014
Jitterbug Perfume Lover
Jitterbug Perfume Lover

Guerlain Mitsouko EDT vintage
My girlfriend Jean, a bellydancer I’ve known for years, originally trained in traditional Japanese classical dance. She learned the art form from a master teacher, a woman in her late 80s who was a geisha in Japan. When I met Jean she had been training with this woman for over 10 years and was still considered a novice because the training is so intricate and detailed. Watching Jean dance was like watching a cloud float by; her movements were so subtle and delicate.

This fragrance reminds me of watching Jean dance. It’s soft, yielding, demure, and reticent. The powder is dominant on my skin. It’s there from the initial spray to the final dry down and it’s the focus of the composition. This is not simply baby powder, but softly perfumed powder in a lacquered box. The oakmoss, soft woods, light florals and soft peach are in the very distant background, in soft focus, as though I am looking at them through a thin cloud. They are almost imperceptible on my skin. They are there, but they are quiet and pastel.

I can certainly appreciate the artistry in this fragrance, just like I enjoyed watching Jean dance. She has mastered an art that I love to watch, but I could never dance that way myself; my body does not move that way. I am not as demure and reticent as she is. This fragrance is the same story for me. Although I love it, it simply does not suit me.

Jan
15
2014
brt
brt

Mitsouko EDP was one of the decant samples I treated myself to for Christmas and today I tried it for the first time. When I first sprayed it I thought, "Oh gee, this one is NOT going to be one of my favorites." Then I went out to run errands. The weather was sunny and cold and as the day wore on I found myself being seduced by this perfume. I don't think I've tried a fragrance that has as many layers and as much depth as this one. At different times today I've caught the scent of citrus, peach, new mown hay, rose, lilac, clove, cinnamon, and something that weaves all these together in a harmonic way while still letting each shine through on their own. No wonder it's been a classic for almost 100 years. I sprayed it about noon today and it's after 9:00 and I can still catch some of it's magic. So glad I tried it! Guerlain, you continue to intrigue me....

Jan
04
2014
VintageViolet_
VintageViolet_

Sorry Guerlain, this isn't for me. Today is the second time this year i've tried to wear this with enjoyment, but sadly, i just can't. It's far too powdery, moth-ball like.

It's definately worth trying, being such a well loved fragrance.

Jan
04
2014
guest_
guest_

I find Mitsouko cool, green, and intriguing. Really seems like something best worn at night. And, call me crazy, but the overall feel of it strikes me as rather unisex (which I really like) and mature. While it definitely smells like it's from another time, it doesn't smell bad or "old lady". I feel like it lives up to the hype, but perhaps not in the way(s) one might intially expect.

Dec
30
2014
pronose
pronose

another gem reformulated and destroyed by guerlain! shame on you!!!!!!! you can't fool us anymore!

Dec
29
2013
chittylafemme
chittylafemme

I really don't know what to say about it except that it does smell like a musty old mansion on me. A mothball essence. And then the rose peeks through, but I can still smell those mothballs, that old creaky hometown house, or perhaps the wooden cabin...and my grandmother is cutting up fruit. I can smell that from a basement far away. The mothball smell is too overpowering for me to even consider wearing out. I wanted to like it because of all the glowing reviews. Very intense, very unique, not for everybody and will not work well on some people's skin (as mine).

Edit: Drydown is extremely pleasant within the hours but that lingering mothball scent still remains..yet I am so intrigued that I may have to buy, First impressions can be tough on this one, but don't let that deter you. The drydown is unbeliveably gorgeous, with peaches and roses oh my!

Dec
27
2013
Giog
Giog

I thank my friends, because They recommended this scent to me and I'm a guy. Well, incredible success with the girls! And I feel myself very special. :-)

Dec
26
2013
Tapinview
Tapinview

I simply cannot separate my lifelong adoration of this sublime thing from my psyche enough to review it. It stopped me in my tracks decades ago, creating monogamy as my nighttime prowling perfume and irrevocably tied with everything I experienced in the times and tides of life. Mitsouko is simply an immortal masterpiece, a goddess as palpable as the earth and sun and moon.

Dec
24
2013
Red Theodora
Red Theodora

My mother was a lover of Guerlain fragrances, except for some reason, Shalimar. Mother's most favorites were L'Heure Bleue and Vol de Nuit, which I love too. When I entered my late teens I began to look for a Guerlain scent to call my own. I found Mitsouko! It's been true love ever since. These days I worry about my all-time favorite fragrance. My current bottle is pre-reformulation and is getting very low. I may only have another month or two of use in it. So now I must bite the bullet and try the new formulation. I am so afraid of what my old friend will be like without the oakmoss.

Dec
18
2013
karlovonamesti
karlovonamesti

Update review:

So I finally got around to re-trying Mitsouko, this time in an EDP, non-oakmoss, IFRA-compliant formula. My sample from prior was an earlier reformulation that still had oakmoss but had a "shinier" quality to its citrus, labdanum, and spice notes that made it harsh and grating. Today I tried the newer version, and guess what? I think it's gorgeous. What a difference a few adjustments make! It's definitely the same scent, but it's brighter, fresher, sweeter, and smoother. There's treemoss instead of oakmoss, a very dry, slightly sweet variant on the mossy theme, and here it works like a charm to strengthen the rosy peach effect in the heart. I smell the bergamot from the top note a lot longer in this version as well.

Weird that Guerlain went through a fallow period with reformulating Mitsouko. Judging from Monsieur Guerlain's blog, the reforms were not quite synced up correctly for a while, and then they brought Thierry Wasser in to figure out the moss problem, and bingo - the perfume is ready for the modern sophisticate. If I were to recommend Mitsouko EDP, I'd caution about trying the oakmoss formula before buying. I'd also suggest trying the treemoss-only formula to compare. Not saying one is technically better than the other, but your taste may swing closer to one version over the other.

Dec
15
2013
Mary-Jayne
Mary-Jayne

Having fallen hook line and sinker for L'Heure Bleue I decided to take a punt on Mitsouko.
To me the 2 are very similar except that Mitsouko lacks the beautiful elegant flowers of L'Heure Bleue - I adore the violet notes of L'HB.
I opted for the EDT of this, mainly for price and to compare.
Unlike many modern perfumes Mitsouko, like L'HB unravels like a story, this is by no means a linear fragrance or a straight journey from top notes to drydown. That means that you need patience when testing, to really appreciate what is happening as different notes come to the fore and others fade to the background.
In all honesty, the first 2 hours of this on me, while having some intrigue and mystery, some woods, a hint of smoke, a slight sweetness, then a powdery spice...mainly the first couple of hours what I smell most (within 6 inches of my skin) is....honey sandwich. That is, a white, store bought bread (maybe hovis or kingsmill), spread with a little margarine and a smidgen of honey. Not what I was expecting. I won't lie, from further than 6 inches I get the smoke, the woods, the hint of incense, the faint spices, a touch of sweetness and powder and pencil shavings. But up close this is most definitely a honey sandwich. Bizarre!
And then suddenly, after about 2 hours, the sandwich vanishes and I am left with the above notes. I would have imagined this would be a warm fragrance but it isn't, not to me. It envelopes you in its aroma, and very pleasant it is but it is definitely a cool smell to me - more distant woodfires on an autumn walk in the countryside than warm fireside. I also find that this reminds me somewhat of the day after a night of opium (the perfume not the drug!), despite opium being a very warm fragrance.
So to me this is the morning after Opium, when I have had a shower, it is L'Heure Bleue without the flowers, it is a slight honey sandwich...and yet the powder, the tantalising hint of wood smoke, the pencil shavings....they make the first 2 hours worth it and I find myself coming back for more.
I like this. I don't love it, but I will use my bottle. Whether I purchase again remains to be seen. I am going to try layering this with different shower gels, I have a feeling that a rich sandalwood shower gel or lotion may give this the depth that it hints at in its initial stages and that I crave and enjoy in the drydown, I may even try it with a little violet oil....this perfume is most certainly a journey and one I think I will enjoy.

Dec
14
2013
nbailey9
nbailey9

I first tested the EDT of Mitsouko. I loved the oakmoss and the powdery dry-down so much, but it didn't last on my skin for more than a few hours. Because of this, I ordered the EDP when I went to actually buy the fragrance. Be warned: they are two different animals! I do not agree with the description that the EDP is softer. It is definitely more complex, but it has a sour note that the EDT lacks, with almost a urine smell in the inital spray. The peach and spices are much stronger and it is not nearly as powdery as the EDT. I think the EDP will take a little getting used to, as it was not quite what I expected, but it is very beautiful, and I like how you can smell the fragrance unfolding as the hours pass. Do not use more than a spray or two of the EDP, as it is a sillage beast. This scent is great for a snowy day like today because it's earthy and woody, yet the peach gives a little sparkle to the otherwise brooding tone. I will wear this for both important meetings and chilly hikes.

Dec
10
2013
Mr.noise
Mr.noise

Mitsouko a fragrance only for women? I don't think so. This masterpiece could be wear also by a men. Pure love! 5/5

Dec
07
2013
Mirabele
Mirabele

The review is for EDT.

I was expecting some strange scent that I would need time to understand and need time to like. None of this happened. It was like coming home. It was like I knew it before.

I can see why there are so strong opinions about this one. I see why it is not for everyone. I can also understand why many people wouldn’t like it. I get that rubber/gasoline/motor oil/wet socks note too. Only this might be enough to scary anyone. luckily, i am not so bothered by that.

I really wanted to like it.

I am so glad it happened.

I also happen to almost love it.

This is totally different for anything I ever tested. This may not be exactly “me”, but this is part of “me” in some way, and I do not experience it often.

This is so comforting, so enveloping and protecting scent. I need this more than anything in my life right now.

It smells forest, wet trees, moss, pine needles and earth after rain. Cold autumn day and no sun. This may not sound good, but the forest is comforting and I am not alone, I am not cold, and I am protected. My secrets are safe with me and my forest and my troubles are far away and will be taken care of. I feel happy and i feel relaxed. This is exactly what I needed at this moment in my life.

This smells aristocratic, well-kept and vintage. Also, very old-fashioned. I love that. This is a scent from the past, scent from another era. i would say it is rather sad and melancholic, at least very seriuos. I wonder how vintage version would smell. There is no sweetness here at all, and I love that too. I do not see anything sexy or sensual here, not in the same way as many of today’s modern fragrances. This is just not about that. This is the kind of fragrance I imagine Jane Eyre would wear. Not that I think she would wear perfume, but this is how she would smell – after long walks in the woods and not caring what everybody may think about her long walks. This is for woman who doesn’t care about what others like or what matters to others. This woman cares about what she thinks herself. It is for a woman free spirited, with her own rules, very strong personality, not to please anybody, and not for everyone to understand and like. But if you do understand her, you see why she is special.

The longevity though is a huge problem. EDT doesn’t work for me. It lasts max one hour. It is really not enough.

Dec
03
2013
rockegg
rockegg

Many of you have written lovely, poetic descriptions of the effect this has on you and I will let your words stand on their own and not add to them. I do wonder why so many people like the tragic story and seem to think, "I want to smell tragic today." My emotional association is not tragic, it's sophisticated. I think of sparkling and intelligent conversation.

Mitsouko is a reminder of what perfume was and should be. Whether you like this or not (and I do) there was a time when people knew the difference between a fragrance produced by one of the great perfume houses and a cheap, trendy scent that lasted only a brief time on the skin. It's the difference between a Belgian chocolate and taffy. Does one seem "old lady" and one seem "young?" To me, one seems like high quality and one seems childish.

Mitsouko is high quality and sophisticated. A bottle will last you forever because you only need to apply a tiny amount and you don't need to keep spraying it on because it isn't mostly alcohol. I'm not completely against all drugstore scents, but young people should be aware that they're wasting a lot of money just to smell like the other girls in their school ... for about fifteen minutes. My guess is that nearly all the cost of a new fragrance goes into marketing and very, very little into the materials. With a perfume like Mitsouko you turn that upside down. The materials are of the highest quality and it is not heavily marketed.

Dec
02
2013
gabriel.villa
gabriel.villa

Mitsouko, the famous chypre by Guerlain. It is so opulent, so imposing and so astonishing... this perfume has the best characteristics that a good chypre must have and it's there where it is for 94 years now because it really deserves it.

People say Jacques Guerlain was inspired by the classic book "La Bataille" by Claude Farrère, in which the main character Mitsouko is married but she's actually in love with another man, and then both of them are sent to the Russo-Japanese War and she's got to wait and see who of them two would come to her in the end.

The curious thing about it is that the perfume transmits to me this feeling. You know, it's serious, it's sober, it's reserved, like Mitsouko might have been. I didn't read the book and I want to do that, but just hearing the story, it totally suits to me with the perfume itself. Jacques Guerlain won again.

Yet, this is a mysterious perfume. People also say Mitsouko in Japanese could mean "mystery". I'm not so sure about that, but the perfume is mysterious, indeed. It doens't show itself in its complete beauty to us in the first moments, and certainly not its sensuality. Again, like a woman waiting for her true love. She's sad, she's reserved but she's got love and passion inside. Brilliant!

Now we have to understand the time when it was created, the end of the First World War. We know there were shortages of many things and that's why probably Mitsouko has the same flacon of L'Heure Bleue. That one had been created before the war, still in the Belle Époque. Mitsouko was created after, when the world wanted to modernize itself, to enjoy their lives... they were alive, after all. And that's when the Roaring 20s began. Mitsouko had that serious tone, not poetic and romantic as L'Heure Bleue, and that desire of living, typical of that moment as I said, and typical of the passional Mitsouko, as I also said.

Now the opening of the fragrance is quite sharp, it's got bitter orange with jasmine and a little tiny bit of peach. That peach, as long as I know is an aldehyde. I'm not exactly sure about the name of the aldehyde right now, but it gives that bright sharp tone in the first moments in a peachy way. There is bergamot... and the peach is going to appear more and more, and when I don't wait for that, there's ylang-ylang. I think here the mix gets more interesting, because of the tone of the peach, so sweet and velvety and because of the richness of the ylang-ylang, always sexy and seductive. In the base there is lots of moss, and also amber, vetiver, spices such as cinnamon. Again, there is a bitter tone in the base, but it's sweet at the same time because of the other notes and its got warmth and depth because of the amber.

Mitsouko is a truly special perfume. And it makes me smell good for many, many time, it seems it will never fade in my skin. It projects very well too, but like many perfumes I like, it projects gently, it doesn't slap you twice in the face. It invites you with its sadness and its crazy sensuality. Try it, wearing Mitsouko is such a pleasent thing... a perfume like this deserves our attention.

And I totally see those Flappers in the 20s wearing Mitsouko. For sure I do!

Nov
24
2013
zayzay
zayzay

Mitsouko is a legendary perfume, and I wish I could love her, but I can't. Instead of an enchanted autumnal forest, I get a Gothic mansion, old and musty. I can smell a distant peach, but I can't find it. I can vaguely smell flowers, but they too have been snatched away and put under covers, where they lay dusty and dry. There is a smell of furniture wax and a fierce, overpowering smell of gnarled old oak. It's curiously dense and yet empty at the same time, if that makes sense!

Ah well, I'll try again some other time. Mitsouko was not at home to me today.

Nov
23
2013
westernlady
westernlady

Whether you love Mitsouko or not, you have to admit there is something intriguing about it.

It opens up to my nose with a bright, fresh green scent that has a touch of acridity to it. Since I have a fondness for anything with that makes me stop and study it, I was excited to see it develop further. I was initially expecting it to just settle into a light, fresh scent, but I was thrilled that it kept me guessing.

Soon after the top notes settle, a powdery rose emerges drenched in the warmth of spices. A hint of fruit stays with the roses, giving them a subtle sweetness. I feel like the other flowers play a minor supporting role, adding complexity and rounding off the sharp edges. The wood notes and amber add depth and warmth to the overall scent.

Mitsouko smells like a classy lady, beautiful but with a history. It definitely fits the story that accompanies it. I can see this easily being a great daily wear scent that could be used on a variety of occasions. After sampling this, Mitsouko is going to the top five on my soon-to-be purchased list.

Nov
16
2013
indorm
indorm

The spelling of the name confuses me - there isn't a 'tso' sound in Japanese. It should be 'Mitsuko'. But today I can almost forgive the French for using their phonics in a Japanese name. I didn't like this in warm weather: to me the opening smelled like salt, if salt had a smell. But on the first day of single digit temperatures this winter in Japan's Kanto area, it smells beautiful. I suddenly crave the spices in it. A warm, comforting fragrance for cold autumn/winter days.

Nov
12
2013
kismetdaisy
kismetdaisy

Love Mitsouko<3 and thank you to the generous fragrantican that sent me the samples.. This fragrance, it's one that actually deserves all the hype and praises it receives. I need another bottle...

Nov
07
2013
bond_girl1979
bond_girl1979

She weeps on the river, a small, willowy Japanese geisha girl, delicate and fragile...sensitive as a summer breeze...the willows they bend and sway over a cool, green river...a basket of ripe peaches nearby sitting on the stone bridge...the cool, soft wind rocks a one-man boat gently. All is quiet and soft and calm. Yet she weeps. Whilst watching her still reflection in the green river.

Mitsouko a soft, mossy, chypre fragrance full of soul and sombre reflection. The oakmoss, vetiver and bergamot are pronounced, as is the peach which remains prominent throughout development.

Nov
05
2013
Le_Coeur_Gothique
Le_Coeur_Gothique

What is the scent of melancholy? This bizarre child of some post-war Europe is staring at you with its beautiful slanted eyes and smiles wistfully. Noone is certain how it was baptized with that delicate and mellifluous name anymore. A name that steps in two different worlds. The one of mystery and the one of the morning light. A name that involves a British officer, a Japanese Fleet Admiral, a heart split in twain, a French writer and member of Académie française, an Austrian diplomat, the daughter of a Tokyo antique seller tycoon, and a small part of the world called Hellas... The journey begins...
In 1909, Claude Farrère wrote a novel under the title "La Bataille". It was about the forbidden love between the wife of Heihachiro Togo or Marquess Yorisaka and the naval liaison Commander Herbert Fergan. When both of them headed for the Battle of Tsushima she promised that she would spent the rest of her life with whoever would come back alive. Noone did... Love and duty were drown in the Korea Strait, leaving her a lonesome widow. Her name was Mitsouko...
On May 16th in 1892, Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi, descendant of a Byzantine family, married the tiny daughter of Aoyama family despite both families' opposition to that act. A few years later they moved to Europe. She never saw her country again... The had seven children. One of them, Richard Nikolaus Graf von Coudenhove-Kalergi, was one of the pioneers in the idea of a United Europe. This remarkable woman managed to learn French, German, Geography, History, Law and Economics in order to stand her ground in her new country. Her name was Mitsuko...
According to the fascinating stories which are many times woven about the christening of a fragrange, one of these two women gave her name to the myth. A name which, in its language of origin, means "Child of Light" and not "Mystery" as Jacques Guerlain would like us to believe. As for the "o" that turned it into "Mitsouko", it is simply the French pronunciation of the Japanese phoneme. But alas, although the name points to something cheerful, the perfume itself is one of the most melancholic scents I have ever sensed... Aloof, like the locked heart of a maiden who waits her dearest to return from a lengthy, perilous trip to some far-flung corner of the Earth... Want-clad, like the sad remains of a forlorn love, lost in the paths of time... A scent of unfulfilled promises and enslaved desires... There is an old Cretan folk song that says:

Everyone asks me "Why crying?".
But who do I annoy?
I came unwanted in this world
to make your hearts my toy...

I thik that it fits perfectly... Mitsouko is not the loud expression of a grief asking to be the centre of attention. It is the wise and silent agony for a world long gone. A certain story has it that L'Heure Bleue marked the beginning of World War One and Mitsouko its end. Like the symbols of a parenthesis that the world was hoping never to endure again. Mitsouko, despite closing this catastrophic parenthesis, is not an optimistic scent. Maybe because while looking back it saw the towering woes and looking frontwards saw the next war coming...
I do not know if you have ever had a feeling like this, but Mitsouko makes me yearn of someone I never met... It brings me memories of things I never lived...
I see a woman dressed in a mofuku kimono. Every dawn she walks with light steps to the wooden balcony of her house in Shirahama. There, she stands wreathed in morning dew and gazes the vast ocean...
I see Sergei Diaghilev, founder of the renowned Ballets Russes, to remind the stage workers not to forget to douse the tabs in Mitsouko, for the scent to fill the sybaritic hall of Theatre de Champs Elysees, every time the coryphées enter the stage...
I see the luminous Art Deco main hall of the "Normandie" where the passengers are swirling blithely to the tunes of the orchestra, while the magnificent ship floats her way on the frigid Atlantic...
I see Charlie Chaplin sitting ostracized and brooding in the lounge of Manoir de Ban, over Lake Geneva, staring without seeing at the bleak sky. Ostracized from a country which, a few years ago, worshipped him. And brooding... He who made everyone laugh... Everything around him reeks with Mitsouko, his favourite scent...
I see the audience in a live club located in Aix en Provence in the late 80's, pulsing with the sounds of a strange mixture of punk, rock, synth pop and jazz which the band on stage hands out generously. The name of the band is Les Rita Mitsouko...
And finally, I see a penniless painter in a musty attic in Paris during the Années Folles. He stands mesmerized by the window, trying to descry in the crowd his model who has just left. The lingering scent of Mitsouko caresses fondly the unfinished painting. The very same painting to which he confesses his love every night. The love he feels for her but never dared to speak out loud. Mitsouko solaces him and promises that it shall be with him as a reminder of her, untill the next time they meet...
I humbly apologize and ask for your understanding if this review is way too lengthy and borderline "delirium" but how many words are enough to describe a mythos?...

Nov
05
2013
Yiyiblue
Yiyiblue

Like Christianne1, this was an olfactory trip into the past, but for me it was not my grandmother, but my mother's friends (Mom was a L'air du Temps lady). Upon dabbing a few drops on my wrist of a vintage edp, I was transported back to age 10 or 11, at a dinner party in our big apartment. My "job" was to take the ladies' coats and furs and lay them gently on my parent's bed.

What they dont know is that I would always bury my face in the fur and soak up the luxury.

To me, Mitsouko will always be a well-dressed lady, luxurious, gracious and mannered, wearing in a fabulous fur and dark lipstick. I wear it when I want to be transported to a grander time.

Nov
04
2013
MsAmazing
MsAmazing

No other than the late Princess Diana wore Mitsouko on her wedding day. I always think of her when I perfume myself with this grand lady.

Oct
29
2013
AND-MAT
AND-MAT

Mitsouko is a great classic masterpiece. Weither you like it or not, there is something addicting in Mitsouko that always keeps you wanting for more. I am a 27 years old guy with a new found love for perfumes. I like to try new stuff, drifting away from the like of new perfumery and not affraid to smell "a la grandpa", a term, primarily used by people who are not brave enough to step outside their box and try new stuff, or, in perfume's case old masterpieces!

Mitsouko was a challenge. I didn't like it at first, but I just kept coming for more. I knew that there is more to this perfume than what i was getting. Japanese name, Mitsouko, I knew that... Then, it hit me. After roughly 1 hour I sniffed it again, and almost instantly I was in japan. I was looking at that beautiful japanese girl. It was like an anime scene. She had big green eyes and hair, her dress and hair were waving in the wind while cherry blossom petals floating around her. However she was sad... She was standing all alone like she was waiting for someone or something and I bet she is still waiting.

That scene is what I pictured Mitsouko, it gave me a whole new understanding to perfumes. And for that reason, Mitsouko is one of my favorite female fragrances of all time, it tells a story, with dramatic depth. Although the scent is overwhelmingly powerful at the begining, the finish is subtle, flowery and powdery. It's like the raging adolescent that turns into a wise and gentle grown up lady.

Oct
28
2013
supernal light
supernal light

I don't know why this is so popular - to me it smells of prawn crackers.

Oct
28
2013
an.jorePipip
an.jorePipip

I got Mitsouko EDP as birthday present, comparing to other Guerlain classics as Shalimar and Jicky, it less “lemon” note in it, and much woodier. Opening notes are strong, almost like masculine fragrance, but dry down something that I really like, it is kind of powdery lingering on and on for hours, even until next day on fabrics. Projection is moderate, but once you sniffing on it, you will want it more and more!

Oct
21
2013
peeck@charter.net
peeck@charter.net

I bought the EDP for my wife today for our 20th Anniversary. We both tried it on, she put one light spray on her wrist and I put a little on mine... I really cannot see how a guy could get away with wearing this! Too powdery floral for my taste for sure!

After this began to dry down "I understand"... I really get it why so many women are so poetic about this fragrance! It is a timeless MasterPeace. It is the epitome for feminism! Yes, it will speak to you... You may not like what it is saying, but you have to respect it never the less!

The hardest thing to get around, it just smells OLD... I don't know where I have smelled this before in my 42 years on this planet, but it brings up memories I didn't even know I had... THE PAST... Fuzzy mysterious flashbacks of old dusty Porcelain Dolls. Anyway that is my take. I don't know if I made a wise choice on purchasing this timeless fragrance for my wife to wear. I feel that I could get use to smelling it on her, even at some point to cherish a whiff of this Love/Hate Complexity of Mitsouko...

I understand that it is something that has to be appreciated over time "a personal relationship between her and this perfume" I hope she decides to make this journey!

Oct
19
2013
aliora
aliora

There's something peaceful about Mitsouko, and I completely adore the incense in this that I pick up. Unfortunately, the cloves are challenging to me during the dry down, and I feel like they make the composition a bit jarring. I like wearing this to sleep, and as others have pointed out, there's a meditative quality to it. I don't find it as difficult as a whole as some have described, but the fact that it's mostly dry and not particularly sweet tends to help when it comes to personal preferences.

Oct
13
2013
amelie
amelie

So soft and feminine to me, with a gourmet subtle fruity note. It's adorable, I think it smells on my skin exactly as it should, so quiet, yet powerful.
Indeed, it may be difficult if you don't like oakmoss, but I can hardly smell it, just enjoy this beautiful symphony.
Parfum d'une femme.

Oct
08
2013
atroposofnothing
atroposofnothing

As someone who came of age in a time and place where seemingly every adult woman wore Angel, I have never associated gourmands with sophistication or mystery. Therefore, while I adore Guerlains (and the unique distinction which comes with wearing them while most women around me are doused in bright pink scents), I've shied away from Mitsouko until now.
What a pity! Mitsouko, on me, is the olfactory equivalent of a floor-length satin gown in a room full of Little Black Dresses. It is smooth and elegant with a low but insistent pulse of flesh. The sweetness of spiced peach is barely discernible over the steady base of dry woods (Guerlains tend to go very soft and powdery with my chemistry), but an intimate saltiness pierces through both, while being so subtle that it registers an instant after the others. It is a sly, knowing smile of a fragrance, and I am enchanted.

Oct
06
2013
Sharyl
Sharyl

I haven't yet decided if Mitsouko and I are going to be friends. All I can smell is cinnamon, cinnamon and more cinnamon--not a smell I particularly like. Nobody else seems to have this issue, so it might just be me, and not her.

Sep
26
2013
ultracat
ultracat

I really wanted to like this, but I just don't. It smells like someone's grandmother. Not timeless to me at all. Dated and fussy.

Sep
26
2013
Museumgal
Museumgal

A bit sharp at the opening but then it dries down to a powdery, warm, almost smoky floral. Strong without being overwhelming. Definitely have to like oakmoss though as the note is very prominent all the way though.

Sep
26
2013
gishgamesh
gishgamesh

Mitsouko is not a love nor a hate for me, I'm really quite unsure about how I feel about it.

Simply put, it smells a bit like chicken flavoured packet instant noodles to me. I don't know why. :)

Not something I'm sure I want to smell like, but its uniqueness keeps drawing me back.

EDIT: over the past few weeks I've been catching phantom whiffs of this... in my imagination. I've also had cravings to keep smelling it. I've ordered a full bottle of the current edt, I think this will become a fave.

EDIT 2: Trying hard to love this scent.... I wish I had bought a smaller bottle. On certain days it's amazing, and on other days it makes me nauseous. I think the opening is deterrent but the dry down divine.

Sep
26
2013
Angel in the South
Angel in the South

I have been putting off writing a review on this perfume. How can you describe a masterpiece? I could just as easy write about the Mona Lisa. I am not articulate enough to be able to convey in mere words how beautiful this perfume is. I first met this lady back in the 1960`s so we know each other well. Sharp, distant, beautiful, very feminine and ultra classy. It is a classic perfume and has stood the test of time. Celebrity perfumes will come and go but Mitsouko will always be out there in the front row. Do not be afraid to try this one and it just may be everything that you have ever wanted in a perfume.

Sep
15
2013
born for shalimar
born for shalimar

Any suggestions of what I can layer this fragrance with to soften it and dilute the screechy citrus note.there was a suggestion in a review way back.musk. and rose maybe.it was a very good suggestion, help I'm looking but can't find

Sep
15
2013
diloretta
diloretta

I have it, and wear it, but it is hard for me to describe. It keeps people arround me confused. They ask what is that? Not necessarily in a good way. Kind of a "scary" fragrance. Don't know if I love it or hate it.

Sep
15
2013
sundessa
sundessa

Google translation for 馥郁尸香 post:
Almost missed Guerlain's Mitsouko! After a lapse of nine months , this perfume successful promotion for my heart good , almost equal to the status of my big shalimar. No, in my eye of the beholder now the mood is , Mitsouko has surpassed shalimar, become my heart perfume TOP 1!
Japanese woman with the suicide of the background story , any language can not describe the feeling of poignant Zhezhi perfume . Same as the oriental notes , shalimar taste more of the atmosphere with a sense of mystery, like its translation of "Arabian Nights" Opening archaic sour, in a gentle tone brought by the iris , sandalwood and patchouli incense stabilize the entire heavy feeling rich , seamless and full sense of rhythm , as if every Tamon once, found a different feeling , people want to go on endlessly explore .
And Mitsouko different . Opening there is rose and jasmine, by the tone of the spicy, amber, cinnamon contrast with , creating a powder with a sense of atmosphere Ling Lie . Japanese women like impression , do not lose gentleness hidden in a man's toughness, modesty subtle exterior is a fiery beating heart . Middle notes are patchouli unlike shalimar pressure field , Mitsouko 's in tune full of sweet flavor , like the story of love that awaits a woman . But perhaps the weather is too cold sake, wear perfume on my body than ever to take the sweet fragrant summer trial , but is simply expressed in tune out ! Then unexpected makes sense , Sipp tone appearance !
I feel this is a thoroughly Sipp tone charm . Sipp "cold " is not cool aquatic tones , but a totally coerced cold darkness came , flooding lingers in silence. Flowers occasionally surfaced , but like a pebble into a backwater , sparking a few ripples , but also to restore calm . As these men to see their families and children love coming Mitsouko, sadness , despair, Xinrusihui the words to describe what she does ? Suicide Mitsouko using it that way , hanged , or use samurai knife to open his own ? In my imagination , it must be in a setting sun , such as blood in the evening , stupefied every magic moment, wearing a white kimono Mitsouko, sitting on the tatami , quietly knife cut open the abdomen, like flowers in her blood body bloom. Tragic and terrifying Qi Yan , sunset gradually faded from the woman's corpse , thick intractable darkness .
Grew more and more outrageous, but Mitsouko Sipp tune exactly give me such a feeling. Because in playing computer , take the right-hand mouse cold temperatures still a little left , when I carefully went two wrist fragrant smell and found only Sipp reconcile the right hint of spicy feeling weak , while the left hand is warm and sweet flowers. Different parts of the same individual body piercing flavor is different , Guerlain family Zhezhi incense is really too picky ! In the end what kind of temperatures can be perfectly integrated Sipp and flowers too ! I am so fond of Mitsouko Sipp , do not want to wear a bit of a cold so cold it can be had this incense upper body . . . ? Sprinkle in the feet as well, unheated dormitory cold my feet all day never perceived it. . = . =
In short, but fortunately did not miss such a classic perfume , Mitsouko I have to collect a large bottle back ! That is the key !

Sep
14
2013
christianne1
christianne1

After reading so many reviews, I finally ordered a bottle of this and when I smelled it, it almost made me cry. This is obviously what my great grandmother wore but I had no idea. The second I sprayed it, I remembered the last time I hugged her. She has been gone a number of years and I haven't thought about that smell until I sprayed this tonight.

I don't really get this as a fragrance, I can only appreciate it as a memory. I never thought my great grandmother smelled good or bad, she just smelled like "mamaw"...she smelled like this. It isn't an unpleasant smell to me but I can't imagine seeking this out with all of the options on the market today. But it was well worth buying a bottle just to smell my mamaw again.

Sep
12
2013
Jillita
Jillita

On me it was like a gasoline infused perfume interrupted. I looked for some fruit or a woody heart, but found it was cloves and gas on top and some gesture of citrus and not much else. Disappointed, I tried and tried again -- to no avail. I had purchased an EDP sample. I am reminded of Balenciaga Prelude, but this Mitsouko sample, anyway, offers none of the richness and longevity and history uncorked.

Sep
11
2013
äppelpaj
äppelpaj

I sprayed it on in a hurry, and forgot if it was the edt or edp I tried. On my skin it was very harsh, and smelled heavily of cloves. It did not sit right. Perhaps I should try it on fabric instead.

Sep
11
2013
馥郁尸香
馥郁尸香

差点错过了Guerlain的Mitsouko!时隔九个月,这支香水成功晋级为我的心头好,地位直逼我大shalimar。不对,依我现在情人眼里出西施的心情来说,Mitsouko已经超越了shalimar,成为我心中的香水TOP 1!
配合那个自杀的日本女人的背景故事,任何语言都无法形容这支香水的凄美之感。同为东方调,shalimar的味道更多的是大气中带着神秘感,就像它的译名“一千零一夜”。开篇古旧的微酸,中调由鸢尾带来一丝温柔,檀木和广藿让整个香稳定富有厚重感,浑然一体又节奏感十足,仿佛每多闻一次,就发现了一种不一样的感觉,让人想要无穷无尽地探索下去。
而Mitsouko不同。开场就有玫瑰和茉莉,由基调的香辛、琥珀、肉桂烘托着,营造了一种带着脂粉气息的凌冽感。很像日本女人给人的印象,温柔中藏着不输于男人的韧性,矜持含蓄的外表下却是一颗火热跳动的心。中调不像shalimar有广藿压场,Mitsouko的中调全是甜美的味道,就像故事里那等待着爱情的女人一样。但也许是天气太冷的缘故,穿在我身上的香水不同于曾经夏天试香的冒甜,反而是中调根本表达不出来!然后意料之外情理之中,西普调出场!
我这次是彻彻底底感受到西普调的魅力了。西普的“冷”不是水生调的清凉,而是一种仿佛裹挟着黑暗而来的阴冷,驱不散的死寂。花香偶尔浮现,但就像投入一潭死水的小石子,激起了几个涟漪,又恢复沉静。这正像看到自己所爱的男人携妻带子而来的Mitsouko,悲伤,绝望,心如死灰,该用什么词语来形容她呢?自杀的Mitsouko用的是那种方式呢,上吊,还是用武士刀切开了自己?在我的想象中,一定是在一个残阳如血的傍晚,恍恍惚惚的逢魔时刻,身穿纯白和服的Mitsouko,坐在榻榻米上,安静地用刀划开腹部,鲜血如花朵般在她身上绽放。悲剧而恐怖的凄艳,夕阳渐渐从女人的尸体上褪去,浓重的化不开的黑暗降临。
越想越离谱了,可是Mitsouko的西普调正是给我这样的感觉。因为在玩电脑,拿鼠标的右手冰冷,左手还算有点温度,当我仔细去闻两个手腕上的香,发现右手只有西普调和一丝很弱的辛香感,而温暖的左手却是甜美的花香。同一个人不同体温的部位穿出的香味都不同,娇兰家的这支香真是太挑剔了!到底什么样的温度才能完美地融合西普和花香呢!我这么喜欢Mitsouko的西普,难道要在大冷天穿得少少的浑身冰冷才能把这支香上身么。。。?不如洒在脚上好了,没有暖气的宿舍整天冻得我脚都没知觉了。。=。=
总之,幸好没有错过这么经典的一支香水,Mitsouko我一定要收个大瓶回来!这才是重点!

Sep
06
2013
oldnose
oldnose

I have been wearing the EDP for a week now. However, on my skin, it just smells like harsh clove infused gasoline and never changes. If I spray it on a piece of fabric, it is so lovely and complex and has a soft drydown. I don't get any peach, powder or roses at all on my skin. I will try layering it with something to take the harsh edge off. I understand why it is so famous. Very unique!

Sep
04
2013
aschiffm
aschiffm

very nice but only for specific women who like these types of fragrances..(i do). very mossy/womanly/alluring, its pretty dark but not too dense at all. soon the powdery peach comes creeping in, it doesn't cover up or hide the foresty oakmoss at all, it just acts as a perfect compliment. its a complicated unique fragrance for woman who have confidence and aren't afraid of being the mysterious one in the room .

Sep
04
2013
canadianpetite
canadianpetite

To me it opens with oakmoss and bergamot. The oakmoss continues through the middle notes but mixed with spices. Base notes are oakmoss and florals. Love the oakmoss. Three ladies at work like this when they caught a whiff but one would not buy it as it is not her style. I have longed for this and now treasure my bottle but will probably not need to buy another as hubby does not like the scent (he has asked --without knowing which it is--- if I could give it away).

One spray on me,
Sillage: two feet for first hour
Longevity: 8 hours
Rating: 5/5

Sep
03
2013
kris919
kris919

edp sample from perfumed court. something in this singes my nose and makes me feel like I'm going to sneeze. besides that, it just doesn't smell good. so far I haven't found a guerlain that I can tolerate.

Sep
03
2013
ArtzGirl
ArtzGirl

This is fabulous! Truly, a work of art! The more that I sample this creation, the more I love it! Excellence in a bottle! Exquisite! Exceptional!

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This is my 2nd review - I love this fragrance so much that I feel that I need to shorten my responses a bit.

I'm writing this because I have had a chance to sample this more thoroughly and truly LOVE this fragrance.

Don't be mislead by the reviews on this.
Only YOUR chemistry can truly decide if this is something FOR YOU!
What I will say here, there is a spicy-green-mossy note in this fragrance that may go a bit sedimentary on the skin, if you are NOT able to wear this fragrance.

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Green fragrances:

Guerlain's Vetiver is outstanding also- if you love Mitsouko - then you should at least smell their Vetiver! It is a complete Aphrodisiac on the right chemistry! Scrumptious!

I've noticed this with other Green and Vetiver fragrances. Some people can wear green and vetiver fragrances so well that it comes across like a complete aphrodisiac, while others try this on their skin - and it goes almost into a green manure smell (yes, like horse poop). This is ALL ABOUT CHEMISTRY folks. You can either wear this well, or NOT! I can assure you, this is why some people really LOVE this fragrance, or NOT!

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This is a Classic, Ageless and Timeless - a TRUE WORK of ART!

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Some describe the notes in this as melancholic or "sad" fragrance - which, -- in my opinion-- it is not. It is just a more "serious" - "professional" - type scent.

I truly love the way that this wears. It is mysterious. It is the direct OPPOSITE of the cotton candy "everyone smell the same" - type fragrances. If you are drawn to THAT type of fragrance, then I can assure you... this is NOT going to be something that you will even come close to appreciating.

This is an acquired taste - like a fine wine - a merlot. You have to really love the flavor of it - or you must go through that breaking in phase, where you learn to love it over time.

This fragrance has an elegance to it. You may not be "the type" to be drawn to this. If not, there are thousands of other fragrances that will fall into "your type".

This is a special fragrance and should be worn by women who adore it. This is spicy with a GREEN note. If you love fragrances in this range, then you will probably love this one too! If this is NOT your thing, then at least - don't run this completely into the ground! It is GREAT STUFF with the right chemistry and with the right personality and essence!

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Sample it - and see if this is REALLY "Your Thing"! K? It's just THAT simple!

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At first, I stated that I would probably not be mature enough to wear this fragrance... I don't think that this requires "maturity" - so much as a sense of elegance - and you must be the type of person that is not afraid of wearing something that is mysterious - and professional.

This is classic, elegant, mysterious, serious, professional, and will definitely make an impression and statement of tastefulness.

I still think that the same person who would like Youth Dew by Estee Lauder or Eau du Soir - would like this for lighter days.

Aug
28
2013
SadieBluesLady
SadieBluesLady

I am very glad that mine will not be the only less than awestruck review of this scent!! I have a sample of vintage EDP and after having sniffed the vial several times, I decided that today was finally the test date. I did have a small amount of expectation, a faint hope of finally finding a Guerlain that would move me to the heights of appreciation that so many others on here seem to posess . . . but it didn't happen.

And it wasn't even so 'inglorious' as to cause me to really hate it or put it in the category of bug spray.

I wasn't sufficiently inspired to either love or to hate it. How sad for what is supposed to be such a laudable perfume for me to find it merely boring and uninteresting.

Aug
28
2013
bluebellinthewoods
bluebellinthewoods

So completely beautiful and complex in dry down that I cannot wear it. Seriously I would be arrested for sniffing myself in public. Everyone should try this at least once in their life.

Aug
23
2013
appyfaerie
appyfaerie

I have never loved a perfume the way I love Guerlain's Mitsouko. This is as close as I get to having a "signature" fragrance. Both my husband and best friend tell me that it actually smells like my natural body chemistry. In essence, it is like a "bottle of me" and I have literally forbid anyone else I know from wearing it. I am not even that protective of the personal fragrances I had blended for me in New Orleans! As much as I love a small handful of perfumes, I cannot imagine ever replacing this particular fragrance with any of them.

Aug
11
2013
Caramelle
Caramelle

Mitsouko, mon amour...I love you so much!
It wasn't love at first sniff,though.I kept sampling the Eau de Toilette in a department store and wrinkling my nose at the old-fashioned mossy drydown every time.I wanted to know the secret behind this perfume and couldn't accept that it was hidden for me even though I loved most old Guerlains.
Once my daughter, then 10 years old, said she liked it on my wrist,so it didn't seem to smell bad at least.

A few years later,a very dear perfume friend from Japan who thought it was the best perfume ever sent me a sample of the parfum.I put it on and could not believe it: suddenly I got everything; the aromatic,fresh opening,
the beautiful, fuzzy peach note, the sexy deep,mossy drydown.
I was hooked ever since and won't ever be without it.

Aug
06
2013
temporalgrace
temporalgrace

Mitsouko truly is a classic. It opens with a generous dose of spices (savory spices, not the sort you would want in a coffee cake) and oakmoss, with just a hint of lilac and peach underneath. As it dries, the peach comes out more, but there's still a quality that reminds me a bit of uncooked whole-wheat-and-spinach spaghetti. As it dries, a sweet powderiness slowly asserts itself; baby powder, almost. The lightest touch of this is all I need. Mitsouko is a special lady, and one day I hope to grow into her. Right now, she is more than I can hope to understand. I may pass my sample on to my grandmother, who is certainly old enough to love this scent as much as it deserves to be loved.

Aug
04
2013
ThatMakesScents
ThatMakesScents

The pure parfum is WAY better .


EDIT:

8/18/2013

Just tried the parfum extrait today at SAKS and it seems rather thin compared to the last time I tried it. It starts richer and deeper than the EDP but never stays in place. It becomes rather light and airy. Less peach and a tad bit more masculine but IMO the EDP will suffice if you can get passed the screechy top notes of the EDP.

No Thanks for the $328 + tax parfum.

Aug
03
2013
karlovonamesti
karlovonamesti

I'm afraid I can't be as poetic about Mitsouko as many of the others are here on Fragrantica. The following review is for the EDP:

Mitsouko gives me a new appreciation for Chanel's 31 Rue Cambon. While I have reservations about that false chypre, at least it smells really nice from the beginning, and fades into something pleasant, albeit uninspired (and a bit flat). Mitsy, on the other hand, smells rough on top, and doesn't get a heckuva whole lot better in drydown time. I'm not going to mince words here - the bergamot is smothered by some spicy-mossy aroma chemical that smells like wall lacquer, and guess what? I don't like the smell of wet paint.

Eventually the undecalactone kicks in, along with labdanum, and while it certainly creates a somewhat fruity accord, it's awfully synthetic. Kind of a beigy-pink blah, accented occasionally with a little extra kick whenever the bergamot reactivates by body heat. Some rose and ylang sweeten the far drydown, but I'm not impressed. Also, is that a smidgen of the familiar Biolandes iris molecule I detect as Mitsy's iris note? This is definitely one of the more recent formulations. This simply does not smell very good. And I'm a guy who loves chypres. Given the choice between this, Grey Flannel, or 31 Rue Cambon, I'll take the Flannel, but if you pare the options down to two and keep Beene's boy out of it, 31 is hands down a better option, at least for me. And it's not even a real chypre. Go figure.

Maybe I'll have better luck with the EDT or the pure parfum.

Aug
03
2013
alicey
alicey

This is such a hauntingly beautiful scent... I cannot find the words to describe the majestic quality of Mitsouko, but I'll try. All of the elements are perfectly blended together in a very smooth orchestration. Mitsouko is like romantic music. She is very deep, considered and sombre. As a result, the elements that compose Mitsouko are fleeting if you're trying too hard to find them; sometimes you might catch the faint whisper of summertime peaches, other times you detect an exciting spiciness. This perfume is the perfect balance of opposites... cool yet warm, dry but juicy, austere and creamy. It took me a few days to finally appreciate Mitsouko, and I'm glad that I took the time with her.

To put it poetically, Mitsouko is like carrying a well-kept and cherished secret. Perhaps you have the perfect spouse but secretly long for a passionate lover of the past... Perhaps underneath the perfectly tailored skirt suit and silk scarf, you're wearing a treasured and tarnished locket that just happens to be a family heirloom... Perhaps beneath that perfectly practiced ladylike composure, you carry desires that threaten to set the world on fire.

I don't care much for the EdT. The EdP is a great every day perfume. The Parfum is very intense, heavy, and elegant, and stays close to the skin. It is more suitable for formal or very intimate occasions.

Jul
28
2013
merlin1999
merlin1999

Got the edp in the gold box. A whisper of dry peach, then just pungent oak moss and damp cloves. A faint fecal smell after about 4 hours, mixed with old lemon peel and rotting leaves. I usually like chypres, but on my skin this is a very severe and forbidding lady who is seriously disappointed in me!!!

Jul
28
2013
esmerelda69
esmerelda69

I am a total amateur when it comes to perfume, at middle age I have had many perfumes. Then last year I bought Mitsouko EDP, oh my goodness I am in heaven! Cannot stop sniffing my wrist and want to drown myself in it.
This is the perfume of perfumes for me, it's like eating something delicious.I love the way it unfolds as the day wears on.
The peach is so juicy yet subtle and combined with that incense like background it is sublime.
A keeper.

Jul
25
2013
Finisterle
Finisterle

The current edt starts as bubble gum & soapy bath uplifted with the Guerlinade sparkle. The childish impression quickly subsides and makes room for parchment and fruit inside an antiquarians's shop.

And then it's just gone...only occasionally giving off some of that initial not all too pleasant bubble gum...what a let down.

Even at its very brief best the current Mitsouko edt isn't worth half of what it costs. Just another legend destroyed with cheapness I guess. Because I refuse to believe that my bottle smells like Mitsouko should.

Jul
24
2013
siauseque
siauseque

Alas but this dear fragrance separates the women from the girls. I am still a girl it seems, wanting florals, beaches and fruits. When I grow up...

Jul
20
2013
nyoka
nyoka

I love this fume! To ME, This is a gourmand scent mixed with ingredients that only magnify that. It begins with a blast of peaches, seasoned with cinnamon and spices where the juices r running down ur chin while u r sitting on a bed of mosses under a giant leaf filled tree, in a quiet, magnificent forest! After a length of time, you get up to wander to the valley Where u r greeted by happy, beautiful lilac bushes. Jasmine vines filled with sweet nectar intice u forward as they dangle from the trees. U follow the inviting scents deeper into the valet to find a gorge filled with wonderful pink rose bushes, that r in full bloom. U sit to rest and enjoy the scents and realize u r hungry again! U reach into ur warm, soft, jacket pocket to discover u have an orange. AS u savor it, all the things u have smelled that day, seem to converge into one soft, beautiful memory!

Jul
20
2013
nadeschka
nadeschka

Mitsouko is the Andante con moto of Franz Schubert's piano trio op. 100!

Jul
19
2013
citadel
citadel

My sister gave this to me when I was sixteen for Christmas, but I was way too young to appreciate it. However, at least I had the foresight not to trash it like I did so flippantly with other "too mature" gifts I received as a dumb teen.

I went back to my parent's house and found it in my dresser twelve years later, and I can finally appreciate it. The initial blast is still a little intense--it's strongly dry and needs a few minutes to settle on the skin. When it does...well, I don't believe I can explain it better than some of the other folks here. It conjures images of an old autumn forest in the last few moments before sunset. Slender golden rays peak through the leaves, illuminating pools of moss and tiny woodland flowers.

For me, this scent is deeply personal. It's a diary, not a best-seller, or a satin and lace nightgown instead of a party dress. It's intensely feminine and classic.

EDIT: I wore this yesterday and when my SO picked me up, he remarked on how "clean" I smelled. Never would have pegged it for a "clean" scent, but there you go.

Jul
15
2013
Whit
Whit

My review is below as I got logged out and had to log back in. Dang it!

Jul
10
2013
guest_
guest_

I had ordered a sample of this because seeing it mentioned on the forums piqued my curiosity. When I looked up the note listing, it sounded like something right up my alley, but still, I wasn't sure if I would like it.

Then my sample arrived. Oh boy! I tore open the package and doused my wrist. I sniffed and thought "Uh-oh! Gee, what is all the fuss about??" So I let it settle and re-sniffed, and then did I realize what the fuss was about. Mitsouko is a truly beautiful earthy, mossy, woodsy fragrance! It's a strange perfume but a lovely one nonetheless that has superb longevity combined with moderate sillage.

In the forums, there are often topics concerning what perfumes remind you of your region and I think I could include this one as reminding me of the mountains of East Tennessee. I say this because I had some leftover Mitsouko on me when I went mountain biking the other day. As my pores opened up from the sweating, I could smell wafts of Mitsouko coming from the insides of my elbows and I thought "This smells exactly like my surroundings!" Mossy and woodsy with a little wetness, it strongly reminds me of my favorite mountain bike/running trails along with the beautiful foliage of the Appalachian Mountains.

Jul
10
2013
LuizaNasta
LuizaNasta

I am experiencing the most beautiful love affair with Mitsouko, truly connected spiritually and emotionally... something I have never experienced with any other fragrance. I have finally found my perfume soulmate.

Being a perfume lover for some 20 years now, I am embarrassed to say that before joining Fragrantica, I had never even heard of this fragrance! I had been searching for a chypre to add to my collection for some time, so the main attraction were the notes, but of course the beautiful name and story played a part in it too (not to mention the gorgeous bottle design). I had read many reviews prior to purchasing, and the more I read, the more intrigued I became, until finally, I just couldn't resist anymore.

Mitsouko was a blind buy (my very first), and am I glad I took the risk. Within a week it became my top favorite. In only 3 months, Mitsouko had turned my perfume world upsidedown. It was a real nose-opener. The only fragrance that has the ability to teleport you back in time. Woody, earthy, spicy, warm and human. It is unlike anything I have ever smelled; mysterious, complex, unique, intellectual, introspective, contemplative, worldly, alluring and enchanting.
I am still discovering this muse of a fragrance... it changes a little with each wear. Mitsouko allows me to express myself, not with words, but with silence.
It is the scent of age and wisdom......... hauntingly beautiful.

Outstanding multidimensional work of art.
A true masterpiece from the house of Guerlain.

Jul
09
2013
jana.hullinghorst
jana.hullinghorst

just finished taking a cool shower on a hot rainy july night in the city, put on the lightest of nightgowns and a little mitsouko, windows open, listening to the rain, basking in the lamplight, this must be what the 1920s were like.

Jul
08
2013
monkey do
monkey do

Subtly alarming yet strangely comfortable, a Juice which made me reconsider the idea of perfume...

Whenever I feel uncertain about a perfume, but have to come back again and again, I know I must seriously study its value.

Mitsouko has majestic qualities. Sometimes it has "everything", sometimes I almost cannot wear it. But I must love and respect it for what it is: unique...

Always in my wardrobe!

Jul
02
2013
boruvka44
boruvka44

Mitsouko (EDP) is so strange, almost non-perfumery, natural and refreshing, delightful (and still a little bit odd at the same time, very SPECIFIC) like teleport to Art Deco.
Oakmoss with vetiver and lemon skin (smells like lemon grass)
Woodsy green, like fresh peeled bark from a young twig; zesty and herbal bitter with rounding and warming powder note, touch of cloves and a hint of dry peach.
The ylang L´Heure Bleue note is noticable, but not as the main theme here.
I also get the smells of a first aid kit full of plasters my grandma used to have, namely the medical-glue combination (that is noticable in L'Heure Bleue, Aprés L´Ondée, Jicky, Vol de Nuit etc)
The scent magnetizes me. It´s so unusual with its dry moldy, tart incisive aromatic strangeness. Raw nature. Mysterious.
It sure lacks any trace of ostentation. Beautiful.
I also like the house shaped flacon.
Is it true that it was Charlie´s Chaplin signature??

edit:
EDT is very nice, dry, slightly more citrusy, with less psices and still decent lasting power.
The pure perfume (on my skin) is smoother, more similar to L´Heure Bleue (the vintage vibe), but not as significant as EDP and it probably requires humid weather.
For some reason Guerlain´s pure perfumes don´t have the same good longevity and sillage as EDP versions on my skin (which i prefer, of all i have tried of their production) - for me it´s citrusy sparkling EDP.

Jul
01
2013
sophia.mo.8
sophia.mo.8

I've tried to 'get' it but this is one classic I cannot understand. To me, it smells like alcohol, citrus and tobacco - on both the tester and my skin.

Jun
19
2013
Fragaria
Fragaria

meama! What a JOY it was to read your....review? or just a statement? I loved it and laughed right out loud. I also understand it completely. The best in only a few words!

Jun
15
2013
laantjebanaantje
laantjebanaantje

Mitsouko smells like rays of sunlight shining through golden autumn leaves on a mossy forest floor.

Jun
15
2013
Miss.Ursula
Miss.Ursula

I needed some time to fall in love with this one! But now, I love it sooo much! Sexy, powerful. One smells so classy and chic with this one! Not the typical perfume. Love it!

Jun
13
2013
samer007
samer007

L'heure bleue has the reputation for being a melancholic perfume, but i believe Mitsouko is.
dark, damp, wet, musty, mossy. no sweetness in sight here. the peach is the most abstract, unsweet poisonous peach ever! and for that reason Mitsouko is not easy to love, because it's so cold and severe. but i love these attributes, and one day i will wear this glamorous austere beauty. Mitsouko is a moss covered forest floor, with moist woods and a poisonous peach tree in the distance:)
5-stars.

Jun
12
2013
ktyhan
ktyhan

second review on the edp: it is probably the longest lasting perfume i ever smelled - two sprays on my bed sheet... and the divine smell stayed there like forever... i'm totally falling... for the decent quality and the story behind it..... Hats off to you, my Mitsouko lady!

Jun
10
2013
daleythorn
daleythorn

Classic quality - beautiful, glamorous, complex. Masterpiece is a word that gets overused and has become redundant in today's world; however, to my mind, this fragrance should stand with any masterpiece of any other medium. Mitsouko invokes the feel of a long satin gown punctuated by a sensual open back. As this perfume dries down, it always seems to whisper secrets, delicious secrets that make your heart quiver. That is how it makes me feel. There is so much wonderful perfumery out there and yet, after Mitsouko, so many other perfumes seem powerless...To me it is like the feeling of one true love, that can never be matched again....

May
31
2013
flowers-in-the-springtime
flowers-in-the-springtime

It has taken a very long time for me to fall in love with this exquisite timeless beauty but my goodness I have fallen hard.
Mitsouko opens with a pungent sharp smell of oakmoss and wood and I can detect aldehydes which add to its rather unpleasant initial fragrance. There is no way to dress this down, the opening of this fragrance is dreadful, however please wait as you are about to go on the most amazing olfactory journey of your life, which will leave you speechless and enraptured.
As it settles, the aldehydes fade fairly quickly and I can detect a sweet powdery note along with a mix of beautiful florals. I am not great at isolating individual notes but I can say that this fume is now sweet in a rather masculine way and my husband even agreed that it could be male or female.
As the hours passed I was transported away to a place of immaculate sweet beauty, a Japanese garden of sweet blooms and 1000 year old Bonsai trees.
The drydown is everlasting and is divinely elegant, this fragrance did not make me feel sad at all, it made me feel beautiful and timeless and I cannot stop smelling my wrist.
I am hooked, I am there and I am so glad that I eventually fell head over heels in love with this beauty.
I am wearing the EDT which has great longevity on me and a soft and gentle silage.
All perfume lovers should have a bottle of this magical juice in their collection for those occasions where one wants to be beautiful and enigmatic.

May
26
2013
ArtzGirl
ArtzGirl

Wow... NO WONDER I LOVE this fragrance!!! I just read the write - up of this at the top of the page - and this was developed at the END OF THE WAR!!! Ok, now I know the significance of this for me - and why my soul feels so drawn to this!!!

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This fragrance is "Ageless and Timeless" - a true CLASSIC!
I agree with some of the other reviews, this is definitely an "acquired taste" - and it has an aroma that really draws me in.

This is probably the same type of acquired taste that it takes to become familiar with drinking darker wines, at first it may be something that you are not quite sure about- but over time, you grow into the depth of the darker wines such as Merlot and the darker Burgundy's.

The fragrance has a depth of mystery to it, almost a hauntingly gorgeous quality about it that totally separates itself from a number of fragrances that the masses typically gravitate towards. This is unique... very different than the norm - and quite sophisticated/upper class.

This is a lower register alto/tenor... and it is a full bodied chord. This registers as a very "serious" scent. The emotions that come to mind as I smell this on my skin - are stable, grounded, business-like, professional, successful, earthy, sexy... but in a classic/elegant way, and upper market (a British friend uses this term to explain that something is upper end, refined, sophisticated, exclusive). I feel that this fragrance could easily be translated into a unisex fragrance. It has the depth to be worn by a man and to be completely believable as a man's cologne.

The chord is in the same ball park with Coco Chanel's original Coco, Eau du Soir, Knowing by Estee Lauder, First, Timeless by Avon, Fendi, Youth Dew. As a matter of fact, this fragrance chord is strikingly similar to the notes in Youth Dew by Estee Lauder.

This is outstanding... a true work of art. A masterpiece. I love this. I will look forward to seeing how this dries down over a period of the next 8 hours.

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I'm sampling this now and wish that I had ordered a larger sample size! This is truly AWESOME and Amazing!!! I truly love fragrances and this is registering as a true "find" -- a hidden treasure waiting to be explored! Love this!

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Morning After Test:
This is still ON... and very alluring at this stage. The fragrance held true to form the entire way through the process. This is basically the same scent that was first sprayed, which is rare on me. Normally fragrances transition two, three, four or more times on my skin - before there is a final dry down.

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The Final Verdict:
This fragrance is gorgeous. A true MASTERPIECE! I love it, but feel that it would be more of a fall/winter fragrance due to its depth. I also feel that this is a very elegant fragrance that should be worn in the evenings when you are dressed up more - and my current lifestyle in Southern CA is not matching that. This is mature. If I were a real estate executive, I would buy this in a heart beat... but it is a little bit too grown up for me now. This will be something for me to grow into, just like I feel about Coco Chanel (the original blend) and Eau du Soir. I love the smell of this, but don't feel that I have reached the maturity level to wear them yet.

If I were running for President of the United States, this would definitely be one of the fragrances that I would consider wearing to black tie events. It is THAT much of a fragrance. It ooooooozes confidence, success, and stability.

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Youth Dew and Mitsouko - very similar range...

I did a side by side comparison of Youth Dew and Mitsouko - and they are amazingly similar with the first 15 or so minutes of the spraying. They start to separate in the ways that they set up on the skin - about an hour or so into the wear... but are pretty true to form the first hour.

On my chemistry (which I will admit, is pretty fickle - and difficult) Youth Dew wore a little bit more chemical, spicy, and slightly "brighter" - while Mitsouko was setting up on the skin to be a bit more earthy (with hints of oak moss... or a slight woodsy smell) - and even had a slight sediment type smell to it - as it lingered on the skin a bit longer.

These two fragrances could almost be used as a combo to create a strong "signature scent duo" - to create a unique signature scent. You could wear Youth Dew on days that you wanted a more professional and crisper air - and you could wear Mitsouko for events when you are wanting to be a bit more "down to earth", warm, and earthy... I could see this being very good for an outdoor event - or for days when you want to blend in a bit more, rather than leaping out.

If I had to choose between Youth Dew and Mitsouko, I would choose Mitsouko first because I feel that it can be worn year-round, whereas Youth Dew has a depth where it would be best in Autumn/Winter - or Evening. I would add Youth Dew to the mix, if I were totally in love with these spicy fragrance notes.

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If you really like Mitsouko - then I recommend that you also try Kenzo's L'Elephant... because they are both in the warm spicy range. You will also want to try Youth Dew, most definitely! They are very similar... but still different enough to enjoy both - for their own reasons.

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This is fabulous! Truly, a work of art! The more that I sample this creation, the more I love it! Excellence in a bottle! Exquisite! Exceptional!

May
26
2013
madhurimadhara
madhurimadhara

I would like to start with a disclaimer for every other perfume loving soul out there. In my humble opinion, Mitsouko is not for the uninitiated. It’s almost like a peek into another dimension, a spiritual insight.

My love affair with this bottled mystery started with a serendipitous run-in at a local perfume shop. The lady who runs the shop had been watching me trudge along the shelves storing some older Guerlain and Chanel. She advised me to try Mitsouko (EDP). At first blast, I was mystified, almost numb! I tried hard to decipher its notes and understand its subtle hints but like most classic mystery novels its enigma remained obscured to me. Luckily I convinced the lady in the shop and came home with a sample of Mitsouko. On subsequent trials I fell in love with Mitsouko and I fell hard. Mitsouko is an olfactory exercise of patience and introspection. I learned to appreciate its warm spicy peach skin, its mossy-woody drydown. The more I delved into it, the more depth remained veiled.

Mitsouko is a multicoloured mural of woods in a sunny autumn day, when they midday sun warms up the mossy undergrowth and the last vestiges of morning dew slowly dry down.

My next tryst was with the Mitsouko Parfum concentrate. if the EDP is luminous, the parfum is much more voluptuous. I swear, I saw colours! Mitsouko makes me feel as if I am floating in air and at the same time is much grounded. It’s like forgetting myself while listening to Ravi Shankar's Bairagi Tori. In fact Raviji's golden sitar and Mitsouko is all I need for a quiet reflection and retrospection.

In older advertisement of Mitsouko, Guerlain asked a simple question: "Are you her type?" I am so lucky to be her type!

May
22
2013
mister_chaz
mister_chaz

I'm wearing my EDP today (current formulation) mainly because it's my day-off and I'm staying at home. I haven't worn this fragrance in a long time, mostly because it's so difficult to find the right occasion.

Mitsouko opens strong with oily oak moss, very green and earthy. I don't like the opening much, but then it transforms into softer powdery-woody floral, less oak moss and a whisper of peach.

It is an old-fashioned scent and I wouldn't be surprised if people start mentioning moth balls and old drawers... but putting prejudice aside, this is a beautiful scent, in its own way. I like its solemn and nostalgic aura, it is truly unique. Also, it's the kind of perfume where less is more: you learn to appreciate it in small dosage.

May
21
2013
Pooja37
Pooja37

As I write this review for Mitsouko EDP, there is a sense of reverence with a touch of awe, the kind a child has when he notices something splendid for the first time. We’ve always known that the sense of smell activates cerebral matter on a scale, incomparable to the other four senses. A fragrance can take you through your mind's eyes and beyond the quantum fields of time and space... almost like a time machine that lands you in a place where all your other senses get activated. Mitsouko does this for me... takes me on a journey.

She is a complex muse who allows my mind to travel to far reaching edges, wherever she chooses to take me, on a whim, on a breeze, on any given day. Mitsouko is not just another fragrance, she is a masterpiece, layered in complex waves, the same way a canoe ride through an underground cavern, where sunlight plays hide and seek with you, does, as you navigate the subterranean waterways, or like a solitary walk through a damp cedar forest, high up in the hills evokes sights and smells which take you to different places in your mind.

There is beauty here that walks hand in hand with melancholy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not usually wierd like this, well, apart from the fact that I write books for a living. And, as you must already know, a writer’s working life, is in most part, one of solitary reverie, lived in islands of isolation. That’s changed for me now, through what I consider, a marvellous mystic intervention. Mitsouko has slowly befriended me, become my constant companion in my self-created bubble of creativity.

If this sounds strange to you, for what is apparently supposed to be a review of yet another perfume in the bustling marketplace, and all you really wanted to know was, what base notes, mid notes and top notes this perfume carries, well...what can I say... please read hundreds of reviews that precede this one.

Because I cannot categorize her as yet another fragrant bauble or trophy in my possession. Mitsouko is an entity and brings out the lyricist and poet in me. While I can’t promise she will do the same for you, I can tell you this, if you allow her, give her some time, she will take you on a timeless journey, one that casts a spell of enchantment, of your own making.

May
21
2013
cumulnimbus
cumulnimbus

Just absolute perfection. Love it all way. Complex, intelligent and so beautiful. I need it.

May
17
2013
Kysyona
Kysyona

Oh no, this sent me heaving and gagging: I have sprayed this with a hopeful heart (and nose) and almost had my breakfast pop up and say hello! I have read through a number of components' lists for Mitsouko, but so far I am not even close to figuring out what exactly creates this "old mouldy nut" note that hits me like a train. I love every single ingredient ( from those that allegedly form the composition) on its own, especially peach! - how I can find this scent revolting is a mystery of all mysteries to me. It was so bad that i don't ever want to even try again, unless it's a vintage ( which usually is a synonym for "much better" to me, perfume-wise ). The bottle is superb, the history is thought-evoking ... What can I say: no love lost between me and Mitsouko, which is still a plus for all its lovers: one person less wearing a perfume - more space to smell original for those who do.:)

May
14
2013
laantjebanaantje
laantjebanaantje

My problems with longevity with Mitsouko EDT are not a fault of the perfume itself, but of my nose.
To test longevity I usually spray two different perfumes on each hand. That way my nose can't get accustomed to either of those. I was able to smell Mitsouko almost 6 hours after application.
I also sprayed my hand today and I could smell it even after I had done the dishes, so it has great tenacity.
My boyfriend said he couldn't smell it even directly after application, but that might be because he is used to me wearing heavy hitters like Alien that make his entire room "smell of me" when sprayed.
Mitsouko EDT is soft and close to the skin, but it stays. For a long time.

May
11
2013
meama
meama

32)I want this perfume by injection into the skin and sweat it for life.
It is when we smell that kind of thing that we understand we cross the border that separates the product of the work of art.

May
08
2013
laantjebanaantje
laantjebanaantje

I never liked Mitsouko. Wairy of classic perfumes as I used to be I only ever tested it on a scent card. It was sharp, harsh and nothing I would want to spray on my skin. I don't like peach in perfume (I loathe Trésor by Lancôme with a passion) and I'm not used to the scent of oakmoss at all, so I concluded this fragrance was nothing for me at all.
Yesterday though at the departement store I decided to try Mitsouko EDT on skin in the end. I've gotting braver appearantly.
On my skin, Mitsouko bloomed. The opening was surprisingly soft and pleasant, but the real revelation happened sometime later when I was shopping for clothes in that same departement store. Trying on different clothes and waving my arm through the air in the process, I smelled the most wonderfull scent of spicy cinnamon bread. Never too heavy or gourmand, thanks to the floral heart and the slightly bitter vetiver. It was so intrigued that I left that departement store with a bottle of Mitsouko EDT.
The overal impression I get from Mitsouko is the olfactory equivalent of peach skin. It velvety, dry and plush. Somehow the dull golden box represents the scent perfectly.
And yes, there is a certain sadness. This is a perfume for fall, in my opinion. A perfume for forrest walks, falling leaves, grey skies, days gone by.
Mitsouko has a very typical classic aura to it. I think it's the powdery dryness, but maybe it's just my nose... And the most wonderful thing is, I have never smelled it before. I can wear it with abandon without my perfume being recognized by a dozen people.
And I just love the Art Nouveau bottle (I am not a great lover of archetecture, but if there is one style I allways recognize and love very deeply, it' Art Nouveau with it's iron-and-glass details) and the scent reminds me more of European Art Nouveau style than it does of Japan. But then, I hardly know Japan, so I couldn't say, really.
My only gripe with Mitsouko is that it doesn't sit on my skin for a long time. It is as fleeting as it is beautiful, but with Mitsouko it doesn't bother me. I can reapply and discover the wonderful opening all over again.
I might just go with the EDP, when this bottle is finished...

May
08
2013
RAK
RAK

Not to ramble on and on, but I sprayed something else over it about a half an hour, just to shut it up, and I really do feel so much more cheerful. I don't feel like spending my day eating chocolate anymore. Maybe this is all in my head, but hey, that's where I live.

May
06
2013
RAK
RAK

Wow. This is a beautiful fragrance. I knew I wanted a Guerlain; my grandmother wore Shalimar, so I looked for something just for me and I painstakingly narrowed my choices down to this. I love everything about it. BUT, it has such an effect on my mood that I have to give it up. When I wear it, I'd like to say that my mood is pensive, introspective, reflective, quiet, or that it has no effect whatsoever. What it really comes down to is depression in a bottle. I do have a (very well controlled) case of chronic depression, so let's just say I can't wear it for health reasons. So in case anybody else out there has had a similar experience, I can say that you're not alone.
Of course, if it weren't for this little problem of mine, I would love a perfume that made me feel introspective and intellectual. In that case, this would be the world's greatest fragrance. Well, the search continues.

May
06
2013
Beepert
Beepert

This is a perfume I am having real trouble with.
I bought a tiny 1ml sample of Mitsouko off eBay after reading the inrtiguing reviwes on here. As soon as I received it, I dabbed some on my wrists and sniffed. I was so disappointed! It smelled to me of cheap hairspray - really harsh and bitter. I decided to let the fragrance settle a little. After half an hour I smelt it again - and was shocked to find that my wrist smelled exactly like Parma Violets. I'm not sure if Parma Violets are only a UK thing, but they are tiny, purple, old-fashioned, pill-like sweets that taste of... violets, really. Sweet, but a strange kind of sweetness. Not fruity at all - purely floral. I wasn't expecting that.
I'd kind of given up on ever liking Mitsuoko by this time, but left it on to see if it had any more magic tricks up its sleeve. And I was shocked, about an hour later, to find myself emitting the most gorgeous, soft, sweet, melancholy scent - and I finally understood what everyone was talking about. Still the scent of violets to me, but dried-out violets that have been buried in an old chest underneath silk scarves for decades. Beautiful, evocative, and sad. I just wish I could skip the first hour of this fragrance and get straight to the dry-down!

Apr
29
2013
wesleyhclark
wesleyhclark

I had my wife try some Mitsouko on her arm. Wow! Wild, dirty smell - oakmoss! I wasn't expecting that! I thought it would be conventional, flowery, French. She didn't like it at all, but I liked it on her. Luca Turin says this is a feminine for men (yeah, I get that), so I got a sample and I'm going to try it on myself! Update to come...

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Well, *that* little experiment didn't work out. I got a nice oakmoss blast upon spraying this stuff on myself, but it quickly disappeared - which is unfortunate because I happen to like oakmoss. After about an hour or so what remained was the faint smell of peach - undecalactone. Since I don't like fruity scents, I sprayed on Halston Z-14 to mask it. Much better. (This may mortally offend some of you, using a Ross-obtained scent to ask one of the Guerlain greats. Sorry.)

Oh, well - credit me with trying!

Apr
28
2013
capitolio23
capitolio23

IM MAN IM LOVE MITSOUKO .DIFFICILE A CERNE RIEN ADIRE UN JARDE EPISE E FLAURIAN ..SPEETACILER
TROUBLANT MERCI JACQUE GUERLAIN

Apr
23
2013
VanillaTabbyCat1963
VanillaTabbyCat1963

There are perfumes that are another layer of embellishment, extensions of femininity that we wear to enhance our allure, such as a stunning necklace, a special, favorite scarf.
Mitsuko feels like that heirloom locket worn but not meant to be seen, holding great sentimental value only to yourself. You have a picture of your grandmother in it, and she's younger than you ever had the pleasure of knowing her. In fact, she's about eighteen, and you cant understand how so many years could separate now and then, because she looks so familiar. She looks just like you.
Mitsuko smells so personal, close to your person. It is full of scents familiar to the New England countryside. Wood, moss, dirt, dampness that lasts for 3 seasons. Old, unmarked graveyards. Newly excavated iron objects. Ghosts.

Apr
22
2013
Berlynn
Berlynn

This is a review of 2 formulations at once: A vintage EDC circa 1960 and the current formulation.
I keep sniffing between the two of them (one on each wrist) I'm frankly shocked at how very different they are!
The vintage of mitsouko is one of warmth and woodsy earthy bitterness and there is almost something slightly animalic within it's depths. There is also a hint of smokey resinous in there as well.

The new EDC is a far tamer scent than it's predecessor. It still has retained its warmth, but the peach is more prominent where the earthiness was and where it was woodsy and bitter it's now almost clean and soapy.

Both formulations are beautiful, classic and elegant. The vintage is a stronger scent than the new one, but both are wonderful!

Apr
18
2013
Shtefitza
Shtefitza

My first bottle of Mitsouko arrived! :D :) Soooo happy! I have been waltzing around this one ever since I got introduced to Guerlain in 1992... a small perfume store in my home town... They had them "all": Shalimar, Chamade, Jicky, Samsara, Vol de nuit, Jardin de Bagatelle, L'heure bleu... I bought Jicky, years later Samsara... kept rechecking the others. This past fall I fell in love with Mitsouko! So surprising... My first sample vial of Mitsouko I got in 1993. I hated its overpowering strength. That year I started wearing Jean Paul Gaultier, and my femininity consisted of its powedery sweetness. I was not ready to see dark smoky side of my humanity (which Mitsouko embraces and puts on pedestal along with pleasant spices and floral notes).

Oh... the woodsy, spicey warmth....oooohhh... :D :D :D
Wow... a little tobacco too... I don't think I ever noticed it in past... Some sweet caramel like note protruding from behind... still very woodsy...
I'll come back to add impressions... Now too excited! :)

Mitsouko review part 3: Sandalwood continues, spices evolve into more important warm note… now I can recognize cinnamon.. and some whiffs of anise or something fresh, but herbal… powdery notes intermingle making it very feminine and comforting. This definitely could be a bedtime perfume… also it is a fragrance I will wear in the evening, for “black tie events”… I know I will want to wear it on regular days, when I was interested in something more stimulating for my brain… :D :D Isn’t it true? Interesting (complicated) perfumes are candy for our brains if we are bored. They sooth me if I am anxious, they boost and complement my confidence on a good day… I love it! Mitsouko is so multifaceted, I don’t think I can describe all my impressions without going on for pages…
Moss… I remember my walks in forest… my parents own a weekend house. We would walk in the forest, pick edible mushrooms, drink from a creek, sometimes if nobody would want to accompany me for a walk, I would just walk into the woods, closest to the house, just stay there… close to family, but imbibing the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. Moss growing on the northern side of young oak trees was so soft, comforting, mysterious. I don’t remember ever being in more personal contact with nature than those times… Mitsouko evokes that too. And also I can picture a sultry home with silk lined furniture, velvety clothes and expensive cognac. Wintery day with thick coat, cup of cocoa with cinnamon… I could go on and on...
Living in our “sterilized world” we go from home (that always smells the same) to the car, then to the place of work (that mostly smells the same). There is no seasonal change, no springtime forsythia or summertime jasmine, no scent of putrefied leaves, no whiff of northern wind or humidity of southern breeze… We need our perfumes, so our brains don’t go bored! :D 

Now hours later, there is a buttery peach, comforting, powdery... still sandalwood and moss in background to keep it strong minded...

Apr
15
2013
courant
courant

Mitsouko is not a fragrance but an experience. This is mine. Take an eight week old baby from it's crib at 4 pm. It's bathtime. Droplets of breast milk have run down into the creases of his neck where they smell interesting but not offensive. The soft scent of cotton wafts up from baby's skin and there is just the faintest trace of fudgy excrement on his bottom, mixed with the protective barrier cream, Amolin, I think, slightly almond. the kernel of the peach. His wispy hair smells divine and he burps a tiny hiccup of gripe water and you recognise the dill and fennel. In spite of the active biology of his skin you desperately love and desire what is so unique and you know that in minutes he will smell of sudsy baby soap and talcum powder. Mitsouko in repose, after the initial burst has gone, smells of love, breath, breast, sleep, innocence and desire, milk, cotton, fennel, almond and urea.

Apr
13
2013
patxaran
patxaran

(This review refers to the EDT, production 2006)
I can't believe I have been waiting so long to give this a proper wear! Today was a rainy mild day so I thought it's Mitsouko time. Every time I try Mitsouko I get a range of different feelings and thoughts coming up. It used to be something like "Japanese department store". Well, after sniffing my wrists and arms like a million times today I can say the best way to describe this scent is: profoundly human. Delicate, natural, timeless, unapologetic beauty of a fragrance that blends into your skin instead of just sitting on it like some foreign body. Not "perfumey" at all especially not in its drydown. Feminine, warm, human... like your lover puts their arm around you and you catch the smell of warm skin... heaven. yes, Vanilla perfumes are nice but somehow we know that Vanilla is an add-on (a very sexy one for sure) - in contrast, Mitsouko feels like something that skin was supposed to smell like when it is warm. I don't mean any specific body parts or anything like that, just imagine the cosy warm skin smell. Oh dear this must all sound very weird. Maybe someone gets me?

Apr
11
2013
Peachply
Peachply

I sprayed some on today and can't stop smelling myself, it's just so divine there is nothing else like it. Peach and oakmoss what could be yummier? Wood, spice, fruit all muddled together it's just gorgeous. I was first introduced to it in the late 1980's so pre-reformulation and it was much more intense. This feels much lighter then what I remember but I'll take it.

Apr
08
2013
Aquarky63
Aquarky63

WOW! Imagine being in an antique store, sipping a dry champagne and opening an old (but clean) inlaid wooden box from the middle east that once (and may yet again in the future) hold the treasures of its owner. A lovely woman walks past the door on a dry autumn day wearing a light citrusy fruity scent.....that is Mitsouko to me. A dry exotic beauty, and filled with wonder.

This is such a different fragrance, but so very appealing because it is different. A total classic in my book.

Apr
04
2013
Jerine123
Jerine123

I was so looking forward to this fragrance! I don't know if I have a new bottle gone bad? It is the EDT 3.1oz from FN and it really is not my thing. It reminds me of a cheap old bar or beer joint with dried peanuts smashed on the wooden floor drenched with stale beer... musty, boozy and stinky UGH. An old time beer joint that you want to step outside and get some fresh air quickly. I am soooo sad because the reviews sounded intriguing and I was so looking forward to a complex fragrance. I don't detect any peach, rose or floral at all. I have tried spraying it on tissue, myself and even a quick spray inside the box to see if it is just a weird chemical reaction on me but it is still the same. Have a few other Guerlains and they are wonderful. Let me know if anyone wants to exchange....you can have a BIG bottle.

Apr
04
2013
kabelaced
kabelaced

Put a dab of this on my wrist before going to bed. This was solidly not for me - overpowering and made it hard for me to sleep. When I woke up, the lingering smell on my wrist was still not tame enough for me. I like the idea behind this perfume, so while I won't wear it out anywhere, I'd love to wear this while watching some Japanese historical dramas!

Apr
02
2013
wallywinthrop
wallywinthrop

I'm writing a second review because I get so sad when I see reviews of this beauty speaking of how musty and stale it is. I would urge those who think this to test again and remember that the Cloroxed freshness of scents today do not mean 'clean', they mean ozonic and very often, sweet. The air inside of an old teakwood chest may not smell like fresh linen, but it is not musty. Guerlains are in many cases acquired tastes, you must give them time and space and they will seduce you. Now if you are not usually very interested in woody or chypre scents but are well acquainted with them, that is another matter entirely and completely understandable. But Mitsouko is a reminder that people didn't always live in an age where 'peach' conjured up the image of the supermarket-fresh produce baskets and where people used Swiffer cloths to dust plastic, instead of wooden, cabinets. What you find appealing olfactorily is as much a product of your environment and time as anything else, but that does not mean you can't respond to the beauty of something that was created in another time.

If Mitsouko is not your thing because it is too woody, I understand. If it is just not *you* for any reason, I understand that too. But to dismiss it on first sniff and to declare its beauty is just the power of marketing is a mistake. You will miss out.

Mar
28
2013
shanghaifleur
shanghaifleur

Mitsouko is not for me. This is from another time, another era, and although I can appreciate it's unique aura, it doesn't speak to me at all. I don't know why but it brings to my mind the ladies in black and white early Charlie Chaplin movies!....
It's too strong, too dry, a somber and austere perfume.

Mar
25
2013
Chessie1122
Chessie1122

After I discoved Mitsouko, I have wanted to get rid of anything else that I have.
The first time I smelled it, it was an older bottle and smelled more like a dry oriental. I ended up purchasing a newer bottle and highly agree with the reviews above that it's a beautiful harmony of peach over oakmoss. I imagine that if more people were aware of it there would be a big comeback. Currently, I can only find it online.

Mar
22
2013
Migalex
Migalex

What is scent smells to me of is carnation, and maybe coumin, nothing else. Like other people, I do find it similar to the current reformulation of Rochas Femme, due to the coumin, but Femme is sweeter and creamier, not nearly as dry and it does smell of coumin, not carnation, and of peach a lot. Here, despite the list presented above, I cannot smell any juicy fruity peach, just a very dry carnation scent. It is not a fragrance I am fond of because I do not appreciate the scent of carnation, and I do like Femme much better than Mitsouko.

Mar
21
2013
Délicieux
Délicieux

For a long time I wanted to try Mitsouko. Everything I read about it enthralled and intrigued me so. I especially loved that it was created in the year 1919, the same year as my house. A strange thing to fixate on I know...but I was determined that this scent was created for me. Something about the name and bottle ingnited my imagination and I had all sorts of scenarios swirling around my brain. If I wore Mitsouko I would suddenly be complex and mysterious. If I wore Mitsouko I could wear a flapper dress to the grocery store...You get the idea.

Amazingly enough, one night my husband came home from work all in a tizzy about this "INCREEEDDDIBLE" fragrance he smelled on a client. He actually felt compelled to ask her what it was and she said, "Oh, it's Mitsouko. Your wife would love it."

Imagine my complete shock at this unexpected coincidence. How could I not order a decant and try it? This had all the makings of a wonderfully kismet-y situation. Right?

Oh my.

Everything about it just smelled sour, like the most nightmarish vetiver and powder putrescence. I resisted the urge to scrub. I waited eagerly, painfully for my husband to come home. I tried mouth breathing. Half hoping he'd love it and tell me I had made a terrible mistake. Half hoping he'd tell me how hideous it was so I could quick wash it off...I would say it was more the former than the latter though. Yes, even with the foul nastiness emanating off of me I still wanted Mitsouko to prove me wrong. That's how deeply I had fallen into the romantic ideal of this fragrance.

My husband finally came home and said (after hugging me), "What smells like old, sweaty socks??"

Let it suffice to say, the Mitsouko dream is now dead and buried, never to be resurrected again! I've not had very good luck with Guerlain in general. Wish I could find one from this house that suited me.

Mar
21
2013
evesoho
evesoho

I've only been on Fragrantica for a month, and this past weekend I noticed an article called "Perfumed Horoscope". I don't follow astrology but I thought it sounded like an interesting combination of ideas. Imagine my surprise when I read in the general horoscope: "This is the week of healing, and appropriately mainly related to relationships." My dad and his new wife were arriving the next day from across the country to see my baby neice for the first time and celebrate my sister's birthday. He and I have a strained relationship. Then I read the horoscope specifically for Saggitarius that said: "This week may easily revolve around your mother or a figure that was crucial for your upbringing and emotional nourishment." At that point, I felt like the astrologer was making such a tight connection that I was ready to take his suggestion of wearing Couture 7 Bill Blass this week. Except I don't have that fragrance, so I looked it up to see the notes and chose to wear Mitsouko on my sister's birthday instead, the one I own that's closest.

My dad arrived the day before my sister's birthday, when I was still wearing Yardley's English Lavender Water. It was a bit of an uneasy visit.

The next day though, on my sister's birthday, my father had been holding my neice for an hour, and when it was my turn I reached out to take her from his lap. His eyes grew wide and he looked at me with curiosity and surprise, "what a nice perfume," he said. I smiled and said, "aww thanks dad, it's an expensive perfume from Guerlain, I bought a miniature bottle on ebay." He kept looking at me - as if I were suddenly all grown up, and we began to talk. I felt, for the first time, like he was really listening, and interested, as I spoke about my career, my life.

Fragrantica's Perfumed Horoscope had said that I must speak with this "figure" because it would: "Help you improve the feeling of belonging which is now so fleeting in your life." Mitsouko helped that along.

That evening, my boyfriend of 5 years also suddenly looked at me with a new level of admiration. He asked if I was wearing new perfume, I replied yes, and sounding impressed he said with a smile, "it smells creamy." My boyfriend doesn't like perfume, doesn't even wear cologne himself, and complains when I wear any of the other 6 fragrances I own!

Mitsouko, it fits me. On my sister's birthday, I wore it with black pants, an expensive sweater, jewelry and makeup that included red eyeshadow. Today, I wore Mitsouko again - with a clean face, jeans, a black t-shirt with Edgar Allen Poe's face on it, and a pile of jangly Betsy Johnson necklackes. It fits me because it reflects how others see me, not just how I see - and want to see - myself.

I love Guerlain.

Mar
13
2013
mystica
mystica

The more I like a fragrance the harder it is to write a review about it. Words just don't do justice.
Guerlain's Mitsouko is simply the old world glamour to me. It's like nothing else in my wardrobe. Mitsouko could make a perfect signature fragrance. It just feels too special to me for everyday wear. I would rather wear it to a dinner with a special someone, combining it with my black tango dress, stilettos and all.

Mar
13
2013
RedLady
RedLady

This is gonna sound really simplistic but – this is a spring garden in the rain.

Mar
08
2013
Scrilla
Scrilla

I don't even know what to say. I just bought a bottle (reformulated EDP) blind knowing that even if I hated it I wanted it in my collection because it is a classic. I also read an article with three famous noses (I know Jean Claude Ellena was one, can't remember the rest off hand right now) and they all listed Mitsouko as one of their favourite fragrances of all time. I understand. It is mysterious and magical, sexy and comforting. It's just beautiful. Love it or hate it this scent must be appreciated. I'm not going to discuss notes, it's hard to pick out individual ones and they are constantly changing as you wear it and they are all so well blended that they become one new smell as opposed to several known smells combined. Gorgeous.

Feb
28
2013
wallywinthrop
wallywinthrop

My first review had to be Mitsouko. Although I can only choose five top fragrances in my wardrobe profile, this one would be the sixth if I could add it. This is a woody blend, with warm cinnamon in the woods and peaches that have been simmered in wine. It is NOT a fruity floral, so do not be distracted by the peach notes if you have not sniffed this. It is truly a chypre, and by that I mean DRY. The steam coming from a cup of hibiscus tea calls Mitsouko to mind more than anything else, to me. I regret I have not sniffed the vintage, in which the oakmoss is supposed to be more full-bodied (rather than what I believe is the treemoss substitute, unless I am wrong). Nevertheless I am merely happy this scent is still with us, I do not regret the purchase of this beauty (unsniffed I might add) and I do believe this generation can have its beautiful version as well as the previous generations had theirs.

Feb
27
2013
Assiduosity
Assiduosity

Mitsouko is peerless.

It was the perfume to end all perfume.

And though it could not hope to be that, it remains the greatest of them all.

Some sniff it smells of automobile gas, others pretend to perceive only peaches.

Truthfully both parties are in part true. There is an essence of petrol in the stronger concentrations, but this is a kerosene to carry away souls not some dirty old diesel.

And the peach is the antithesis of soft, sugared, supermarket-sparkling clean soft fruit: it is an ageing momento mori too fleshy, flabby and fast on its way to mould to be too long of this world.

Then there is the moss, which is at once warm woodland floor and dank winter tree bark, which pervades every part of the composition giving lie to the idea of a flat Earth in fragrance.

The grass here is not green but dry and yellowing, the spices subtle yet, in the cinnamon especially, sometimes deceivingly strong: seeming to come and go from the scene.

Flowers play a very second fiddle, only lilacs catching the melody upon occasion to give mournful orchestration too the whole piece.

And quite a piece Mitsouko is: perfume’s first unquestionable masterpiece.

*************

Talking of male and female here seems silly and frankly insulting.

Does Guernica have a gender?

Feb
25
2013
sf2explus
sf2explus

Guerlain Mitsouko EDT (current formulation gold box)

I have worn this for quite some time now long enough to write a review. What i get from the EDT is a very floral mossy scent. the scent is oakmoss and floral dominated with the smell of peach think peach left out for a few days and still good enough to eat but not very fresh looking if thhat makes any sense.
there is some creamy smell in this. Not at all feminine but very middle eastern smelling imho. A perfect unisex smell. I have worn the EDT without any hesitation. The EDT has very little sillage and lasts around 4-6 hours on skin which i was surprised by since the initial blast was quite heavy. If you do like the smell of mitsouko i would reccomend you go with the EDP concentration. I am happy with the EDT since i prefer these sorts of smell to project less the down sound is the longevety of the EDT which does not score any points with me. Overall a very nice scent excellent bottle presentation.
If i ever buy mitsouko again i will go for the EDP so that it last longer on skin. The scent is blended very well.


Scent 9/10

Feb
25
2013
2746cstreet
2746cstreet

Mitsouko was my first "nice" perfume and was not at all what I expected. I kept reading reviews about "sparkling peach" and on my skin Mitsouko is very warm, very mossy and a slight creaminess of white florals. A sillage monster as well. To me it's very soft and cozy, but sad. I think I would always like to keep Mitsouko in my collection because there is something beautiful about it, but it's too unique for everyday wear.
My ex husband quite liked Mitsouko. I have not met another man who does. This is a fragrance you wear strictly for yourself as it can be very divisive.

Feb
24
2013
stephanie.hamrick
stephanie.hamrick

There are fragrances that are amazing when you test them, even a couple of times, but once you get them home and wear them outside the mall, you realize they aren't what you hoped. Not so with Mitsouko. This is a true classic. Sometimes I just get old books with a whisper of abstract florals, but on a cool day I get powder, spices, peach, moss, and maybe a bit of jasmine and rose. Even on the days when it doesn't develop fully on my skin, it's still amazing.

Feb
22
2013
asta.ksivickaite
asta.ksivickaite

in a bottle it smells amazing. I even complimented my friends boyfriend for picking it for her. but when I sprayed it I was not pleassed. smell was too intence. it even gave me an headache.
four days later I can still smell it opn my blazer. and I love the smell. wery warm cinnamon. too bad it takes so long.

Feb
21
2013
antfarm
antfarm

She's a lady with many faces. Sometimes Mitsy smells like toxic wood chips, sometimes like salty skin, other times like an abandoned ship full of cloves and dusty captain's logs. I don't know what to make of her. I just know she's really something.

Feb
19
2013
aveilhe
aveilhe

This review is for the most recent EDP formulation:

Mitsouko starts out dry, green, and earthy -- bergamot predominates, and grassy vetiver is almost immediately present. The initial impression is quite masculine. Within 3-5 minutes, a hint of cinnamon begins to present itself, softening and warming up the initial sharp, green top notes.

Within 10-20 minutes an unusual waxy floral note begins to emerge. I would liken this to an oily skin or scalp scent. It makes me wonder if there is a costus note hidden in there somewhere? I find this stage somewhat uncomfortable, a bit dirty. Unfortunately, this stage lasts the longest on my skin (3-6 hours). The big oakmoss note contributes a literal dirtiness: forest floor, wet moss. The cinnamon also continues to unveil itself during this phase, which, along with the oakmoss, creates a very unisex floral heart.

I can see how Mitsouko could be considered quite sexy to some people -- it's VERY intimate, warm, and spicy. I, however, find it a bit too oily and musty for my taste -- it makes me feel like I need to take a shower!

I didn't pick up on the peachy base notes that many people refer to until the third time I tested it. My mistake was that I kept reapplying -- I didn't wait long enough. About 6-8 hours into wear, a very subtle peach skin scent emerges. This is not the fragrance of a supple, ripe peach -- there is no juiciness and only a hint of sweetness. Again, it somewhat mimics a human skin-scent.

I had to test Mitsouko at least four times before I really started to get a grasp on its nuances. I have heard that the vintage version is much richer -- that the florals are less waxy and the base notes have more of a gourmand effect -- this formulation does not, in my opinion, have anything in common with a gourmand perfume. This is not necessarily an easy fragrance for modern perfume lovers to appreciate, but if you like a challenge, a bit of history, and you are looking for something unconventionally sexy and avant garde, it is definitely worth a try!

Feb
16
2013
lyciumchld
lyciumchld

The opening of the EDT is lovely and mild, and dries down to an austere, yet beautiful finish of spice and flowers. The EDP, however, opens with a harsh, citrusy chemical smell. The dry down is a bit better, but the EDT smells so much better I'd not waste the money on the EDP unless you've got a vintage bottle that smells like it used to.

Feb
14
2013
Jernê Knowles
Jernê Knowles

Bem, o Mitsouko é um senhor de 94 anos (1919), muito elegante e fino, com vontade de viver e experimentar mais do que a vida pode oferecer. Sua abertura é um namoro entre Laranja levemente amarga + Jasmim concentrado, parece que ele ficará apenas nisto (chega a incomodar), confesso ser uma das aberturas mais difíceis que já experimentei. Em mim, após 4hs passo a sentir seu coração, também pesado, mas mais acessível, Ylang-Ylang com muito mais Jasmim fresco borrifado por sereno. Sua base é singular, aí está o "pulo do gato" deste Guerlain, no tempero equilibrado entre Canela em pó, Especiarias Finas, Vetiver e Âmbar, algo sublime e passível de ser vivido. Mitsouko EDP é uma oportunidade a não ser deixada passar, para quem ama os perfumões densos, quentes e ousados. Não é nada comum o talcão que ele remete em sua evolução (algo muito familiar à Maison), mas faz-se indispensável pela forma que evolui, por sua projeção e fixação que são algo que nunca vi igual. Totalmente perfeito! Dizem que o EDT (ainda não o conheço) seja mais luminoso e ameno, ainda bem que conheci o EDP antes, que é mais denso, ousado e intrigante. Bem, Mitsouko EDP nesse humilde nariz aqui, revela-se assim. Aposto que vc o amará, invista e seja feliz!

Feb
10
2013
Shtefitza
Shtefitza

I used call myself a "Guerlain person". I loved so many Guerlain scents. And somehow drifted away from them. I tried Mitsouko 20 years ago. It was too strong, I did not understand it, although at early age I started wearing complex fragrances. I guess, not as complex as Mitsouko.
I tried it at my Nieman Marcus the other day. Ah.... The minute I felt it on my skin I remembered a Fragrantica member sayiing: Every woman should own a Guerlain. So true! There is time for a "light Guerlain" and there is time for "complex Guerlain". You are definitely going to find one that's for you. This is divine. And so much more interesting than other interesting perfumes. Now that I rediscovered Guerlain, I really see no point in other perfume houses. Hats off to the masters! Over the hours Mitsouko changes, develops, awakens parts of my soul I knew, parts of my soul I somehow sensed, and then parts of my soul I never knew existed. Somehow it touches your emotion at unknown level and helps you understand yourself and your own moods. Difficult to explain. Same day I tried several other Guerlain's. Only one other on my skin though (L'heure bleu). That was such an experience that I did not even think of asking the sales representative for a sample nor I planned to buy one that day. The pleasure of that sampling on my skin and on the blotters was all I needed. The pleasure lasted for days. Today I finally threw away the blotters (A week later they still have some fragrance on them). I know I will be back for many more bottles...

Feb
05
2013
LANIER
LANIER

The wafting breeze of chiffon along with the heavy slid of pearls against each other announces, only to the most attuned ear her arrival at her box at the opera. Young men and not so very young men turn as one animal toward her. How they can hear her approach above the din of the clamoring throng that is the Paris opera crowd is beyond understanding or science. Or is it? Perhaps Mademoiselle Du Chandonnet has a secret weapon which makes her, of all the courtesans of Paris the most desirable of all. She was the fist to bob her hair, but that is not the reason. She wears the latest shockingly short skirts with silk stocking rolled to just above the knee. These revolutionaries in the new book of fashion have stormed the couturiers and come into vogue so suddenly since the end of the Great War. Blame it on that Chanel woman some say. But this too is not her claim to temptation to half the men of the city. Is it her cynical air of disdain for the men who adore her? Could it be the allure of danger one catches in her casual sidelong glance from a panting victim to a tray of glittering Cartier iced diamonds? That look which with a half smile promises nothing but financial ruin and a broken heart? Perhaps so, perhaps no.

What each of the men so eager to pay the most exorbitant fees for her favors does know is the smell of this courtesan. Cet amour fou d’une prostituée est dans l’odeur de son. This crazy love for a whore is in the smell of her. And what perfume she decides to wear behind a diamond and sapphire encrusted ear will be instantly transfigured into the rage of Paris by dawn simply because Mademoiselle Du Chandonnet decided that night to wear it. All her suitors will be wearing it tomorrow and in the weeks to come their wives and fiancées will soon be shopping for it at 68 Champs Élysées. She is wearing Mitsouko.

The men in the orchestra are facing her as the lights go down and the orchestra begins the first strains of The Planets. Only the low glow of the refracted light of the rising chandelier illuminates her face in a diamond prism glitter. She is bored beyond endurance and as the men turn toward the savage new music she rises and leaves for the more jazzy sounds of the left bank. Rive gauche is the only part of Paris where she can forget what she has lost since the 28th of July, 1914, the only place in Paris where she really ever smiles.

* * *
The mysterious and utterly enchantingly seduction one finds in such a woman or a man for that matter one finds in Mitsouko. This wonderful perfume from Guerlain is a masterpiece born out of the end of a horrible war and at the dawn of the jazz age. It is a perfume of possibilities and lively excitement couched in a loss and sadness that is glossed over with verve and champagne sparklers.

The brilliant Mitsouko inspired by the Japan craze of the era and born to celebrate the end of war opens with a bright shimmering rush of citrus, jasmine, bergamot, and rose. This fizzes in a natural way and bubbles over into the heart notes of a kind of honeyed Lilac, mouth watering summer peach, and aphrodisial honeyed ylang ylang all in silky summery yellows. This is punctuated by a hearty brilliant May rose. At this point it is all about fun and a bright and shiny future of joy and bliss. But in the dry down comes the drama and real majesty of this perfume. A mix of warm exotic spices and a snap of cinnamon sticks stir the lush almost animalic amber into a blending of exotic eastern flavors the peach lingers and ripens here. This is the melancholy romantic part of the fragrance and my favorite part of the experience. This is all layered over a base of inky dry oak moss that extends the magical elixir on for hours of enjoyment.

Mitsouko is well suited to men and women because of its spicy tones. A Chypre with fruit overtones that never over whelm the dry champagne like sensation one gets from first spay onward The Eau de Parfume has a long lush life on the skin lasting for eight to ten hours. Be frugal when applying so as not to overwhelm all your suitors with your fabulous silage. Rather tease with a light ease and a whisper of delights and dangers ahead. And remember just as it is with a great courtesan, there is a lot to learn about life and love and men and women from a wise and worldly old classic like Mitsouko.

FIVE PLATINUM STARS *****

Feb
01
2013
dlane1953
dlane1953

I have 3 different vintages of Mitsouko, and all I can say is this;

BUY VINTAGE

The recent formulation that I own (purchased 2 years ago) opens with a harsh astringency that's really unpleasant, but slowly dries down to a lovely finish. (Someone described the opening notes of this one as "lemon pledge". I have to agree.)

The other two (dates of release unknown to me, but I'd guess they date back 15-20 years from studying the bottle design) open softly, gently,and then dry down to the notes I love. No sharpness, just an unforgettable aura of austere beauty that haunts like a beautiful dream.

Like fine wine, fragrances have great years and horrid years.

Jan
29
2013
ninaboo
ninaboo

Well if I have learned one thing about the legendary Mitsouko it's this: it does NOT like cold, dry skin. All I could ascertain was sharp oakmoss and skanky forest compost !
Thus, my first spray of this juice rendered me completely confused as to how it could achieve such iconic status.
Second time around, body freshly oiled, just out of the shower, heating on full blast, I had a much more pleasurable experience.
As others have remarked, Mitsouko is so finely composed it is very difficult to pinpoint any one element.
To me this smells like MONEY.CHAMPAGNE.FANCY JEWELS. Pure class.

Jan
21
2013
Hallonix
Hallonix

There is a huge difference between EDT and EDP!

EDT gave me an enormous headache, smelled like old books (in a nasty way), dry, bitter spices and babypowder, and I outright hated it.

EDP on the other hand is somewhat lovely. I still have to test it few more times, but the first time was pleasant. Right after spraying I noticed citruses, but that didn't last for long. Then flowers, and boom! - a lot of delicious nose tickling spices. I can't find the peach anywhere, on me there is a hint towards carrot though... My skin tends to lure out a scent of carrots in many perfumes, which doesn't bother me at all.

Edit. After sniffing for a while, the carrot scent opened up a bit more... It is not fresh carrots, more like a carrot cake with nutmeg and cinnamon. Interesting.
Now, Mitsouko tells me a story about afternoon tea in a shady garden. Earl grey, carrot cake and a mossy garden with flowers... Green velvet jacket, petite porcelain cups and a pile of books. I think I'm falling in love.
___________

After almost ten months:
Now I have both EDP and EDT (got it as a present!), and I have to say that I like them both. No more babypowder scent as I wear EDT, no headaches or nasty spices. Mitsouko doesn't overwhelm me anymore, now it is me who wears the perfume, not the other way round. Now that Mitsouko has become tame and is comfortable on my skin, I can wear it anywhere I like. It doesn't scream "I'm too elegant for this!" if I decide to spray it on before going for a stroll in a muddy forest. I have to be on a right mood though to wear Mitsouko, but anyway... I love it.

Jan
18
2013
kirtylou
kirtylou

I may have to give this more time, but I did not like this at all both times I wore the edp. It smells like dusty harsh florals on me. Worst of all, I sprayed it on me once while I was on my couch, and my couch smelled like dusty flowers for a week straight. I smell no peach or roses, though I do smell moss (perhaps that's where I'm getting the "dusty" notes from).

Jan
10
2013
drummagick
drummagick

This is a hard confession to make, but I have decided, after all these years, that I like Mitsouko better on fabric than I do on my skin. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE it on my skin, but on fabric there is this high, sweet peach note that lasts forever. I get the peach when I wear it, but nothing like this. On fabric, it smells less of 'dusty old library' as I read in a review once, and more of 'OMG this is stunning!'.

Jan
04
2013
stephanie.hamrick
stephanie.hamrick

Somehow I had always assumed that all the classics would be as awful on me as Shalimar or my Grandma's Chanel No. 5. WHY did I buy into the OLP myth? This is beautiful, so elegant yet comforting. I've come to the conclusion that it's only the top of Shalimar that bugs me, because that Guerlinade drydown is in Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue and is gorgeous in both.

Jan
03
2013
vns
vns

Earthy, floral, hazy, clean, warm...sort of makes me think of the sun lighting up clouds on an overcast day...

The most consistently prominent notes (on me, at least) seem to be amber, lilac, rose...and maybe jasmine; it's more floral (and powdery) than I usually like, but there's also an earthy quality (I'm guessing that's from the moss and vetiver) that I really appreciate...

I only occasionally smell the citrus/cinnamon/spices (usually along with the jasmine) but when I do, it adds a lot of warmth, and I wish those notes were more prominent...but I can't smell or even get a sense of the peach, bergamot, or ylang-ylang...

I bought this (the EDP) blind because I thought it sounded interesting. It's not what I was expecting, and I would usually find the strong amber/lilac notes off-putting...but instead, for some reason, I find the smell slightly addictive...so I'm impressed despite myself.

Jan
02
2013
puddley
puddley

My current favourite fragrance..

With every perfume that I try I can pick out individual notes and get a real image of it's make up, my nose works really well and has been trained from years of aromatherapy and sniffing stuff. However, with Mitsouko, I can't. perhaps that why I love it so much, it's unique and holds a real olfactory mystery that somehow adds to it's mythic, iconic reputation.

Yes, there is something lactonic there from the peach but it's definitely not the smell of peach. Yes, there is earthiness that must come from the Oakmoss and yes, Jasmine, a wee unobtrusive whiff but ultimately - it just smells of perfume. Just gob smackingly beautifully constructed perfume.

A masterpiece.

Dec
30
2012
1welshdevil
1welshdevil

Gorgeous warm, mysterious, Earthy, Quite spicy smell, love the smell of it. Needs a cultured nose as it's not a sweet floral like so many.

Dec
16
2012
A. Rose123
A. Rose123

Boozy prunes and fresh peaches, served-up with mint leaves, nutmeg and cinnamon in a smoky, bohemian apartment, decked-out in burled, polished wood, leather and luxurious weavings. There's also a tweedy greeness in "Mitsouko" that smells like steam swirling up from a pungent, strong tea.

Mitsouko smells sexy in a very composed, self-aware way --- even a little questionably louche, in its lazy elegance.

There's a sense of layering to the notes in this blend -- an accumulation of experiences, over time, worn on a coat cuff; tart, woodsy sweetness that vaguely smells of liquored oakmoss, layered over clove candies, then layered over the scents of old libraries full of dry paper and closets of fraying tweed and old leather gloves.

"Mitsouko" is most compatible with an intellectual character; a complex, smoldering, larger-than-life personality, that never questions the inherent androgeny of good perfume and the appropriateness of always being a little bit voluptuously disheveled, nomatter you go.

On men, this is like a billboard advertising playful sexiness, served with a side of intellectual banter. The spicy leather notes sweeten and the peach gets smokier. Very smart, indeed...

Dec
14
2012
onegoodcat
onegoodcat

Smells very nice. It does have a mysterious feel to it. I'll elaborate on the scent later, but I just wanted to add that Jean Harlow would wear this!

Nov
25
2012
ThatMakesScents
ThatMakesScents

For Guys :

If you like Heritage by Guerlain Quorom by Puig or Opium by YSL then you need to sample this. Add Pasha by Cartier.

I get just a little chypre vibe from this. Mainly I get a really pleasant floriental with a chypre bitterness. Add a hint of spice cake. The smell is old school meaning "elegant". I can't wait to try this with a crisp dress shirt.

I have the EDP which wears quite well. The drydown is a dry powdery one but the scent has better than average sillage (EDP) which makes up for it.

To me this is more masculine than feminine. No need to feel self conscious with this one fellows.

I really like this and I am glad that I bought it (7 days later).

Thank you to those reviewers that inspired me to look into this wonderful fragrance.


* I was concerned about the peach but to be honest I can't smell any peach or if I do it is too bitter to be an issue for me.


ADD ON :

I forgot to mention that there is a Bal D Versailles vibe to this as well.

Nov
24
2012
xanman
xanman

This so reminds me of my twelve year old self riding my horse aptly named Lightening in a peach orchard on a crisp late summer dawn after harvest -decomposing peaches surround me melded with the scent of earth and the distinct aroma of a riparian forest- everything smells fresh -sharp and tangy and cool- As the morning is so glorious I dismount and contemplate the upcoming sunrise- sitting there a good deal of time before I realize the sun is well above my head-my skin is warmed and combined with the leather of my pony's saddle, the forest and decaying peaches- and good old yeah mossy dirt - This is what Mitsouko reminds me of...

Nov
15
2012
Baldric
Baldric

It's a bit daunting to add to all that has been said, but here are my 2 cents.

I bought this blindly, over a year ago, when I was just getting back to perfume after a long hiatus. I found a great deal online so I thought, why not? Upon first spray I thought to myself "oh no, what have I done?" It seemed a bit harsh and outdated. What I did was apparently one the smartest things I have done, perfume-wise. It quickly settled into a scent that I feel is just right for me. My husband loves this on me, in fact whenever I make him smell a test of something else he says he likes mitsouko better. I have gotten more compliments on this than any other perfume. This is likely in part due to its tenacity. 1 spray and I get puffs of peachy goodness popping up 8 hours later. Much has been said about the notes and overall mood of this, so I won't bore you, but I do feel the need to chime in. This is not a bubbly, sparkly fragrance, but to call it depressing isn't right to me. I love this in the spring and early fall, it is perfect for transitional times as it is dynamic and it's intent seems hopeful to me. It truly is a perfect blend of warmth and chill.

I love it dearly and plan to always have a bottle in my possession. I don't wear it all that often, but ever time I do I am always impressed by it.

Nov
07
2012
schuindaye
schuindaye

It's very mossy and powdery on me, there's something very depressing yet mysterious about the scent. I can only say I have a love/hate relationship with it... love the smell, hate how it makes me feel.

Nov
04
2012
aqualunablue
aqualunablue

As much as I hate to report such a tragedy on a parfum I had lucid dreams about....I get table pepper and urine. That's all I get, from bottle or on skin. Guerlain, Guerlain....how I have long awaited your essence on my skin. You have broke my heart, we shall see if Samsara can amend my intrigue with you.

Nov
01
2012
drummagick
drummagick

Today is it very rainy, gray, misty and foggy, which is unusual for this area. I feel melancholy with the season and the weather, and I wish to heighten the mood. I am going to wear Mitsouko today.

Oct
26
2012
ktyhan
ktyhan

Rec'd my EDP yesterday... 3 min after two spays on my sweater: dominating yet light and dry spices (cinnamon), very Indian, similar to certain stage of Shalimar... tiny traces of fruity notes, fresh and crisp... no florals... 6 hrs later: still the same but softer spices (cinnamon)... still no florals... warm and cozy, quiet and safe, like home (alone)... (36 hrs later: still detectable in the kitchen, where I first spayed it on... and I guess it will stay there forever on my sweater, if I leave it unwashed)

Oct
26
2012
fuggerone
fuggerone

this really is unisex like shalimar, another wonderful creation from an house which makes mostly masterpieces!
power lemon!

Oct
24
2012
RugosaAlba
RugosaAlba

Now, in 2012, in the age of an advent and prominence of an air freshener in public places, when their corporate noses are so mercilessly and annoyingly on the constant hunt for the most favored and most cherished by humans floral and floral oriental fragrances, no wonder the first encounter with Mitsouko or l'heure Bleau smells as something painfully familiar.
Especially, because, I smelled Mitsouko yesterday for the first time(to my shame?)
And it was reformulated EDP. Lot's of water.
Smells of floral oriental, traces of the former self, I suspect.
Here is another association or memory I have that's related to Mitsouko's smell.
In mid 70s my family was very poor, our most family treasures would fit into two small suitcases(for example, family albums, my mother's wedding dress and her wedding white shoes, very elegant).
These suitcases smelled as Mitsouko. Maybe, it was Mitsouko.
I do not know. As a child I thought it was a heavy fragrance.
I decided I need to get a vintage Mitsuko, than I will know for sure if I like it or not.

Oct
19
2012
lmktacwa
lmktacwa

Nasty stuff. Gasoline. The emperor has no clothes. Bought it, hated it, got rid of it fast. Sorry. Not my type I guess. It is not sweet. It is just harsh. No dry down. I am apparently "nose blind" to every single note in it except for the one that smells like petrol. Big fail. Big pass.

Oct
13
2012
Fragaria
Fragaria

This is...to be in heaven...and go back to childhood, playing dress up with a box full of your gramma's vintage dresses and shoes. This is incense burning in a backwoods church while praying and knowing...GOD is near.

Oct
12
2012
lylianas2002
lylianas2002

Words can not decribe! I spray it to the point when people turn there heads after me. Maybe they think I obuse the perfume, maybe they just like the Mitsouko as much as I do. LOVE IT! Have been faithfull to Nahema for the past years, but now it is history.

Oct
12
2012
klopgovorun
klopgovorun

Lovely, smoky and exotic by itself, and an absolute heaven of a fall fragrance when mixed with Dior Dolce Vita (EDP)--- mmmmmm--- incredibly warm, spicy and seductive...

Oct
09
2012
Fragaria
Fragaria

I'm ashamed of myself, I'm so shallow. I've bought blind many times by reviews and it's always been a delight. This one time, I don't care who likes it, hates it, I don't care if this smells like ground bologna! I want this and the ONLY reason I want this is because I read Charlie Chaplin wore this. I want to close my eyes and smell what this man smelled like, I just know it will take me to his world! I like Charlie and simply adore his grand-daughter Oona. I better go check reviews a bit eh? If I stumble upon a bottle, I'll buy it, no matter what! I don't think anyone could MAKE me dislike this one and I've never even sampled it.

Oct
07
2012
ailishlu
ailishlu

This is a classic by Guerlain, and I never actually owned it before but a friend of mine used to wear it in the late 70s or early 80s and it was so beautiful. You could smell her perfume as soon as she walked into the room. I tried it once and I was totally mesmerized by its beauty. After so many years of wishing I could afford this perfume, I am now the proud owner of a 30ml edt. I have to say that it is not the same one I remember and I now know that I have a reformulation. Of course the familiar perfume is still the same, but so much watered down that it is barely there. The first spray was sharp and spicy, but it quickly died down to a close-to-the-skin scent that really doesn`t project much at all. I`m kinda disappointed, although I have to say that I still very much like the perfume. Perhaps I should try the edp and if that still doesn`t satisfy, I guess I`ll have to look into buying a vintage. The reformulation is certainly not worth the money. Incidently I don`t get any citrus at all.

Oct
07
2012
Parfumista2010
Parfumista2010

After having had so many perfumes in the last decades since I was a teenage beginner with fragrances and after still adoring too many beautiful scents and sometimes getting lost on the way I repeatedly turn back to MITSOUKO and enjoying it more and more with each time.
Wearing MITSOUKO is like coming home after a journey around the world, after experiencing wonderful places and adorable people, after seeing the sun rise above the mountains and setting beyond the mighty ocean.
It is my personal peach-cinnamon paradise waiting to be discovered anew with each sniff.
Admitted, at first I get this really strange "bread-loafy" note that at first put me off a bit but has become quite appealing to me in the meantime. Citrus I get only a whiff, not too dominant.
This strange entry prepares your nose to an equally peculiar deliciousness following it. The peach will step in after a short while (about 1h or so) and the cinnamon accompanies princess peach through a light-flooded forest. Actually, MITSOUKO faintly reminds me of Bois des Iles by Chanel which sports the same mind-blowing beauty of a scent but is a sandalwood monster. MITSOUKO is a cuddly chaiselongue in a very old castle with brocate curtains and tassles everywhere. Dark violet and red velvet furniture, rich dark wooden surfaces, plush and shiny and most of all : full of history.
When my mind is finding peace in this imaginary place I feel mature without counting my wrinkles and lines. This is maturity which gives you the feeling to know who you are and where you possibly might still want to go.
I own all (currently formulated) concentrations of MITSOUKO and I very much regret not being able to compare the Mona Lisa of perfume with its older versions. Reading often that the scent used to be even more haunting in its vintage formulation I am a bit envious of those enjoying the older juice.
Be that as it may : MITSOUKO is a wonderful unisex fragrance. Dorian Gray might have worn it, Oscar Wilde might have liked it (would just love to spray it on him and find out), Charlie Chaplin wore MITSOUKO (impeccable taste, definitely *g*). Chypre is not necessarily austere and bitter to the core but the "mossy" vibe is something you can access here without fully jumping into icecold water. You just tip in your toe and feel the shiver :-)
It should be mentioned that this perfume will most likely not appeal to the very young crowd, it is the scent of age and wisdom. In the best possible way. And class, needless to add :-)
"Gonna take a sentimental journey, / Gonna set my heart at ease. / Gonna make a sentimental journey, / To renew old memories."

Sep
20
2012
Castor
Castor

Nice scent. A chypre that can be easily be worn by men. It feels sort of dated, this does not affect its beauty. As all Guerlains blended at the turn of the century, the guerlinade in the basenotes is there, for all the fans to enjoy. Count me in...

Sep
18
2012
hellkat
hellkat

Mitsouko is "part of me", its one of my top 5 of all time. But I have just finished a bottle so I have none to try, and I have never before read the ingredients of its composition (I just loved it for what it was). So ... Peach??? What peach? I need to go and buy some more to find out this peach smell; I don't even recall it, and I have been using Mitsouko for years, on and off. Mitsouko for me is about what I now realise is probably the oakmoss and the chypre, and although I wouldn't have recognised any citrus, I would agree that there is probably bergamot catching my attention, but which I didn't know until recently what that was.

hellkat
searching for the peach

Sep
09
2012
alchimia72
alchimia72

I don't know the edp version, i have tried only the edt version. The beginning is very smokey but after a while it becomes warmer and the peach juice comes out. Finally I find it very fresh. I think it is one of the fragrances supposed to have done the history of the perfumes. Very well done chypre.

Sep
07
2012
Ann-Margret Stigholt
Ann-Margret Stigholt

I´m sorry 75ml I meant

Sep
06
2012
Ann-Margret Stigholt
Ann-Margret Stigholt

I was so confused to buy which I had mixed emotions against. I´ll read the story behind, maybe ". And it was like with JOY
a kind of respect for Mitsouko. But expremineting with things JUST because they´re been here a long time. I first bought a qute samplebottle, the day after Mitsouko EdT 50 ml arrived.
I don´t like that fraganse at all, to me it´s an scense that feels/smells like leather.
I´m trying to understand what it could be ????
I´m romantic and like flowery scenses, so if anybody want to SWAP that (not tought) against anything you don´t like, I´m here. Like shaving water it would be perfect.

Sep
06
2012
Matusha
Matusha

I need to add my love to this magnificent perfume. It is really where all perfume starts. Simple, enigmatic and ultimately wonderful.

Thanks to a long line of fine ladies in my life, they introduced me to Mitsouko when I was a child in the 1950s. I remember visiting the perfume counter in our elegant downtown department store. My mother's friend, a grand dame in every way(pearls, furs and elegance), would sample this and buy large bottles to wear. She offered me a drop on my wrist.

I thought what is that strange bitterness? Are all perfumes like that? They chypre is all about questions. In time, they are answered. During the ride home on the trolley car, I would start appreciating the flowers. I would get smiles and nods of wisdom from my elders. I would grow up and purchase my own bottles for years. This is one of those fragrances that accompanies one through life.

The hours of my life I have waited for those flowers to develop have all been precious. They have turned into years...My love of Mitsouko will lasts forever!

Sep
06
2012
williamvargas
williamvargas

very pleasing scent which seems to me to be more of a scent a man could pull off very easily...going to try it and see what kind of feedback i get...interesting to say the least..!! thumbs up, have heard so much about this one finally ordered a sample from the perfumed court..was pleasantly surprised.

Sep
05
2012
modigliani
modigliani

a little drop of sweat
like a pearl - full of light - slowly
making its way down a green, sunny lane

Aug
29
2012
melancholybaby
melancholybaby

On the advice of many of the reviews, I tried both the EdT and the EdP. What a difference!
In the EdT version, there is a harshness to the citrus opening, the accords develop in a rather cold way, retaining a somewhat bitter note, and the dry-down is unremarkable. It was a fragrance that was disappointing, rather bland, and certainly not worthy of the heritage of the name.
The EdP, on the other hand, opens with a warm citrus burst, bringing with it a desire to smile and sniff my wrist. The warmth continues throughout the development; the next stage is a floral-fruity heart, with the undertones of both the citrus opening and the promises of the oakmoss base. The dry-down lives up to it's promise, warm, slightly sensuous in a restrained way.
Clearly, the EdP is the one that makes it a fragrance that will be remembered, and has become a classic.

Aug
26
2012
kit1982
kit1982

EDP can last up to 10 or more hours. Great unisex scent!

Aug
25
2012
Marie76
Marie76

Finally I got a sample to try. I've been discovering this perfume for the last 72 hours and I think I'm completely overtaken, the same feeling I get when I read a life changing poem or novel.
The perfume is so balanced it's taken me ages to differentiate its notes. I get its warmth, its mistery, its feminity, its sensuality first, that's what a wonderful perfume should do to you, isn't it. But I finally did get them, the ones that I feel are peach, ?almonds, cinammon, ?sandalwood, jasmin, moss. One thing that surprised me is that I find it a bit "flirty" in me, not so heavy and serious as I thought a "serious, very old" chypre formula should feel. That's a constant with me and Guerlain perfumes, I always tell my husband they make me feel "pink", because in me they are girly. That is not to say "mitsouko" is "girly", just not as dramatic as the japanese love story it drew inspiration on might lead you to think.

In me, the oak moss is perhaps to oaky and less mossy than I would like it to, but I'm still in the "in awe" stage of perfume discovery and, I think, in love.

Aug
22
2012
rose_selavie
rose_selavie

She was here. I can still feel her in the air...The dark haired beauty, you know, with melancholy smile and almond shaped eyes. She smells like sweet peaches, tender and warm. She fell asleep in the woods, on an oakmoss bed like a fairy with a red rose near her heart. She is delicate yet strong, complex and mysterious. A scent from another era, a spicy floral chypre like no other. This is her. This is Mitsouko.

Aug
12
2012
gigi_os
gigi_os

I have all vintage versions and edt after the reformulation. I bought vintage versions after reformulated one. At first I was a bit dissapointed with vintage versions, but than I fell in love with them. Now, I am using them much more, actually I am abusing them :)
Wearing them when ever I can, at home, work, all the time. Mitsouko is really a masterpiece, and yes, I totally agree, vinatges are richer, more longlasting then new version. And yes, the best thing you can do is to buy yourself vintage edp; it is so warm, spicy but juicy with oakmoss really dominant, especially in edt vintage versions. After experiencing Mitsouko, parfum world is never the same.

Jul
24
2012
kxnaiades
kxnaiades

I have to agree that the reformulation EDP does not justice to the original scent sadly. The EDT is even worse to me. But the vintage. That's a whole other story. I would get a full bottle if I could afford it. It's warm and spicy just as its meant to be. Seductive. I don't smell roses honestly but I do get the wafts of jasmine over the spicy woodiness. Like shalimar to me, this is worth the story behind it. It's also got a melancholic air to it. It's amazing how a scent can have a story but that's Guerlain for you. Well at least the old scents. I am really really sad that I only have a very tiny amount of the vintage left but I guess it just makes it all that more special. You should really try this. Or not if you are happy with the newer formula. It might just make you disenchanted with what you already know.

Jul
13
2012
Capricious Capricorn
Capricious Capricorn

I beg you to sample both the Mitsouko EDT & EDP; big difference. While the EDT was delightful, it wasn't full-bottle worthy for me. I put on the EDP on one night a woke up to the most wonderful dry down. Immediately got the EDP and am luv'n it today.

Jul
12
2012
KSBelle
KSBelle

In my opinion, Guerlain makes experiences- not perfumes. Mitsouko is no exception. Not to say everyone is always wanting an "experience" when they spray on a perfume. Some days I just feel like wearing a fragrance that doesn't wear me. For the occasions that I want to explore another realm, Guerlain takes me places I've only been to in memories, and dreams. Mitsouko is like her sisters (L'Heure Bleue, Shalimar, Samsara, to name a few) who are not only from another place in time, but are otherworldly. I can lose myself in a single breath of these fragrances.

I enjoy lighthearted fragrances too. I have even dived into sugar-bombs and candy-floss-queens without flinching (well, maybe a little). But, I have to say, when it comes to classy fragrances, Guerlain takes the cake. I just hope the perfumes don't suffer from more reformulations with company takeovers. It would be a terrible heartbreak to lose the timeless magic that this masterful perfume house has held all these years. I imagine Guerlain either sold his soul for the secret of beautiful fragrances, or was visited by angels to create these masterpieces. Either way, I wouldn't hold it against him.

There is something to be said for a fragrance that's been worn for over 100 years. I would wear one from the 1300's and 1400's if I could find one. To think that ladies dressed up, and dabbed this behind their ears for a century or more, is magical. I feel as though, when I wear these perfumes, it calls their souls back to me. The fragrance is so rich with history that it takes on its own presence, it's own persona. One spray, and the room is filled with every woman's soul who ever cherished this perfume. The woman who wears this, is never alone....and certainly never forgotten.

Jul
06
2012
mariasara
mariasara

There is not much to add about mitsouko. A brilliant masterpiece, that´s turning 100 years old this year.This is my favorite fragrance ever: discrete, not excessevly feminine, exquisite, with an aura of mistery. A wonderful chypre that will never let you down.
Correction: Mitsouko is only 93 years old. The guerlain parfum making 100 years old this year is "l'heure bleue".

Jul
04
2012
kosmoskukka
kosmoskukka

I can easily think about the story behind this scent and how a woman can handle waiting for her Love, with the help of this scent. I got my Mitsouko bottle yeasterday and I Love it, I purchased Epd and its worth of every euro. Clasical, dry, powdery-woody flower scent, also romantical, also comforting and inspireing at the same time. Wonderfull harmony.

Jun
27
2012
fishmerised
fishmerised

I was given Mitsouko 25 years ago as a birthday present and I've never come across anything quite like it since.

At first I thought "What is this wierd stuff?" I didn't like it but it soon grew on me. The soap is delicious too, I saved that for special occassions.

A little goes a long way and it lasts well. A timeless fragrance that to me smells of exclusivity and mystery. I wear it day and night all year round, a great "go-to" scent when you don't really know what you want to wear. It never disappoints, I will always have a bottle of Mitsouko in my wardrobe.

Jun
12
2012
smelling_gr8
smelling_gr8

Oh my goodness me!I have sniffed this first time ever in the store today and sprayed it on the card and brought it home. WOW I love it, such a nice scent, very soft floral and very powdery but clean soapy powdery like a very posh bar of soap. I LOVE it, hubby loves it too, my son hates it but then he hates any scent of soap. SIGH!I don't smell any peach or bergamot but a very soft pink soapy fluffy rose with a bit of dew. This smells like a good old romantic scent to me. In the dry down it is similar to Hermes Caleche, Chanel no19 and Esprit d'Oscar Oscar de la Renta but somehow feels a tiny bit more classy than Hermes and Chanel and that is something to say as I love my Caleche/No19.
Yes, I would very much like to own this piece of class...if only I could afford it at present.

Jun
06
2012
drummagick
drummagick

I've just smelled reformulated Mitsouko for the first time. So sad. It smells like they took out half the spice and most of the moss and then diluted the remainder 300% with water.

eta: The sample I tried was EDP. It was like
a faint shadow of my pre-reformulation EDT.

Jun
04
2012
katrin1128
katrin1128

I love the oakmoss and spiciness, but I bought the edt and the sillage and lasting power are not good. Maybe should have gotten the edp.

May
25
2012
delilahcat
delilahcat

After falling in love with L'Heure Blue i thought i would be a similar story with MItsouko, but unfortunately it just clashed on my skin smelling of sharp jasmine and waxy lemon rind! i was so dissapointed after all the hype and history of its popularity in the 1940-50s, i think i liked the idea of wearing a true classic without considering my own chemistry-big mistake.
However the story has a happy ending... it turns out it smells amazing on my Mum!
On her it smells like breshly baked lemon cheese cake but not at all in a foody way, its kind of fresh but creamy at the same time and then after a while it becomes sort of powdery with a dash of rose but not at all overbearing but warm and a bit spiced. Delicous, its just a shame it doesnt work on me, though having said that i think this is a fragrance for he older generation, i dont think itd work on a younger person. So Guerlain does it again, a masterpiece!

May
19
2012
lovingthealien
lovingthealien

Surreal. One of the greatest perfumes ever, this is considered by many to be Jacques Guerlain's masterpiece. Though you can pick out just about every not in it, it's worthless to analyze the composition.

At first when meeting this fragrance, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Familiar with other Guerlain fragrances, I expected this one to be as overt and warm as the others. I was a little surprised by its subtlety; incense, citrus, and peach? I was puzzled that this aroma could possibly garner such unanimous praise.

Mitsouko is almost stark; distancing in a way. Yes, it's warm and spicy, but it's also cold like a clear winter day. It is reminiscent of nothing; it is only itself. It has note separation, but it forms a clear and complete picture. It is brooding, but light as well. As it dries down, it presents its deep, mossy chypre character with a delicate, perfectly balanced refinement. It manages to be both dirty and creamy, while being bright and crisp at the same time. The fact that this effect comes not from the quickly dissipating citrus but from the peach lactone gives it both longevity and a peculiar precision. This was surely quite groundbreaking in its day, I'd imagine. To this day, I don't think you could mistake Mitsouko for anything else (except maybe the reformulated Rochas Femme). I can only hope that the IFRA eventually removes its restrictions, so that beautiful classics like these need not be collector's pieces in museums, but a rich piece of perfume history that anyone can enjoy!

May
13
2012
preetyelly28
preetyelly28

Read good reviews on mitsouko so decided to buy it. yuck, too powdery and spicy for me

May
12
2012
gracious
gracious

I love Mitsouko. It is perfect for party nights and special occasions
Tomorrow I will go to a party too fancy, then nothing better than using Mitsouko

May
08
2012
jgirgar
jgirgar

EDP: I have to say it took me quite a while to realize I can easily pull this off. Took me just two years to get the nerve to take the plunge! Wow, I love this. I tested Chanel #5 yesterday thinking it was going to be some powerhouse and it was merely beautiful and delicate compared to Mitsouko. It has depth that I love in rich fragrances. It's a heavy hitter and means business. This is now on my top shelf of favorite fragrances and will wear this often. JG 050612

Rating: 10/10

May
06
2012
drummagick
drummagick

Addition to an earlier review - I have been wearing Mitsouko for about 30 years. Whenever the time came to get a new bottle I could only afford the EDT.

A few days ago I got an older bottle of EDP, and this is like discovering and falling in love with an even better Mitsouko. Before, all I got was bergamot then dry spices then spiced peach and oakmoss. With this, I can actually smell jasmine and rose not too long after the top notes fade and I am in awe.

Apr
30
2012
mylancome
mylancome

Mitsouko EDP: It gives me an impression of a wealthy woman of a mafia family in Shanghai, China, during the World War 2 era.

Anybody here used the pure parfum and like to share your thoughts?

Apr
27
2012
misschic
misschic

Amazing! A beautiful and mysterious scent!

Apr
23
2012
Jellybean
Jellybean

Strong spicy and warm. Oakmoss and spices are powerful twosome here. Some creamy florals, more like hints of it. This is dark earthy mature perfume. It slightly mellows out within 15 minutes; once it touches the skin it becomes richer and more aromatic. Finally there's some peach as it dries down. Foreverlasting!
I am not going to butcher it since it's Guerlain and I must admit their fumes are pure quality! This particular one is not for me (yet), but it has a potential.....
I can see this smelling and fitting great on some ladies whose chemistry embraces such a rich earthy spicy scent.
Vintage, mysterious, boudoir-like and uniquely appreciated by me!

Apr
20
2012
Norgirl
Norgirl

I have been longing to try this an finaly i got a bottle in a swapp . An edp version i heard that this is supossed to be the bet one , But sadly on my skin this is very close to Yvresse whit the peach note . this is to grown up for me .to much powdery peach, ixed whit earhty notes. This had been better on skin whit a bit off citrus note and a bit more floral.. But thats only my tast .. i can totaly see that this is a classic and a beauty for many . it just does not mix that well whit my skin. i much prefer the coolness off l heur bleau to this one . mybe to "warm" for me.. the coolness are more my type .

I think i prefer the Iris powdery smell more then Peachy powder..

This bottle edp goes for swapp

Apr
16
2012
Kiku
Kiku

I wore Mitsouko when I was a teenager -- it was $6.00 a bottle then! More than the price has changed. What happened to those beautiful peach and licorice notes? So fresh and unique. I don't smell them anymore. The opening is a horror: smokey, acrid, and almost tar-like. The heart is nice but nothing more than nice. The best part of Mitsouko is still the drydown. Soft, powdery, a bit spicy, dry. Mitsouko wasn't, and still isn't, a sweet perfume. Unfortunately, it is no longer a distinctive one either. A little echo of it's former self. A perfume of memory.

Apr
02
2012
mylancome
mylancome

I recommend people who want to try out vintage perfumes like Guerlain (or any other vintage brand), get a small bottle or miniature to try out of your skin. Don't judge a vintage perfume like any others in the market. They have layers and depth. Apply it early of the day and when evening, it smell totally out of expected.

Mar
30
2012
acv43
acv43

I ordered a sample of this as part of my endeavor to familiarize myself with the classics.
The moment i smelled mitsouko i knew it was not for me, however it has admirable longevity and complexity so i can respect it and understand its fans.
The tart juicy peach is very nice, i did enjoy that part of the fragrance, however their was a very dry powdery quality that just didn't sit right on my skin.
I did feel like it somehow referenced the Japanese woman in the love story it was so named for, i think perhaps because it reminds me of the smell of rice paper facial tissues i used to use.

overall interesting, not unpleasant in the slightest just not my cup of tea

Mar
27
2012
EK
EK

You smelled it WHEN IT WAS LAUNCHED???
In 1919..? Wow...
(sorry, I couldn't help it!)
I agree with you, it's one of those that typically need an extra try to truly appreciate it.

Mar
27
2012
anettelove
anettelove

I remember the first time i tried this when it was launched, and thought it smelled like disinfectant! So i immediateley dismissed it, but after listening to everyone saying how good it was, i thought id give it another try. Im SOOO glad i did! I absolutely love it now and cant get enough of it, i wear it all the time and ive stuck with Chanel No5 for years - that was my signituare scent... Till now!

Mar
27
2012
electric33
electric33

I really wanted to like Mitsouko. So many of the reviews are romantic and inspiring.
Unfortunately on me the scent is not appealing or pleasant.
The aroma is not one I can even identify.
I am so dissapointed. It sounds like a wonderful fragrance on the right person.
My body chemistry must be wrong.

Mar
27
2012
Katzamis
Katzamis

Again, one of the cases when a perfume smells wonderful on a blotter, but mutates on skin. I don't get any peach on my skin, mostly moss. Still, this is one of a kind scent that doesn't make anyone's heart rate faster, but makes you feel secure and confident.

Mar
25
2012
dlane1953
dlane1953

Hands down, this has to be the most hauntingly beautiful chypre fragrance in the world. I have the new formulation and have never experienced the vintage, but I'm more than happy to accept what is available now. The warm fruitiness sets it apart from most chypres; this one is a real mood-maker. The drydown makes me swoon. It just doesn't get any better than this.
One reviewer pointed out that Mitsouko is an intellectual fragrance. I agree, it's not what I'd wear for a "love-fest" evening with a man. It's too reserved and cool for that. Wear it to get a man's attention, to capture his mood and draw it into alignment with yours. It's so hauntingly lovely that most men can't resist it. But for the "down and dirty" well, you might want to switch to Femme Rochas or similar.

Mar
22
2012
finzi
finzi

I'm afraid that oakmoss may not be for me. When I smell Mistouko - on my skin, on the card, on anyone else's skin - it strikes me as aggressively green and bitter. When I tried it on my own skin I had to steel myself against scrubbing it off. After an hour I gave up and tried to remove it. I just couldn't bear the scent any longer. It's been the same with other fragrances with a similar accord, one which I put down to the oakmoss.

Ho hum. It would appear that I am a fragrance philistine - I hate Mistouko!

Mar
22
2012
jtd
jtd

Mitsouko’s most charming quality is that it suggests an aging face. Remember back in the day when people aged visibly? Qualities like patience, endurance, maybe even wisdom suggested that there was a reward to having come out on the other side of youth and middle-age. Of having gained something. There is something deserving, and in the best cases, generous to be found in an old face. Something implicitly handsome and attractive. Perhaps for worse, but, with hope, for the better, I’m aging. Mitsouko suits me more as time passes. I imagine there’s the lucky young person who can wear Mitsouko with aplomb, but I like to hope that wearing Mitsouko with that powerful grace of age is one of the better things in life that awaits me.

Mar
19
2012
gracious
gracious

For me it is the most beatiful chipre´s fragrance
I love it very much

Mar
19
2012

Mar
19
2012
yvankraft
yvankraft

Classy, mysterious and totally unissex. Mitsouko is a work of art. After so many years, encore bravo Guerlain!

Mar
14
2012
mylancome
mylancome

Finally got my Mitsuoko EDP at Kuala Lumpur. Really there's peach inside? The moment I smell it, I think of some sort of perfume that my mother use to have in the 80s, while in my kindergarden age, I like to sneak into her room to have a spray.

So this is the early Chypre, heavy in amber mixture with oakmoss. While for Sisley Eau Du Soir, that kind of Chypre is a more modern, in the late 90s. The new Chypre either is friuty or floral.

I smell a hint of Miss Dior Original, smell of Galbanum?

If you like the 80s or older Chypre, Mitsuoko is for you. It can be wore by both men and women.

I like the bottle very much after Sisley bottle. The bottle cap like a shape of a Wish Fullfilling Jewel in Tibetan painting.

The Guerlain salesgirl told me a little secret, that Queen Elizabeth II of Britain had commision Guerlain to custome made a perfume for her. Her Majesty really a cost efficent Queen, she love moderate price perfume too.

I'm proud to be a Guerlain user.

Mar
10
2012
drummagick
drummagick

I've been wearing Mitsouko since the early 1980s, but I'm still not sure I have words to describe this work of perfumer's art.

Spicy peach against dark moss. A walk in the autumn woods in a melancholy mood. Clair de Lune by Debussy.

sigh

Mar
10
2012
mymlan
mymlan

I have had Mitsouko in pure parfum concentration since 2009, but every time I try, I fail to review it.

I can only say that it is the best chypre fragrance that I've ever smelt, and I use it as reference to almost everything I try due to its outstanding quality and beauty.

Mar
10
2012
ayda1971
ayda1971

I am gutted - I have been wearing Mitsi since I was a teenager, flirted with others but ALWAYS returned to this. I treated myself to a new bottle of EDP recently and it smells nothing like it used to! I have heard that the formulation changed somewhere along the line? Still nice, but I never get the 'oooo, what perfume have you got on??' any more..
I quite like Lempicka original and midnight, but struggling to find one that has the dimensions without being too 'in your face' and flowery.
Might try the Rochas Femme??? Looking for the old-style Mitsi replacement really though...

Mar
08
2012
lolitajade
lolitajade

If Mitsouko is your favourite daytime perfume then Tuca Tuca by Lush would be it's night time equivilant :)

Mar
08
2012
pingui
pingui

Like any budding perfumista, based on the reviews and the fame of the House of Guerlain, I knew I had to experience this fragrance. I immediately wanted to love this fragrance because of (1) the gorgous bottle; and (2) a reviewer's description of a musty library. More than anything that visual of a library with old tomes, oriental carpets, leather Chesterfield sofas and waxed stained wood is what convinced me that I MUST love this fragrance. Let me tell you that it did not disapoint me!

I can totally see myself curled up and lying on one of these sofas, a jacquard throw over my legs as I read War and Peace. The fragrance opens with crushed moss, cloves and citrus, but then the sharpness fades to reveal the juicy heart of a peach that is enfolded in a crumb topping of a cobbler. The moss and the spice stays with me the entire day. This fragrance perfectly balances the mossy/earthy, with sweetness and spice. So lovely, and a fragrance I can see myself loving for many years to come.

Update: After living with this fragrance, I feel this is best enjoyed on a cool, rainy day. It's exactly the kind of fragrance, for the kind of day where you'd rather stay inside for comforts of an old movie, a good book, and maybe a bowl of homemade soup.

Mar
01
2012
madamesinn
madamesinn

So much hyperbole here and yet, not.
Wearing this fragrance felt too complex for me to describe > I have neither the skill nor the inclination: It's private.
Having owned, worn and pretty much exulted in wearing the EdP, my partner bought me the extrait which I have put away to be opened when we move to our new home (like opening a good bottle of wine or champagne, to celebrate). However,reading some of the reviews and having recently been underwhelmed by Vol de Nuit in the pure form, I have some creeping anxiety...what if the affair is over?

Feb
27
2012
sylvie.n
sylvie.n

Oh, mitsouko! Life and death! Beautiful! I love mitsouko!
Silence and peace, mystery ... the old rooms, upholstery and brocade ... old books, heroic songs, poems, all of you! Earthy, smell of falling leaves. Farewell and passing, but a new way of life is born!
Mitsouko, you are the great mystery of life, color and fragrance, a message in a bottle ...
Scent of victory and triumph.
I love it!

Feb
24
2012
jaimex1979
jaimex1979

Mitsouko... you make me feel so cozy...

Feb
22
2012
jujy54
jujy54

I have tried a decant of the EdP (uncertain of age) and bought the EdT.

EdP: peachy at the outset, "lotiony" drydown

EdT (just purchased, mos' def reformulated): Clove, all clove, nothing but clove. One dimensional and harsh.

I've heard that one loves either Mitsouko or l'Heure Bleue, but seldom both. I love LHB, which I have in EdP concentration. Perhaps EdT of Mitsy was a mistake. More likely, it just isn't a fit to my skin or my nose.

Feb
21
2012
Jilly B
Jilly B

I think this is the perfume I've been waiting for all my life...why did it take me till I was 40 to discover it? Maybe it's because I couldn't have carried this off in my 20s, or maybe even 30s?

This perfume is ME all over. What can I say? It's like finding your wedding dress, and saying 'this is IT". Of all the perfumes I've worn (and there's plenty of them) I don't think I've ever felt so comfortable with a perfume, ever.

On my skin, Mitsouko opens as strong, smoky incense, quickly drying down to a lovely peachy/oakmoss. Absolutely gorgeous. And the bottle is so pretty.

This is the first Guerlain (apart from Aqua Allegoria) I've bought, but I suspect my Guerlain collection will grow. I bought Mahora blind on Ebay after buying Mitsouko and I love it too. I see a love affair beginning with Guerlain fragrance.....

Feb
11
2012
joyjoyjoy
joyjoyjoy

once i wear it, i don't feel happy..that means it's not for me.

Feb
10
2012
elderflowers
elderflowers

I imagine that some people may still want to know what this legend actually smells like. The current Mitsouko EDT – the version you're most likely to encounter – is, to my nose, bayleaves and a couple of cloves, simmered in peach jam, over a well-constructed but not obtrusive aldehyde base. It's one of the more unusual kitchen-based (not gourmand) scents that smells even slightly mainstream. It has a vegetal musk twang that won't please everyone. It's IMO sufficiently divorced from what's currently considered feminine to be 100% wearable by a sharp-dressed man (cue ZZ Topp...)

At present, I own only a tester size of Mitsouko, though I've rapidly run through a 50ml bottle in the past. I like it very much, but something in me bridles against the adulation it receives. I want to wear it in a situation where no-one will know what it is. It's an odd duck – that's why it's famous. But I would like someone else to like the fact, not that I'm wearing Mitsouko, but that I smell of bayleaves and peach jam, with a pinch of cloves, and that's why I've yet to acquire a second bottle of Mitsouko.

Please file this review under: Pseud's Corner.

Feb
04
2012
fanofthomasbernhard
fanofthomasbernhard

My favorite one
I adore this
But one of those that not every one would love or even like
I am glad that not even known much in my country where Irresitable of Givenchy or Lady Million like fragrances are very popular:)

Jan
28
2012
margaret.fosh
margaret.fosh

This is one of those rare fragrances that one can wear from morning till night and never tire of it's scent. An uplifting aroma of sweet green fruit with a calming woody centre highlighted with vertiver.Simply Devine!If you have the chance to try - try the Au de Parfum ... reminds me of a Un jardin sur le Nil by Hermes

Jan
18
2012
Belledandy
Belledandy

This review is for the EDT formulation. There isn't much I can add that hasn't been said before, other than to heap more praise on such an unusual and wonderful perfume. Mitsouko and I are still getting aquainted, but this fragrance is akin to the solitary stray cat who turns up unannounced on your doorstep, waiting patiently to be let in, then takes over the most comfortable chair in your house as if she's always been there. You wonder where she has been, what she has seen and what brought her to you. "Mitsouko". The mystery is how you lived without her for so long.

Jan
14
2012
cinemoenti
cinemoenti

★★★★★
After first smelling the scent, I immediately fell in love with it. I can't resist. The smoothness and tenderness of the peach-oakmoss-combination is incredibly beautiful. I bought it that day. I love it, it's definitely my first choice of all perfumes I have collected. Thank you, Guerlain!

Jan
10
2012
Grottola
Grottola

TONY'S BIG BAD MITSOUKO REVIEW EXTRAVAGANZA!

Yes, folks, I know I've reviewed Mitsouko on here twice before, but now I'm ready to give it one last review for the foreseeable future. This will cover every concentration of Mitsouko I've smelled, and discuss which ones I prefer. Enjoy!

An introduction:

Mitsouko was the first chypre after 1917's Chypre de Coty. I have smelled some vintage Chypre from the 1950's, and I'd say it's a lot greener, animalic, and more "untamed" than Mitsouko. Don't get me wrong, Chypre is an awesome fragrance, but Mitsouko is a lot more accessible. Mitsouko also introduced perhaps the most recognizable and well-known subgenre of chypres - the fruity chypre. This is thanks to Mitsouko's iconic peach note that adds character and a healthy blush. The signature chypre "smell" of Mitsouko is essentially a starchy, peachy, creamy smell with an orange/cream color and a bit of sparkle. The older stuff (as well as the parfum, in some respects) adds about of dark, green mossiness. Due to reformulations, Mitsouko certainly doesn't smell *EXACTLY* like it used to, so I'll handle every concentration and formulation I have smelled. Read on.

Eau de Cologne:

Sadly discontinued, Mitsouko Eau de Cologne is my all-time favorite version. The citrus and neroli are all right there, and last a while. They perfectly compliment the chypre smell, and there's actually some spicy notes in there too! I get a whiff of incense as well as a strage lettuce-like smell (common with many old chypres) that overall gives Mitsouko Eau de Cologne a unique yet lovable character that lasts a long time. If you're a fan of Mitsouko or chypres in general, I highly recommend getting some of the Eau de Cologne.

Eau de Toilette:

The "standard issue" concentration of Mitsouko. This is the one that I recommend trying first just to see if you can handle Mitsouko. While this version is most definitely Mitsouko, I'd say it lacks the character of the other concentrations. It's whiter, starchier, and a tad bit more floral. It's a lot quieter and more conserved than the Eau de Cologne or Eau de Parfum, that's why I'd consider trying this one first because it's not offensive or intrusive at all. However, that being said, while the EDT isn't a bad fragrance by any means, it's kinda bland and lacking in character, and doesn't last as long as the other versions.

Eau de Parfum/Parfum de Toilette:

My other favorite version of Mitsouko, tied with the Eau de Cologne. Mitsouko Eau de Parfum began in the 80's as Parfum de Toilette, in a beautiful Creed-like bottle with an awesome sprayer. It was amped up to the newly coined "Parfum de Toilette" concentration to compete with the strong, bombastic fragrances of the 1980's. The Parfum de Toilette was spicy, mossy, and fruity all at once, but it smelled well-done and enjoyable, with excellent raw materials and precise fine tuning, almost like putting Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band in full stereo surround sound. The Parfum de Toilette is gone now, sadly, but it lives on in the Eau de Parfum. While the Eau de Parfum doesn't have quite the kick that the Parfum de Toilette had, it still does a great job. It's sparkly and fruity, sharing some of the "sparkle" that Habit Rouge has. There's no oakmoss in Mitsouko anymore, but for once, the tree moss works as a decent substitute. The current Eau de Parfum has insane projection and longevity - I put on six sprays and people could smell it on me from three feet away, 12 hours later! If you want the best modern version of Mitsouko, I'd go for the Eau de Parfum.

Note: The Eau de Parfum is also probably the version that people are drawing the "peanut oil" comparisons from, as there is a slight plasticky sort of smell, but it's not intrusive and doesn't last long on me. The Eau de Parfum is also probably the "peachiest" concentration of Mitsouko, opening with a luscious peach and an orange creamsicle-kind of note.

Parfum:

Perhaps the most coveted concentration of them all, Mitsouko parfum certainly does smell high quality, but it's a tad too "perfumey" on me. I feel weighed down by it. It's definitely mossier, but it doesn't project as well or last as long. It is most certainly high quality, but out of all of the current concentrations, the Eau de Parfum is my favorite.

Conclusion:

No matter what, Mitsouko will always be my favorite feminine fragrance. It has a unique smell that cannot be rivaled, and always hits the spot. Thanks to all the concentrations, there are many different ways to wear and discover Mitsouko, and if you're into perfume at all, it's totally worth it. Mitsouko is awesome and she deserves all the praise she gets. Mitsouko has seen a lot of the world, but it's easy to make her your signature fragrance, as she's lovable and adaptable to almost any situation.

Like most good chypres, Mitsouko is universally wearable, whether you're a man or a woman. It's timeless, and Guerlain has done a great job of preserving it, especially in this paranoid IFRA-driven world we live in today. The future is always uncertain, so I'd pick up some Mitsouko in case they really do screw it up one day!

Just try Mitsouko already, for heaven's sake.

Jan
08
2012
Chantal
Chantal

Last October, I took it upon myself to discover Guerlain’s more renowned fragrances. Having already fallen in love with Shalimar in its beautiful Eau de Parfum form, I began with L’Heure Bleue and Mitsouko in this concentration as well. As it turns out, I am glad I chose these, and it has been a highly interesting olfactory experience testing both of these over the last few months.

First impressions hit quickly when trying a new fragrance, and they are not easily dispelled. My personal theory is that scent associations can block our empirical sense of smell – when we smell something that reminds us of a scent we disliked in childhood, or something that belongs to a scent group that we associate with perfumes favoured by the elderly, we sometimes cannot help but peg the new fragrance, without diving into the notes. The first sniff is often confusing. It’s a little scary; we want to know what it’s all about and we want to figure it out quick. That’s when scent associations come in during this first impression.

When I first tried Mitsouko, the strong scent hit me and I cringed at how powerful it was. I was struck by the musty mossiness of it, by its old dusty rose and its overwhelming spices. As I got past my first impressions however, I was slowly drawn back into this scent, and it is very special once you get the chance to interpret the notes without the original shock. It has a depth and clarity that I did not notice when I was focussed on the spice and the moss. Mitsouko opens up to you, if given the chance, and the parts that were once scary end up being oddly sweet.

A new fragrance is a vulnerable thing. It’s there, and it is judged harshly, quickly, and some are scrubbed before they have the opportunity to properly unfold. I see the artistry in Mitsouko, and I’ve grown somewhat fond of this odd little creature. The fresh zing of cinnamon after ten minutes or so against a background of damp herbal notes is a welcome discovery. The quiet rose resides in harmony with the rest of the cast, as mellow as an autumn sunrise. This is something I wear for personal pleasure, because I enjoy the differences in every stage of its development. It may not be something one wears to please others, but sometimes it’s nice to dab something on, just because I like it – the way I like Mitsouko.

Jan
07
2012
sweetnspicey
sweetnspicey

Coco Chanel said, "Women are not flowers. Why should they want to smell like flowers?" Fair enough. But should women smell like dusty library books and sour peaches?

Mitsouko is like the bastard child of Tresor and Opium EDT. The first spritz of heavy spices smothered in an unforgiving blanket of oakmoss made me gag. So many people say this is a "green" perfume; it most certainly is not! I never expected something so harsh to come out of that beautiful bottle. After 10-15 minutes, the spices chilled out a bit and I finally detected the peach that everyone talks about, but much to my dismay, it's a sour peach.

Mitsouko really is a master at mutation--one minute old and dusty, the next minute bergamot and unripe peach, the next minute lilacs...but at no point can I honestly say I like it.

Jan
05
2012
milkyway
milkyway

To start with - I am not a big fan of bergamot, or peach in perfumes..Mitsouko seems to have lots of those two in the opening and middle notes...if not for the two of them it would have been quite pleasant to me..
The dry down is cinamoney and powdery at the same time...reminds me of a smell of rooibos vanilla chai for some reason..
I do however understand why it could be a classic, it smells different on everyone..

Jan
04
2012
Wega
Wega

I really liked the opening on this. There was a LOT of true, bright bergamot, which I love. It was great up to the 45 minute mark. It's not horrible now, at all, but there's a flat, thick something that crept in there that keeps Mitsouko from being a "love" for me. I get a spicy, unsweet cinnamon, plenty of oakmoss, and heavy woods. All over Guerlainade, which - lucky me - I am learning and coming to love.
I thought Mitsouko would feel melancholy to me, since it's supposed to, and I'm inclined to melancholy anyway. But I'm not feeling it. It is weird and a little startling, but not bad at all. I love the idea and the story behind it, at least.

Edit: Oh! Also - to me there is a similarity to Rochas Femme. Replace the flat thick note in Mitsouko with something indolic, naughty, and animalic, and there Femme is revealed.

Jan
01
2011
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

"...I can almost see a quiet, submissive, old-fashioned, almost asexual Asian woman here"

I found this comment from Syracusa very curious and interesting. It just shows how we perceive perfumes in a different way.
Mitsouko for me is not an overly sexual fragrance, maybe not even excessively sensual, but I'm sure I feel a deep, much deeper sexiness in it. Not unveiled, not displayed, but rather a deep and secure one.
I see the image of such a described lady. Most of the ladies of this style that I met in my life were wild cats disguised as quiet and even submissive. Then you look them in their eyes and you know that they know what they want. They just take it in a different way.

Dec
15
2011
LindyLou
LindyLou

It starts out nice and fresh smelling, but it turns into a bit of a spice market on me. Still pretty, but perhaps not my cup of tea.

Dec
12
2011
zosoroxy
zosoroxy

12/11/2011- Mitsouko: (Rare) blind buy (EdP), based upon reviews. (I'm in my 40's, late to fine perfume exploration). I followed the sage advice of several writers here, who instructed that upon initial test-drive, to apply sparingly- And resist the urge to inhale your wrist for at least a half-hour. So, I spritzed, picked up my child at school, stopped to buy milk, picked up the mail @ PO Box, arrived home, and unlocked the door/rushed into the house juggling 2 armloads full of keys, mail, heavy milk plastic bag handles (twisted around my wrist, cutting off circulation), child's heavy backpack, lunchbag, my own travel coffee cup, w/ everything about to crash to the floor... As I tried to (quickly) set items down on the table- without stopping- (umhh, I was urgently en-route to my bathroom!)- My H20 bottle almost toppled over. So, without thinking, I momentarily took a split-second 1/4 step back to stabilize my water bottle, & then continued rushing back into my own "wake" (of surrounding air)... BAM-A-WHAM-A! I was STUNNED by this breathtakingly beautiful, delicate, ethereal fragrance. It literally STOPPED me in my tracks. Momentarily, I was so stunned & disoriented by the beauty of the scent, I completely forgot myself- Had no idea what the incredible scent source was- Could only marvel in it's luxuriant indulgence... Then it suddenly dawned on my foggy brain, that it was me, wearing Mitsouko! (Sr. moment, I guess!)


From there, life got only better, over the next 18 hours-ish. This fragrance, I thought, is indeed one of God's wonder's- Magic & Majestic! I know that fine perfumes are **supposed to** reveal their notes, overlapping & consecutively, during wear- But I've never experienced such an indescribably gorgeous fragrance emergence :) Each stage (? not sure of correct terminology?) transitioned seamlessly, yielding ever-more-stunning scent-sation. At 5am next morning, during the instant/moment bordering sleep/wake, my 1st dream/wake sensation was a GORGEOUS aura of scent, delicate, but omni-present- This dry-down is like nothing I've ever experienced. Words cannot describe. Likewise, the entire duration of Mitsy was magically mysterious, absolutely riveting.


Needless to say, Mitsy Parfum is at the top of my Christmas wish-list! More costly than any fragrance I've ever had the priviledge to wear, but all I need is a small application, & will layer the EdP w/ Parfum. Other reviewers are so much more concise & articulate than I- One commented that the warm, sun-ripened, (almost over-ripe), luscious peach note is somewhere "far, far away"- Exactly! This is not my teen daughter's fruity gourmand fragrance (Miss Dior Cherie, Viva la Juicy, Aqualina Pink Sugar, Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb, etc.) Finally, I've arrived -
Classic fragrance w/ a whisper (Thx, caribou55313) of treasured fruit preserve / dried fruit, done right.


For reference, after 3 decades of #5 (after Love's Baby Soft/teen years), my other "discoveries" thus far: Miss Dior, Dioressence, Chanel #19 (sadly, just reformulated to "Poudre"- Summer 2011), Diorissimo, Patou Joy, L'anvin Arpege (never heard of it 'till recently), Gucci Envy (also d/c'd), Guerlain Vol de Nuit (barely sniffed it), Caron Alpona (d/c'd). I find I'm unable to tolerate too much Vanilla in any frag. (Thus, cannot tolerate Shalimar). Have tried/dismissed Caron Fleurs de Rocaille & Bellodgia (nice on others, just not for me). Hope to find samples of Guerlain L'heure Blue, Vol de Nuit, & Apres L'Ondee, (I've sampled/dismissed L'Instant- Waaay too intense powder scent)- I also hope to sample some more Caron's, & hoping someday to find a wide sampling of Serge Lutens (I don't reside near a major city, and travel to a major city isn't realistic for me). I can maybe afford 6-8 or so small samples from TPC, but would like to be discriminate w/ choices. Seeking suggestions? Thx for reading this Novel :) Happy Holidays!

Dec
11
2011
Esscentially299
Esscentially299

A long time ago I ran across a new word in a book by Starhawk. It was "poemagogic"...referring to a slippery,shapeshifting, dreamlike quality that eludes the minds attempt to conceptualize something.

Mitsouko is like that...because she is a poem in fragrance. She opens with bittersweet green spice and cool reserve, then mellows to reveal warmth and peach notes mixed with soft floral. She doesn't devolve into something linear...there is always that sense of layers and depth, and new possibilities to be revealed. She seems soft, and yet clings with tenacity, never confusing gentleness with weakness.

Not easy to get to know but never boring, Mitsouko suggests an intelligent and artistic persona.

I have used "she"...but I might like to smell this one on a man, too.

This deserves to be known as one of the great fragrances...truly excellent and very satisfying.

This was EDP.

Dec
01
2011
geekgoddess
geekgoddess

Misouko is one of the few classic fragrances that I fell in love with at first sniff. It is a contemplative fragrance, and makes me think of fall, dark velvet, and rainy days spent in old libraries. The powdery peach softens and balances the spices and moss, and the whole is so much more than the sum of its parts. If the reformulation is this good, I can only imagine how beautiful the original was.

Nov
30
2011
Sarcenet
Sarcenet

I wouldn't call this one old fashioned at all. I would call it timeless. It has a yearning, poignant, golden, smoky autumn day feel about it. It doesn't have the overpowering headache/nausea inducing fist of so many modern perfumes. Instead it unwinds around the wearer like a delicate pale golden ribbon. It has pure class and timeless subtlety. It's my perfume of choice to take me anywhere.

Nov
29
2011
nikkic78
nikkic78

Mitsouko is a perfume that comes up definitively as one of the perfumes that is a must sniff for every budding perfumista. So I dutifully ordered my parfum samples of all the Guerlain classics. While Shalimar was easier for me to understand, Mitsouko took some time but when I got it...I was rendered speechless. That peach is to die for!!! And I find myself drawn to want a full bottle of it more so than Shalimar.
In a world with a common vocabulary of OMG, LOL, IDK, SMH, TMI, people will refer to this as old lady, as derogatory as that is...because they have no other reference. It really is not their fault, being fed a constant diet of sugar, super clean, and/or fresh, instant gratification, the tendency to overshare, and quick and easy.
It's my wish we lived in a world where refined, classic values, mystery, introspection, and deep thought were more normal. I've read reviews that this reminds people of libraries and old books. One of my favorite places to be are bookstores which could be why Mitsouko speaks to me.
I know others will look at me funny when I wear this. I don't care. I know that the WTF look is due to lack of exposure not because it isn't devine. I'll just LMAO:) but I would wear Mitsouko with pride. Maybe one day they'll get it too. Maybe one day this style of fragrance will be more normal. Maybe...one day.

Nov
25
2011
Giannahazagunaka Buddhizt
Giannahazagunaka Buddhizt

Syracusa, yes but sometimes even Monica Belluci likes to wear the not so erotic perfumes from time to time, lol

Nov
19
2011
syracusa
syracusa

As a perfume lover who could actually live in a Samsara bottle (and Shalimar too) I was a bit disappointed with Mitsouko. Too soft, too understated, too devoid of glory and personality...I guess yes...I can almost see a quiet, submissive, old-fashioned, almost asexual Asian woman here. In Samsara...I see Monica Belucci or some other God's Gift to Men.
This one is just too quiet and washed out for me.

Nov
16
2011
TillyWave
TillyWave

EDP Review--New Bottle

I'm not trying to tell anyone what to do, but this is the way to wear this perfume: Give ONE good spray to the wrist, distribute to skin appropriately, and stand back. Do not wrist-sniff in the first hour. Just let it all settle. If you do get really close, you will smell strange things indeed, some good, some not so good, but these things add to the mystery and are a general undercurrent of the whole perfume.

MITSOUKO will bloom all around you, it smells sweet and slightly spicy, and it gets fresher as it wears. The peach itself ripens pleasantly as it wears on your skin.

That's all I'm going to say about the notes. What is important about this fragrance is what it does.
It wears for 12+ hours with one spray.
It lets itself be known, it is not shy or discreet. It really, really changes throughout all stages of wear, instead of petering out to some base skin scent in 2 hours.
It cannot be confused with anything else.

So basically MITSOUKO is yeah, old fashioned. It is so well composed that it fairly slaps modern perfume conventions in the face. That's why I love it.

Nov
06
2011
akats
akats

I made a blind purchase as I bought an eau de parfum bottle from internet without smelling it first. I was convinced to like it. So, I did!! It is musky, warm to my skin, and not fruity. I'm trying to discover peach or citruses, but I can't. Nevertheless, I like it's bitterness, chypre character, and it's woody notes. It is a perfum for anyone, but definately, is for me!

Nov
04
2011
jennydaisy
jennydaisy

I love this of all perfumes- it has been part of my life. It is the perfume my mother wore, and it is my most frequently worn perfume-sadly the new formulation doesn''t evoke quite the same feelings for me (although I still love it) I can't be too analytical about this because I am so used to it-other reviewers have described it wonderfully. I have it in every formulation but I would say EDP would be the best representation if you were having to choose. My favourite combination is EDP topped with the perfume (but leave it for 30 minutes before it settles - and at least an hour if you are going to eat- it is a bit overwhelming at first but settles beautifully)

Nov
01
2011
Happyme2009
Happyme2009

Weird beyond belief. I love its uniqueness, as I haven't encountered another one to smell like it. It's green, sour, bitter, pungent, almost repulsive, yet there is something of a hidden beauty and mystery inside that bottle that makes me love it. I cannot explain.
It almost falls into the same category as Bandit, which I love with all my heart, but I cannot wear often. Still, Mitsouko is a bit more approachable, feminine. The bottle is so gorgeous and nostalgic! Silage and lasting power are amazing on me, I have the edp.
For some reason, it goes well with black clothes, smoke, and red lipstick. Possibly with a glass of cognac too, or a whole bottle...oh, and of course, a very handsome and manly man nearby...
Or one can just spray it hopelessly all over anything else, and imagine the whole scene :)

Oct
28
2011
missymary
missymary

I expected a lot of Mitsouko, maybe more than reasonable, but it gets rave reviews. So I thought that it would be an exciting perfume.
It's uniquely mysterious with a sourish fruity tone. At first its striking, but soon the sourness turns dreary and depressing. It certainly has a power of its own. But a masterpiece?
It's striking and perhaps a work of art, but exciting it ain't. It's sulky and negative. I'm missing the buzz I get from perfumes such as Womanity and Bandit and L'Heure Bleue. Even when they are melancholy they have an air of vivacity and allure.

Oct
27
2011
cryptic
cryptic

Mitsouko is the only perfume I've ever owned that communicates with me. I will smell whiffs of it when I'm not wearing it or near anything or anyone that could have come in contact with it. Although I can conjure up the smell of any number of perfumes in my head, Mitsouko is the only fragrance that will spontaneously come to me out of the blue, with no thought on my part. Usually, this happens when I haven't worn it in a while, as if it's reminding me of what I've been missing.

Oct
24
2011
calyx93
calyx93

IMO, apart from Coty's Chypre, this is the standard for chypre perfumes in general. I love it, and like Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, will (hopefully) always have some with me. Like others, I lament the compositional changes to it - but I'm also glad it's still around and hasn't fallen to such drastic lows as other reformulations from other houses (i.e., Cabochard, Tabu, Opium, etc.). It still, more or less, is good old Mitsouko - and the extrait version still has some of the magic it once had in the past. The EDP is also very good - although I do admit to tampering with it occasionally and adding a couple tiny touches of real oakmoss and aldehyde C14 to decanted portions. It's one of those fragrances that seem to be appropriate for any occasion and any mood or season.

To address Abyss1001 and the analogy of wine turning to vinegar - yes, Mitsouko is a rather temperamental scent and if not stored properly (and sometimes even IF it's stored properly) the top notes can become rather distorted and sometimes even rancid or "off" smelling. So, when buying vintage examples of Mitsouko, it's best to know your sources and to make sure THEY know the history of what they're selling. I have several beautiful bottles that look gorgeous, but smell rather weird - but have found that a careful "airing out" can help dissipate some of the funky notes and bring out some of the former glory. Additionally, a tiny touch of diluted aldehyde C14 (the peach note - from Perfumers Apprentice) can breathe some life back into these older bottles.

For those who think that the extrait and EDP are too strong, I would suggest finding a well-kept bottle of the EDC - it has a much livelier peach and "church floor wax" accord and the oakmossy drydown is just perfect and has a perfect sillage & lifespan too.

Oct
20
2011
eilismaireg
eilismaireg

I originally owned this scent about 5 years ago, when I got the vintage EDP for £9! I didn't like it back then and gave it to my mum who gladly used it up.
Bored in Liverpool St station the other night, I decided to pop into Boots and have a 'sniff'. Well, I tried Mitsouko in the EDT and absolutely loved it, it's everything I wanted it to be first time round. It's like a thoughtful version of Rochas Femme, I think maybe as I've bought Shalimar and L'Heure Bleue since I gave Mitsouko away, that I've started to 'get' Guerlain. One way or another, Mitsouko is now firmly back on my want list along with Vol De Nuit. Long live these wonderful time capsules.

Oct
19
2011
Abyss1001
Abyss1001

Is it possible for this fragrance (or any, for that matter...) to spoil..much like wine can turn to vinegar? I ask because after hearing all these wonderful things about Mitsouko a few years back, I purchased a bottle and upon first spray, just felt totally sick and repulsed. I love Guerlain...and this really threw me. It smelled like a moldy, musty basement. I never detected the peach (which I love) or anything else positive about it... I re-sold the bottle on Ebay. I am wondering if anyone else has ever had this experience or is it just me...haha... I adore most perfumes and am quite adventuresome in trying them...but this was an unpleasant shocker.... Sad.

Oct
17
2011
mylancome
mylancome

Dear White, sorry to know Mitsouko doesn't works well on your skin or nose. Different nose smells different, so no need to be upset. To me it smell like high quality aloewood. It might not suits my taste other people may like it, that's why it can stands for decades in the market. Hope you find your ideal perfume soon.

Oct
13
2011
rainbow.owl2
rainbow.owl2

Dear White, so you don't like Mitsouko, other people do. perfume is subjective, there's no need to be insulting towards people who DO like things you don't. surely there is room for all opinions?

Yes, I like it. Yes, I own it. No, I am not making my opinion based solely on a picture without trying it, what would be the point of that?

Oct
13
2011
Sorcerer1001
Sorcerer1001

Bought a small sample of this. It smells very nice, bitter and green in a nice way. Im having trouble convincing myself to buy a bottle though seeing as the sample was only detectable on my skin for a few minutes and i find myself putting something else on ten later. I think the problem is that this is a scent that needs to be sprayed to aerate properly and be detectable. Mine was just a small splash vial :-( anyone have any insider info as to whether it would get better as a spray?

Oct
02
2011
Chantal
Chantal

Mitsouko Eau De Parfum

Mitsouko is a bold fragrance. It is very noticeable, overflowing with personality, flamboyantly quirky. I don’t know about the eerie deathly vibe that some people mention, I suppose that the first few seconds of my first try I might have understood why people say that, but I never felt that way about Mitsouko again after I got past it on that first try. To the contrary, it is quite lively. There’s this spicy sweetness that wafts stronger and stronger, I’ve never known a fragrance that actually gained strength after the opening before I tried Mitsouko. Because it is so strong, it might be hard to make friends with Mitsouko, but by virtue of being interesting and different, it is something that one might be tempted to try more than once. No one has to love it on their first try.

The thing that characterizes Mitsouko the most for me is Cinnamon. Maybe it’s stronger in this concentration, I couldn’t say, but it pervades the entire fragrance, mingling with the scent of spicy roses and the oak moss that adds an air of damp earth to the experience. The floral notes are not typical here, I must say. It’s more like a potpourri scent, dried flowers... But I don’t equate this scent with death or decay, because even dried flowers can smell lovely. It’s not so much deathly as it is a stillness, something that escapes that darker realm and sticks around to grace us longer still with tendrils of spice and rose.

Mitsouko maintains this firmly medium strength scent for hours and hours, at least four or five, and it is lovely. Overall, to me this doesn’t feel innocent like some people say, it feels a bit nostalgic, like it is displaced in time. This is likely why it is a hard one to understand for many. It conjures the image of dried leaves spinning around on the grass, caught in a circular gust of cold wind in late October. Life playing with something of the past. The flowers may have perished, the scent of fruit maybe be elusive, but Cinnamon breathes warmth and depth into an otherwise still scene. This is beautiful for Autumn and Winter, it’s a gorgeous way of counterbalancing that cold, sometimes dull time of year. It might be a little musty, strangely spicy, but it certainly has enough character to capture the imagination.

Oct
02
2011
barron_esse
barron_esse

I have this parfume in my closet 4 some time,but lately i gone back to it.My problem with parfums is that i can't seem to find my singnature frag...but now i seem to find it...is Mitsouko...this one is exaclty like me:playfull,elegant,misterios,sharp,independent...i don't think it's just 4 special ocassions only..although it is very strong...love 4 ever

Sep
25
2011
TankGirl
TankGirl

Mitsouko is synonimous of chic simplicity. An abstract scent for a dreamy and artistic lady. Mitsouko putted a spell on me since first sniff.
Like Shalimar Mitsouko is totally modern but classic at the same time, wearable in all seasons I believe, but I think its perfect for a rainy day in spring. Mitsouko reminds me of a river, I dont know why. I think its because its such a calm perfume, sad in a way, pale, but very very beautifull.
The oakmoss note is beautifull and it reminds me the oakmoss of Femme Rochas, but when Femme is drowned in syrupy plums (its also a favourite for me but very hard to use it) Mitsouko its fresh, herbal and vibrant in every way. The story above does relates with the scent, Mitsouko is the scent of a women waiting for her loved one.
In the first hour Mitsouko is very loud on me but after that, it calms down to a very pretty, somewhat laudry/soapy peach smell thats is extremely feminine.
Like Shalimar, another great, wearable and REAL perfume that is a burst of beauty in this plastic world.

9.5/10

Sep
19
2011
fumehead
fumehead

EDP
No other perfume has such a Jekyll and Hyde character as this. It seems to be completely different and unique to everybody so sampling on your own skin is a MUST. It’s like the mood ring of fragrance, a complete chameleon! Some days she’s kinda off and sour, on others she’s sweet and kicking.

Mitsuoko opens with sweet candied peach, yum! I very much this side to her, so modern and bright, followed by soft spices and a rose-jasmine accord. As the base draws closer, smoky moss makes its presence known, a total 180 effect when you smell fresh from the cap, if you like your scents linear, forget this one!
It is upbeat, bohemian yet sophisticated, befitting the fresh NEW mood, emancipation and energy of post ww1 flappers. M’ definitely personifies the Fruity-Chypre category and is a ‘cool’ scent best used as a signature. The whole thing is just so wearable for anybody of any age or gender, but to me it smells quite young and fruity and would fit a young, very fashionable woman who’s moving on from Miss Dior C’/Coco M’, yet still hasn’t lost her sweet tooth. Can a guy wear this? Yes! It opens girly, optimistic and sweet, but closes Smokey and masculine.

M’ may well be nearing 100 (I wonder what, if anything Guerlain has planned?) but feels modern and contemporary. After years of butchery, M’ was reformulated in 2007 and the current juice is the closest to the original scent, so sample it now!

*My review is for the EDP, the EDT is greener, lighter and a little sour, ‘bug spray’ it is not, but the EDP is light years better.

Sep
14
2011
curlykitty8
curlykitty8

I tried a sample of the EDT and within minutes it went for a sourish peach to zero! How sad! Maybe I will have the chance to try the EDP and know what a lovely scent this really is?

Sep
14
2011
mausketeer
mausketeer

I love it I love it I LOVE IT! At first I thought "Wow, it smells like something my mom used to wear in the 60's" (either "My Sin" or "Evening in Paris". Can't recall which) It is NOT what I expected (thought it would be spicier). I just CAN'T stop sniffing my wrist.....

I found my "signature" scent........

Sep
12
2011
FFLunch
FFLunch

On a whim more than anything I bought a sample of the EDP thinking, "I probably won't like it; it will be too heavy for me." I was 100% wrong. This is wonderful stuff and I think I may have found my replacement for Detchema, the scent I've worn for at least 30 years and still love -- but find it nearly impossible to find and the reformulated version lacks the magic of the "old" Detchema of the 50s and 60s.

Sep
07
2011
divadani
divadani

I wore Mitsouko when I attended an international meeting for the very first time. The meeting brought in over 60 people from all over the world, most of them being long-time experts in their fields. And there I was - 24 at the time - sitting around the negotiating table and helping organize the event. While the people were very polite, I could feel the stares and the questioning looks in my direction. Every time I got a whiff of Mitsouko though, it gave me such peace and calm confidence. The chypre encourages you to throw your shoulders back and give a withering look to anyone in your path. The peach softens the fierce 80s shoulder pads and entices you to languidly sit back, with an eyebrow arched. To me, this fragrance is the epitome of strength with a touch of classy arrogance. I can only wish to grow into the woman that is Mitsouko.

Sep
06
2011
Iluvsmellies
Iluvsmellies

I am not going to bother going over what it is or trying to capture it in words, it is all said by others. I will say what it is for me.
I wear this on quiet 'doing nothing else' days, for my own personal pleasure only. 'Wear' is the wrong word, I experience it, I savour the revelations, the richness, the autumn colours it portrays. Mitsouko is a story, I sit and contemplate each facet as it reveals itself.
Apologies for the poetic arty nonsense, but this is art!

Aug
29
2011
MizLiz
MizLiz

I had to adjust my old review because a strange thing has happened. I have fallen in love! Head over heels in crazy, can't-do-without-each-other love. I suppose it just took time for Mitsouko and be to really understand each other. I put on some of the parfum yesterday, and it all became clear: The peach skin, the incense, the jasmine heart, the mossy base. They all come together to create a golden, protective aura. Mitsouko is an autumn day that starts with a cold rain and ends in a glorious sunset. I will never be without it again!

Aug
27
2011
Christy2198
Christy2198

after about twenty minutes, I could not smell anything. I am not sure what happened, maybe my sample was not very good. However until it all faded,I did like it.

Aug
26
2011
sofiii
sofiii

Mitsouko (Parfum) starts with a really typical pre-1950s charm which is quite medicine-y-rooty-patchoulli-y sweet with a twist of chypre sweetness (which I also find in Miss Dior).
Then it gets sweeter, in a gourmand, peach-jerky fashion. Somehow it makes me think of the smell of some dim Asian spicy and grocery shops in Chinatown back in the 90s. This is not my usual taste, but it does give me a weird yet comforting déjà vu.


As the perfume gets warmed up, it gets sweeter jerky-peachy in a winey sweet fashion plus a bit deep dry wood background.

Towards the final dry down, I can smell a bit floral hint, mixed well with the above patchouli-rooty-sweet and jerky-peach smell.

Even though I don’t think I have any occasions I would be able to pull this Parfum off, I still admire how it smells so beautiful and confidently melancholy and nostalgic.



Mitsouko(EDT) is nearly a totally different story. in comparison with the Parfum version, EDT is much much thinner and sharper; as if one is a winter coat while the other is a chiffon dress for summer.
The EDT starts quite watery, dried, slightly sour jerky peach-y, with a jerky-peach-pit woody undertone surrounded by even fainter dusty floral scent(which is quite similar to what the incensy smokey smell Original Zen by Shiseido smells like).


Later on, the EDT gets dry-sour peachy and woodier, with a really Anais Anais/Original Zen kinda floral swirl. However the dried peachy woody scent is so solid which feels as if I was inhaling old wood particles at some stage (not bad tho, but…it feels physically not that smooth). And finally it dries to a smoother version of the above, with the peach comes and goes.



Tried Parfum and EDT, I personally like the Parfum more, it’s grand, bold, yet has the elegant lady-like charm, even tho the beginning might make the Parfum version a bit too strong and medicine-y, just wait and see, you might be intrigued by the beautiful body and dry out.
While EDT is seemingly easier to wear, it feels thin and lacks of the ease, the confidence and the big personality. Maybe inappropriate, but…if the Parfum was Angelina Jolie on red carpet, with somehow seemingly effortless glamour; then EDT is like Megan Fox having a great magazine cover photo taken.
Although like them both, I would always go for the former.

Worth trying (even if it’s not really your thing because it smells really classic)!

Aug
13
2011
mausketeer
mausketeer

This isn't a review because I haven't smelled it yet (???) but this perfume has brought me back into the world of scents! I stumbled across a vintage bottle for sale on-line (I had never heard of it) and when I looked for information on it, I read the reviews on here and simply HAD to try it! I can't WAIT to get it! It just sounds so intriguing! Strangely enough, AFTER reading everything, it seems to have a lot of notes in common with other scents I USED to wear (haven't worn scent in literally 20 years! I think I am a "super sniffer" and I gave up on wearing anything) I'll repost when I get it!

Fingers crossed I fall in love!!!!

Aug
12
2011
theconnection
theconnection

The Eau De Parfum is the true Mitsouko that reveals all it's deep secrets - it leaves a long trail.

The extract(pure concentrate)needs literally just drops on selected pulse points to unveil it's story throughout the day - strong enough to be enjoyed yet never dowsed on skin as to over power those around the wearer.

The extract is the truest version of the original Mitsouko that was created.

Aug
11
2011
candymarie
candymarie

@Grottola, very well said.

IMO Mitsouko is not for the casual perfume wearer looking for something pleasant and sweet, but rather for the serious perfume connoisseur. For me, it's something that is interesting to smell, but not a scent I want to wear to express myself. It is challenging rather than soothing, thought-provoking rather than comforting. A work of art in a bottle to be respected like all classic works of art.

Aug
06
2011
Grottola
Grottola

Don't worry about the various reformulations or concentrations.

Bottom line is, Mitsouko still smells like Mitsouko. There are many descriptions I could give it, but really it's a fragrance that you'll have to smell for yourself and see how you react to it.

I know this much - it's the first thing I think of when I hear the word "chypre" or think about that "chypre" smell. If you like fragrances, then smell Mitsouko. No matter how old you are, whether you're male or female.

Get to know it now, because one day we may not have these quality fragrances anymore.

Aug
04
2011
greydove
greydove

Decaying leaves
Whispers
White paste makeup
The fuzzy skin of an early peach
An autumn breeze
The powder of a moth's wing
Demure eroticism
A woman's unwashed hair
Faded letters
Peach candies
A hidden rose


Its a very "personal" scent, even a bit creepy, like spraying someone's else's body scent on your own skin. After about 25-30 minutes the ghost came to life! I could smell peach candy at one point and then silky, pale, living flesh! Unnerving! Then everything faded back into decay; a bittersweet memory. A work of art, but for me not wearable due to its fusty aura.

Jul
26
2011
krmarich
krmarich

I believe this was the 2nd true chypre, The class is rather simple originating in classical legend. The base for every chypre to follow was vetiver, patcholi and oakmoss. Mitsouko takes a few hours to reveal itself, which made it so special. Then comes the redolent heart of lilac, ylang-rose and jasmine. It would last for hours! The peach had a dried quality to it. You noticed the skin, pulp and pit at times.

That was the mystery of Mitsouko. It was launched in 1919 to celebrate the end of the War. It helped the 1920s roar. It inspired a few others within the class. The original is now sadly lost...

This is so Greta Garbo!

Jul
24
2011
pippab
pippab

A friend gave me a bottle of Mitsouko for Christmas. It's certainly not a girly girl fragrance, but much more a perfume for a mature and worldly woman. It's a mysterious special occasion fragrance and one that people always ask what I'm wearing. Guerlain are the masters of perfumery and they never seem to get it wrong.

Jul
15
2011
HappyShopper123
HappyShopper123

A potent, refined and elegant scent, this is a little too mature for my skin chemistry but I'll certainly be revisiting Mitsouko in the future.

Jul
13
2011
OlfractalInfemme
OlfractalInfemme

I get notes of powdery woods and nuts, ginger, opium, and dark citrus. On me, it never quite gels and remains dissonant. I find Caron Nuit de Noel similar in its creamy woods, but more unified.

Jul
04
2011
Parfumista2010
Parfumista2010

When I smelled Mitsouko the first time I was a teenager and fond of sweet fruity scents. This Guerlain classic was not for me back then. I hated the scent.
Now, many many years after my teenage years I re-discovered Mitsouko and I love the stuff. Mysterious and dark but at the same time a bit playful and flirtatious. What a mixture !
You need to like chypres, of course, if you wear this scent. This wonderful concoction is not for floral-lovers or for the aquatic girls.
M. is woody, slightly floral and ambery-musky. Creamy soft but noticeable.
It is a warm and welcoming, embracing fragrance. This Japanese perfume lady waited for me - and I waited for her. She was more than worth the wait.

May
30
2011
etmpewo
etmpewo

I got this bottle mainly because of the difference in reviews. Actually, I was a bit afraid to buy it and even to put it on...

But, wow, what a scent.
First I got this soapy scent, which I enjoyed but there was this odd thing I noticed.

After a while I knew what it was: clove!
Actually, I hate clove in my cheese (yes, in Holland there is clove-cheese) or any food, but into a scent... it's divine!

I have a new ''love''-it on my shelve.

May
30
2011
Louw
Louw

Nice enough, but over-hyped. Fresh, zingy and fruity over a woody, powdery base. I have nothing against it but there's nothing about it that makes me want to wear it either.

May
28
2011
panacea
panacea

As many other reviewers have already said, this is one of those fragrances that lulls you into a false sense of security and then hits you between the eyes. At first, it smells innocent and shy but there is already an edge that promises more to come.

My ex-partner bought me this one summer when we were down in Brighton, and I remember thinking I didn't like it all that much when I first put it on. I didn't think it would last long but once you get over a certain harshness immediately after application, it melts into your skin and leaves a sultry, sexy and very intoxicating scent that, to me anyway, always seems hard to pin down. It's one of those oriental fragrances that seem to slip round the corner just eluding your grasp, but leave a lingering, heady feeling that you're in the middle of something exotic and slightly dangerous. Essence of sophistication in a bottle.

May
11
2011
HazelMae
HazelMae

I won't try to repeat what's already been said, but I can describe my own experience with this.

I ordered a sample among many from the Perfumed Court after reading Perfume: The Guide. The first sniff was about halfway between "eh" and "wtf" for me. I put it down for a while and smelled other things, but kept coming back for a sniff here and there, sometimes just from reading the hype, sometimes for no reason at all.

I used up the 1ml sample, and without really liking it so much as being intrigued, ordered a decant. Tried wearing it a couple of times, still feeling like I'm not getting it.

One day a ylang-oakmoss accord in another scent reminded me of Mitsouko, so I went to try it on again...suddenly, LOVE happened. Quickly followed by addiction. This is the first time I ever looked forward to getting home from work just to put on a perfume. I end up sniffing my wrist again and again, to fall into that bottomless velvet cream plush. Remembering the initial eh/wtf reaction, I would feel funny wearing this to work but maybe I'll get over it.

This is love on the level where I'm angsting over the idea of wearing it too much and burning out the pleasure circuits, yet at the same time feeling like nothing else can stand up to this. I want to take a bath in this stuff. So I guess you can sign me up for the lifetime supply of Kool-Aid now.

This review is for the EDP, not the EDT. The two are very different.

May
04
2011
Grottola
Grottola

This review is of the vintage Mitsouko Eau de Cologne.

Mitsouko opens with a blast of peach, bergamot, rose, and spices with a weird lettuce-esque smell underneath it all. Once it settles down after a few seconds, a fuzzy peach, some peppery spicy notes, and a faint hint of indolic jasmine over a woody oakmoss base are what I smell. After about half an hour, the peach fades away gradually and the spices, woods, indolic notes, and oakmoss remain, slowly but surely. It has a very full, "plush" feel to it. This stage lasts for hours, a surprise for an Eau de Cologne. It is also at this point that I am somewhat reminded of Patou Pour Homme (also in the opening with the peppery notes), but quite faintly.

Mitsouko is a fragrant masterpiece, and now in my top 5. It truly is beyond gender, and just smells freakin' delish. It's not the kind of fragrance you would have to adapt to - it will adapt to you, and you can make it YOUR fragrance. Beyond gender, beyond season, beyond age, beyond time, and beyond great.

Apr
26
2011
Siv55
Siv55

This seems to be a love/hate one. I hate it. Horribly sharp and then seemed to just become powdery. I have read it has been reformulated, which never bodes well. I liked the bottle but the stuff in it is just weird.

Apr
26
2011
Adorabella
Adorabella

I expected a lot from this fragrance with its history and the laudatory reviews from L. Turin and C. Burr. At first sniff I was intrigued. It didn't smell too dated--but had a more classic air about it (dated and classic can be sooo different). While I was expecting a lot, I wasn't sure that it would be something I loved. I decided to first spritz it on a sticky note before I attemped to smell it on my skin. It smelled good on paper so I decided to take the plunge, fearing that if I didn't like it, it would be strong and difficult to scrub. Five minutes in I liked it, but after that I had a terrible reaction to it. I couldn't stop coughing--hacking, really, and deciding the perfume was the culprit, I tried to scrub it off. My hacking continued and then finally subsided. Afterward I decided to investigate what might've caused my strong reaction and I believe it is the oakmoss. I don't know if it really has oakmoss extract/oil or whatnot, but there is a lot of literature detailing sensitivities to oakmoss. I will never put it on again, and I'm sad that I couldn't enjoy this classic.

Apr
23
2011
Convict13
Convict13

This is quite an intense fragrance, you need to ensure you don't overuse as it could be a little too strong. It is the fragrance that I wear when I am going out to something special. Charlie Chaplin used to wear this all the time apparently.

Apr
21
2011
MeganFrankie
MeganFrankie

My first impression in the store was one of uncompromising irksomeness. Why would anyone want to smell of pungent grass? I wondered. But after some study of the perfume (the movie star Ingrid Bergman apparently wore it), I went and bought it, wanting an everyday perfume that was not too sweetly floral.

Well that morning all through work I walked with a lovely, lovely lady from the 1940s - strong enough not to have to depend on beguiling men, yet exquisitely feminine. The mixture of spices and woods add a kind of fresh air and outdoors evocation of hay and grasses substance to the perfume - like a woman in overalls rolling up her sleeves and getting to work. Yet the beautiful combination of citrus, peach, jasmine and rose shine through after a while like clear glassy sunshine.

I wore Mitsouko everyday on a recent holiday in the country and it blended in perfectly without screaming 'I'm here!' the way certain modern chypres do. In fact it could go anywhere - for casual as well as more glam occasions. Though when going casual, be sure to wear beautiful lingerie underneath and Mitsouko will treat you with the respect you deserve.

Apr
17
2011
dodacon
dodacon

Regardless of what you may read elsewhere, MITSOUKO was created for Serge Diaghilev, impresario of the Russian Ballet, who died in 1927 and is buried on the Isle of the Dead in Venice. Stravinsky is buried beside him.

If you can't wear MITSOUKO because your friends recoil, it's because you've no idea of how to apply MITSOUKO - and I will guarantee that you won't be able to wear FRACAS either. These great scents require an experimental, delicate and distant hand if they are to be appreciated - a squirt will never, never do...

Apr
14
2011
Salt
Salt

I'm not familiar with the history of Mitsouko, but after reading fragrantica reviews I decided to buy a small sample bottle. I purchased the EDT. The first thing I noticed was that there was no immediate aldehyde smack in the face when wafted directly from the bottle. The opening sent was similar to talc and this transferred directly onto my skin- soft, gentle talc. After about fifteen minutes, the talc gave way to vetiver, and I was reminded immediately of the ex-patriot women I met in Papua New Guinea. Images of strict and hardened women- ancient nurses who stayed behind after the war to serve and heal the communities who supported them. The dry down is quite nostalgic- vetiver settles, talc revives and creamy, musky amber steps forward. Mitsouko is a beautiful, inoffensive sent... for someone else, in another time and place.

Apr
13
2011
Natalie467
Natalie467

There's not much that I can write that hasn't been written here already about Mitsouko. Timeless, ageless, classic. I own a bottle of the current EDP and a micro mini of the vintage parfum, both beautiful although they differ a little from each other. The current EDP is slightly sharper, the vintage parfum is creamy and soft without only a bit of sharpness. The EDT is the sharpest of them all. I don't recommend the EDT. They all possess the aroma of fresh peach and flowers upon a luxurious bed of moss and vetiver.

Whenever I wear Mitsouko I feel like a queen, even if I'm wearing jeans and sneakers and just running errands, it makes me feel elegant and dressed up no matter what.

One of these days I'm going to get my hands on a bottle of the vintage parfum, my little micro mini isn't going to last forever-even though a drop or two is enough at a time. Until then I have the EDP to carry me over.

Apr
05
2011
sgraifman
sgraifman

Ick. I'm one of the ones who "doesn't get it". I tried this on, and co-workers actually recoiled and leaned backward when I tried to talk to them. Don’t do that to your friends, family and co-workers! If you're going to wear this scent, make sure other people have the opportunity to get away from you.

Mar
29
2011
viewdemonde
viewdemonde

Mitsouko is IT!! Almost any other perfume is merely passing the time.

Mar
29
2011
KasiaS
KasiaS

Sometimes things just don't work for you and a frangrance. Probably I am a member of l'Heure Bleu Party (and surely the Jicky one). Still, I prefer when it doesn't work with creations like Mitsouko than when it works perfectly with an easy-to-bear crap!
Some relationships, even if unhappy, leave you wiser and richer and make you remember forever.
Take the risk and at least try Mitsouko.

Mar
13
2011
Envyblack
Envyblack

I love you Mitsouko!!! ;) il migliore!!!

Mar
13
2011
Sparks
Sparks

I tried, I really did, multiple times. A thing does not become a classic for no reason so I wanted to see the beauty that everyone else sees in this. I can't. I just can't. Maybe someday I'll get a chance to smell it on someone for whom it works and discover the beauty that way, but on me I get foam rubber, old, stale, cheap perfume, and something...burnt, or maybe it's the foam rubber, left in the sun so long that it's starting to crumble. >sigh

Mar
08
2011
Tigerlillian
Tigerlillian

I believe Mitsouko is the epitomy of the genteel nature of a classic Japanese woman--deep, reflective, reticent, considerate, almost to the point of betraying her own heart.

The way this perfume continuously transforms gives this story a certain underlying restlessness, full of character all on its own.

On meeting Mitsouko, I'm greeted with a gentle smile--bright yet with a little austerity.

Then she softens and glows with peach, ylang-ylang and roses in the forefront. Then there's a noticeable scent of patchouli that surfaces as Mitsouko retreats to the shadows.

At this point I'm reminded of Hermes 24, Faubourg. But where 24 flutters away with Botticelli angels, Mitsouko digs her heels firmly into the ground.

Velvety, yet bittersweet is the dry down. Rich oakmoss and dry, earthy vetiver with a pinch of cinnamon that offers a feeling of empathy.

Not entirely my style, but I feel honored to have met this legendary lady.

Mar
04
2011
ClockworkCat
ClockworkCat

Mitsouko is my signature fragrance. Before I found Mitsouko I had never had a signature, only a collection of 'perfumes I liked' and a couple I would buy again. I can wear Mitsouko in any situation, in any season. Mitsouko changes and adapts just like I do.

I love many of the Guerlains, especially the older ones but Mitsouko is why I consider Guerlain to be my favourite perfume house. Have you ever been in a mossy forest at night when it rains? Eaten peaches during a thunderstorm? I would throw out the rest of my perfume collection for a tiny bottle of the pure perfume oil. I would cagefight the brilliant Dr. Luca Turin for the last bottle on Earth in the event of an Apocalypse (Read Perfumes the Guide btw, Dr. Turin's review of Mitsouko is excellent).

This scent seems to have no time, it is old and young. I imagine a timetraveller could wear Mitsouko in any age. I am glad that my man loves Mitsouko too, because I would never give it up for anyone *^_^*

Feb
18
2011
BetsyMeszaros
BetsyMeszaros

I got a bottle of the Mitsouko EDT in a Guerlain miniature collection that I bought in 2000. I loved it and always wanted a vintage bottle of Mitsouko pure perfume before the re-formulation. I found one and paid a small fortune for it. Today I wore it. It smells like cheap bath soap to me and makes me feel really old -- which is hard to do since I am pretty old -- but not this old. Maybe the bottle I bought has turned or wasn't stored properly. Later this week I will wear the EDT from the miniature collection and do a comparison review. Right now I'm stuck with a very expensive bottle of perfume I will never wear again.

Feb
16
2011
knit_at_nite
knit_at_nite

Mitsouko- The Queen of Chypres. Don't overlook the vintage Eau de Cologne formulations of this, or any Guerlain,really. They are not insipid and have much character.

Feb
13
2011
poison
poison

I finally made myself courage to say few words about this one.

Mitsouko seems to be one of the most appreciated perfumes by the people that has good taste and knows something about the history of perfumery and about their evolution.
I find Mitsouko a pleasant fragrance that doesn’t scream “I’m here and I’m filling the room with me”.
I really appreciate the uniqueness of this scent and the fact that is a quite equilibrated chypre.

I don’t love perfumes for only being nice smelling, cause even detergent smells beautiful, but I love a perfume if it is unique and has the capacity to melt something in my heart.
I appreciate as well that Mitsouko is still on the market after so many years and that people still wear this, but honestly I think that they are other perfumes that are even better than Mitsouko and that are divine as well.

I know that many of you will say, “oh, look at this peasant, he doesn’t know anything about perfumes, Mitsouko is a sort of Gioconda of perfumes”, but I am not planning to be one of the many people that makes an “elogium” of Mitsouko without serious reasons.
Yes, I appreciate it, yes I like to smell it (not to wear it), but no, I really don’t find it to be THE perfume, to be the alpha and omega of chypres or fragrances in general.
Actually I think L’Heure bleu is better even though it is not a chypre.

Feb
07
2011
ReinaT
ReinaT

The story behind it implied an oriental theme, so I was expecting something like Opium, Misuki, Shalimar, Poison, even a soft oriental like Ombre Rose. It is nothing like that. I do not think it smells like an oriental bouquet at all. I find this perfume to be soft and a little citric, I can definitely smell the fruit in it. I have the older, original version of it, but I'm guessing it's still the same? Anyway, it comes out kind of strong, but that leaves quickly, and I need to use a lot of it; although there are citris notes, it does open up to sharp woodys scent, but that dies down pretty quickly. For me, it doesn't last long on the skin. It is pretty and soft, but not something I love or can't wait to wear. Nothing magical about it. Definitely for a younger woman and day use. And I know this will sound strange, but on me it smells like when you get a fragrance sample in a magazine, they way the paper smells. I know that makes no sense at all, but that's actually what it smells like on me. Anyway, the bottle is nice.

Jan
29
2011
floof
floof

It is... perfect. I am in love, no specific note really stands out in this historical perfume that has been around nearly a century. I have not tried the edp but I got a 1oz edt on amazon for 20 dollars and cant wait for it to arrive! Till then my very large sample will have to do (amazon has a set of the "classics" and this along with samsara, shalimar, insolence and l'instant- I love every single one, but this one is special, very wearable and unique. I love fruity chrypes and guerlain hit the nail on the head for what this 21 year old would be perfectly happy to smell this around and on me at all times, it is interesting, not tiring. I would have never bought it if not for guerlains samples, the notes didnt really intrigue me too much but now I find myself a little obsessed with this one. Much more wearable than shalimar, but still has a classic yet modern feel. Timeless and gorgeous, I think I smell some violet, this fragrance is driving me nuts with adoration.

Jan
25
2011
Mad-Lainey
Mad-Lainey

I usually stay away from Guerlain fragrances but was really curious to try Mistouko. Thanks to one of Fragrantica members (thank you, Fruitcake!) I have a chance to indulge in it...
Mitsouko is not an easy fragrance, so to speak, partly because the notes do not seem to do it justice - from the notes you may have an impression of a fruity marmelade, but the whole projection of Mitsouko takes you through the unforgettable journey...
Its projection will get you down on your knees, Mitsouko feels like hundred-dimentional fragrance, it develops on your skin in so many ways!!! Every 10 minutes I sniffed my wrist it smelled different. It felt like a flowerbud reaching the full bloom stage in one day...
Mitsouko has the same personality all day long but seems to make faces and change its moods several times as you wear it all day...
Incredible one, unique one, truly one of the kind.
I expected to possibly like it and wear it every now and then but what I got in return is a feminine ecstasy, a feeling Mitsouko belongs to me...and another great thing???? No women from my work or personal environment wear it. You will not get lost in the crowd wearing the same fragrance...
Me and Mitsouko - till death do us part :-)

Jan
25
2011
sanziana29
sanziana29

Just the perfect fragrance in the world! Luca Turin was right! Thank you Jacques Guerlain! (EDT). Finally I found my perfume!

Jan
15
2011
oona noir
oona noir

Mitsouko (current EDP) smells like a dusty library for the first twenty minutes, but after that it smells like a cross between Tresor and Chanel No 19, but better. Peach, spice, green, rose, DEEP. I have the sense of a warm summer day with friends and a cold winter day reading a book by myself- simultaneously.

Dec
28
2010
Lady Love
Lady Love

(Review Edp 2010)


I was prepared to smell something unique, or feel something that I've never felt before, because everybody talks about Mitsouko and It's Magic.

When I first opened the bottle and took a sniff, I had a rare experience when this reminds me in a big way of Rochas 'Femme'. I know Mitsouko and Femme are in the same group of Chipre Fruity Fragrance, but i feel a little disappointed, because I didn't expect both scents were so closely related.

But there's a difference, because Femme smell more like Woody and leathery, and Mitsouko is much less aggressive, and there is certainly a strong presence of jazmin and Rose notes, accompanied by spices. So I feel Mitsouko is more easy to wear than Femme.

When this fragrance slowly start to fade (after 8 hours), i smelt another surprise, my nose Began to detect some similarities between Mitsouko and Miss Dior (vintage)(another Chypre Legend). So I came to the conclusion that Mitsouko should be considered as one of the most imitated perfume of its generation.


Anyway this fragrance is Still the Best Chypre in the world. It has great sillage, strength, and longevity.

Dec
27
2010
aquila_2009
aquila_2009

Hi.

MITSOUKO is one of the best NIGHT scents.A heavenly feminine elegant scent that evokes wonderful memories as it is a unique part of your personality.It have a timeless appeal which transcends time.Mysterious,Classy,Warm,Heavy, Exquisite,Classic,Generous,Traditional and Unforgettable.

It has Floral-Fruity top notes that reveal Citruses,Peach with a soft spicy touch these lead to the Warm and Mossy base notes ruled by Amber,Okamoss and Vetiver as it has a lot of hidden undertones that seems to come out at different times of Night.It smell makes precious effluvium and transport it to Everyone.

It is strong but not overpowering or obnoxious.Regardless MISSOUKO is a must try,this classic scents possess a charisma that nowaday perfumes are lack it.no doubt it appropriate for COLD EVENINGS and i recommend it to a High Class and Dignified Lady in SPECIAL occasions.Heaven in a Bottle.

Sillage?Great.

Longevity?Magnificent on my skin.

8/10

Dec
26
2010
moly
moly

Thanks to Cereza I tested yesterday the EDT version. And I'm in love, this is faboulous fragrance. My wishlist becomes longer and longer and Mitsuoko is on the top now. It blends with my skin so well. Mitsuoko is sophisticated, subtle and elegant, it made me so happy.

Dec
14
2010
Cereza
Cereza

I'm surprised of how much I love this. I put this on my wrist and got intense, sharp scent coming I dislake'd at the first moment. But then when it settled down and started to do it's job - by this I mean working with my skin chemistry - I fell in love. It's very green and a tiny bit sharp, but the flowers and peach together are mixed with sucha a creamy delight, that the "sharp" greeness works only to give some fresh feeling, mostly it's just creamy and comforting fantasy. On me it's very feminine and very french. I can see a dark haired woman, with high heels and little black dress on, with pearls around her neck, cigarette in her mouth, little bit cold look, but very alluring and seductive. The kind of "I know what I want and I always get what I want". This is no gentle, girly perfume, I find this to be a WOMAN perfume, strong, powerful, seductive, loving herself deeply and not caring much what others think.

It's magical.

I'm very happy about the fact that I'm trying this today, because this made my day beautiful. I tested L'Heure Bleu some time ago and it did not work well, but Mitsouko does. It works perfect with my chemistry and I feel very connected to this perfume and I know that at the point when I'll get my hands on the bottle I'll feel very pleased and "myself" wearing this.

I'm still not sure which version I'm sampling, so I'll update this review after Sissi replays what kind of sample did I receive.

UPDATE: Review was for reformulated EDT.

Oct
29
2010
wprofumo
wprofumo

After Dior stopped making Diorama, I moved to Guerlain's Mitsouko EDT and wore it every day for about 15 years and thought I would never need another perfume. Then it seemed to change so I stopped wearing it. I tried the EDT again 2 or 3 years ago, and it was just no good. I probably need to try the EDP or Perfume as Doc Elly and others suggest.

Oct
26
2010
DresdenDoll
DresdenDoll

I have never smelled anything like this.
I wanted to love this, as it's Mitsouko, a classic, but somehow I didn't. But I didn't dislike it either. It is so distinctive that it really stays with you.
To me this is the epitome of 'chypre'. I very much smell the oakmoss and ylang ylang and a bit of the peach too. It's dusky and powdery and seems to me to be the 20s distilled and put in a bottle.
Very interesting scent, worth trying just to experience it.

Oct
22
2010
Vanilla violin
Vanilla violin

My first impression of Mitsouko was not a good one. It was a blind buy and until the end of the day I wanted it out of the house.
Eight months later I got a sample after a swap and decided to give Mitsouko one more try. It was an EdT version, like the one I had tried before.
The crystal clear vetiver was the first to make an entrance, followed by sweet peach and soft moss, and it was divine!
The perfection took my breath away and I cannot help wondering why on earth had I such a negative reaction the first time!
Mitsouko is a masterpiece and I am so happy to have tested it for the second time! This is a love at second sniff, but oh, how madly in love I am with this fragrance right now!
My point is, if you don't like it at first, try this fragrance again a few months later, give it one more chance to show its beauty, because it is superb.
Now I am a proud owner (again)of the above mentioned EdT.
My husband and my eleven year old son love it and commented how tender and harmonious it was.
I am getting the pure perfume for Christmas.

Oct
15
2010
IamWoman
IamWoman

I am so saddened by the fact that after receiving Mitsouko this past weekend for a wedding, this fragrance is definitely not for me. I don't understand it. I love Guerlain's fragrances...I always have; yet, this definitely did not agree with my chemistry...rather "musty" smelling, nothing "blossomed"...it was just rather flat and musty. I'm sorry to say, it's going back.

Oct
11
2010
Scarlet39
Scarlet39

Mitsouko is a beautiful perfume. Her history, her Frenchness and above all her smell. I don't know much about all the notes but I do know that on me, she smells gorgeous: subtle, old money associations, cool at the start, warm in the end. Cinnamon and cloves are spices that I love in perfumes and are very prominent in Mitsouko. Over all I find it an unique scent, perfect for the fall with a touch of sadness in it.

Oct
11
2010
missk
missk

I still have a lot to learn about chypres, so it made perfect sense to try one of the world's most famous chypres, Mitsouko.

'Perfumes: The Guide' uses Mitsouko as their chypre reference, hailing it as one of Guerlain's best masterpieces. I'm young, not really a big fan of chypres, however I do agree wholeheartedly on that definition.

Mitsouko is warm, slighty spicy, mossy, citrusy and dry. This fragrance tends to be so complex that it is difficult to pinpoint any particular note at any given time.

While this fragrance may be classic and extremely well-known, there is a sense of timelessness in this fragrance. It doesn't age as it makes an easy transition into a new century.

The classic Guerlain's continue to amaze me. Mitsouko is just as worthy of praise as those very distinguished Shalimar and L'Heure Bleue bottles. It is a pity that Guerlain now produces fragrances that don't live up to its renowned name.

While mostly green, crisp and earthy to my nose, (a scent that I'd also recommend to men), I feel a sense of velvety softness, something that settles on my skin like a harmony of silky florals and creamy goodness. This contradictory experience both confuses me and allures me at the same time.

Perhaps the reason why this fragrance is such a masterpiece is because it can evoke so many different feelings and opinions. Mitsouko is not something I can imagine myself wearing, however it is something that I could have the desire to smell every few seconds if I had the opportunity.

Sep
24
2010
Kterhark
Kterhark

(EDP review)
Since this is described so well below me I’m reviewing how it makes me feel.

Happy.

Danes, they say, are the happiest people in the world. I’m part Danish, and Mitsouko, more than any other scnet, makes me happy. So I tried to determine why.

When I sit and experience Mitsouko, an image floats to mind: springtime in Minnesota, where I grew up.

I remember that I always went trick or treating in a snowmobile suit, because it always snowed before Halloween. It retreated in April, and I’ll save you the math: that’s six months of snow.

As the snowmelt raced for the gutters the grass shoots rushed in the fill the void and the springtime flowers began pushing their way out of the ground.

Sometimes I would run into the retreating snow piles, barefoot and in shorts, and release six months of cooped up frustration: “HA!!! IS THAT THE BEST YOU CAN DO???”

Mitsouko is the best perfumery can do

Sep
21
2010
Doc Elly
Doc Elly

I have had the EdT version for quite a while and, although I liked it I can’t say that I was blown away, or even particularly impressed. However, I recently got a decant of the EdP and - Wow! What a difference. It makes me wonder if the EdT version that I have is a reformulated one and the EdP an older one. The notes are similar, but the EdP is wonderfully strong and unique. It starts out as a blast of citrus, spices, and flowers, quickly developing a soft peach note that makes it all work together as an incredibly sensual whole. The sharp green notes play against the soft, warm peach and oakmoss in a counterpoint that is absolutely delightful. As soon as I sniffed the EdP I understood why this scent has endured for nearly a century and been praised so highly. Mitsouko is the ultimate chypre, a must-try for every perfumista.

Sep
10
2010
cherubkiss
cherubkiss

I could not make my mind up about this fragrance, I found it strange unlike any perfume I ever worn. I could smell fruits, spices, woods and a very delicate rose. I stopped smelling my wrists and let this perfume take me on its journey of pure mystery. A strange and very beautiful perfume that will take you on journey that you will never forget. An outstanding classic.

Sep
08
2010
Maki
Maki

This is my second review on Mitsouko
(the EDT by the way) because now that we're moving on to fall, I took a more 'serious' spritz today.

And wearing it now, Mitsouko is telling me exactly why classic perfumes do distinquish themselves from the modern frags (note the difference: I'd never DARE to call Mitsouko a 'frag' while I don't hesitate to call the modern scents 'frags'...-;)!)

A classic scent like Mitsouko tells me stories and puts images into my head..images of old libraries for instance, of books and of turning pages - Mitsouko makes me smell why I like to look things up in books rather than to surf the Internet...I LOVE the smell of books and I LOVE the time and attention it takes to look things up...asif it does more justice to my curiosity

So to me the difference in wearing a classic scent like Mitsouko or wearing a modern frag, is like taking serious interest in things instead of just googling a bit...

Don't know how to put it otherwise, but the real classic scent-lovers will understand....

Aug
29
2010
eilismaireg
eilismaireg

tried this one again yesterday and I have to say, as much as I think I should like it, I do not. There is a note of decay in it that makes it a depressing composition to wear. I love the lactonic element which it shares with Rochas' Femme (my favorite) but somehow Mitsouko comes out like Femmes miserable little sister - there is no joy in wearing this - not on me, anyway though usually Chypres' bloom well on me. (this review is for a pre reformulated bottle)

Aug
18
2010
autumn89
autumn89

The strangest perfume i have ever come across. I just cannot work out if it is beautiful or repulsive.

Bizarre.

Aug
11
2010
Raina
Raina

This is a beautiful classic, but unfortunately it just doesn't work for me. Perhaps its the younger generation's slow movement away from chypres that has shaped my fragrance preferences, but Mitsouko just doesn't do it for me.

It starts out rather loud and like hairspray- a classic chemical smell that is the very definition of all chypres, morphs into an old fashion bath powder smell, and then dries down as a beautiful and soft floral that is really unfortunately overshadowed by that hairspray smell.

I won't deny that a part of me just loves this; its classic and sophisticated and elegant. Like a quiet love story softly blossoming across the skin. It's downfall for me was the chypre; no matter how beautiful the floral is, it is just too drowned out beneath the chypre ingredients and I cannot forgive that hairspray smell.

If there were a version of Mitsouko with no chypres, I can see it doing very very well on the market today among the younger generation. As it is, I suppose this will remain appreciated among a few select classic fragrance appreciators, as well as on my shelf for the occasional sniff and dream of what might have been. Oh Mitsouko, how I wish we were meant to be.

Aug
09
2010
Sissi
Sissi

An epic tale in minimalistic detail with
clean sinuous lines reminiscent of Art
nouveau made from an Occidental point of view of an Shinto temples of the island
of Japan and an austere elegance.

the note of Oakmoss predominates much of
this scent drying in the sun with a gentil breeze dries to a suble orange note and with sweet peach that is not cloy to your
senses.

Next Delicate white roses blooms in a
simplistic Garden pathway where a Geisha
with her modest aura plucks an rose and
smells it gentily when the night falls
the scent of night jasmine roams the nocturnal sky and the nuances of Ginger
spices and cinnamon make this complete.
every fragrance tells a story or conjoures feelings or images

For me Mitsouko conjoures feeling of wistfulness and melancholia like star-crossed lovers from two different worlds
ala Sayonara with Marlon Brando a romance between an american air force
Major and an Japanese entertainer forbidden by both sides with tragic results Madame Butterfly with an american admiral and his Japanese Paramour or an small shrine silhouetted
in the center of an island on the Rising
sun dedicated to Amaterasu Goddess of the sun and the smoke of sandalwood incense dances to the heavens.

Mitsouko can be spiritual wistful calm
simple distant aristocratic distant and
Melancholy.

Jul
24
2010
elusivek
elusivek

This is such an unusual fragrance. I can't even place what the top notes are. It's a scent that is mysterious; it seems familiar...yet not. I can't say that I like the top notes, however the comment about letting Mitsouko "find" you is on the money.

I think what really amazes me about this one is depending how close you are, you can get different distinct aspects of this complex potion. At a distance I can smell light powder (a note I normally detest but this one serves to comfort you and lure you in, almost deceptively). Move a little closer and I get more of the floral which is powerful yet delicate. Closer still and you get the spices. It's a perfume with a multifaceted personality depending on how far in you dare to go.

To sum it up, from afar it is regal but distant. Come in for a second look (or sniff) and you are drawn in to delicate fullness of the floral heart. Lastly, once you are allowed all the way in, the passion is reflected in the intensity of the soul. In this case spice with a warm sensual ambery base. Exotic, intoxicating, mesmerizing, but never overdone. The elements are torn between one another, at odds with each other, yet in perfect synchronicity.

Extraordinary.

Jul
24
2010
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

Mitsouko is THE perfume, but it’s not for me and not now.
I had a chance to smell almost all formulations since 25 years ago. It changed, yes, but the concept is still there.
It’s a difficult scent for me to wear. A haunting mysterious beauty that definitely needs the right wearer or end up in a disaster.
I’m not talking about age. It’s more about a certain personal energy that you might have at 20 or 80, even if it doesn’t happen very often for a girl aged 20 to have that energy.
It can be perceived as a granny scent and this is just normal for a perfume that has been around for so long time. My grandmother didn’t wear Mitsouko but I smelled this on so many aged women that it more or less it became a perfume related to older women for me. Anyway it changes according to body chemistry and as mainly all Guerlains is an alive creature. Mitsouko is a creature of the darkest greenest wet forest and it’s female. Smell of a woman. Introvert, deep with lively up tones of ripe peach and vaguely fish smelling.
At the moment I know only one lady who wears it, not a young one but a very extravagant one for sure! I much prefer other Guerlains on me, but Mitsouko is a weird and familiar smell that makes me confortable.
EdT is also very nice.

Jul
12
2010
Maki
Maki

What you should not do, wearing Mitsouko, is to try and find it, sniffing it, breathing it...making sure it's still there and making sure you're pleased with that fact.
No, you should just 'do your thing' and Mitsouko will find you, surprising you, pleasing you, teasing you...
That's what Mitsouko is about...

Jun
21
2010
delphine67
delphine67

very nice perfume. I had it some jears ago. it smells on me powdery and soft. I still like it.

Jun
18
2010
Manya
Manya

I loved the powdery background which to me smells like rice and I expected it to be the same on my skin.

But this scent blends so perfectly well with my skin chemistry that the powder is gone in a matter of minutes...

I would still buy it without hesitation! A true classic, dignified & proud. I'd just spray it on a scarf to get a more powdery sillage :)

Jun
09
2010
applemint
applemint

At first sniff from the vial it's a green park by the bakery.
Then on my skin a car pulls up, parking down front of the bakery with engine running.
Thankfully a lady appears and stops for a minute by the bakery.
She is not young, her up-tied hair and pencil skirt is drab, her silk blouse is faded, emanating the memory of a vintage floral perfume.
But it seems that the gas-fume bothers her and she disappears.
I have to go too, this is too urban for me here.

Jun
04
2010
chyprecat
chyprecat

I was listening to BBC Radio 4 one afternoon and on the show that I was listening to, they were discussing perfume with a young 'nose', new to the business, and an older expert, a gentleman who has worked for a number of the great perfume houses and he was an acknowledged expert in the field.

At the end of the programme, the host of the show asked him which, of all the perfumes he had ever known, was the most perfect, and he answered, MITSOUKO!!!

I was so pleased, as I had at that point been wearing it for about 10 years, off and on, and truly feel it is one of the greats.

It oozes sophistication and elegance,and even tho' I am not wearing it now (I am wearing La Perla)I can smell it just by thinking about it.

Superb!!!

May
12
2010
patriciaenola
patriciaenola

@ vioversilver - I declare I could not agree with you more I love it - I went back to study at University where most of my class mates are of "Daughter" age to me - fun time at college - when my class mates THERE - kept wanting to hug me and needed to know the perfumes name - then wanted a "splash" and declared it was "Ooh not me" at College - I was Grandma! to the whole class - maybe it is a Mature Woman's perfume

May
12
2010
romanovaoa
romanovaoa

Зашла сегодня в парфюмерный магазин, и была невероятно удивлена, увидев на полочке Mitsouko! Ушла. Потом вернулась. Брызнула немного на запястье - и в ужасе отшатнулась! Так пахла моя бабушка, мудрый, старинный и аристократичный запах. Через некоторое время, выйдя на улицу и погуляв, я почувствовала невероятный, сказочный аромат... так близко. Пахнет от меня! Оказалось, это Mitsouko! Ещю немного - и я почувствовала упоительный аромат - Mitsouko всё раскрывался и раскрывался.. Боже мой, сколько же у него граней! Таинственный аромат, способный удивлять.

May
06
2010
schon dayana
schon dayana

I tried this perfume at Guerlain's counter yersterday. The picture that I get after smelling it will be somthing like moss on wet tree, wet green forest, cloudy weather,rainy season. Citrus and spice scents tht well blend with all that green scent. A very fine layer of flower, jasmin, rose and a hint of peachy. The scent makes me feel comfortable, like windy and cool atmosphere. One thing that makes me like House of Guerlain's is bcoz the weight of the scent.They breath slowly
Will update my review later.

Apr
16
2010
myrrhmaid
myrrhmaid

Help the reformulation smells like sherbert lemon sweets from a pick&mix . It is nothing like the wonderful scent that hit my nose when going to my G.Ps . She has retired or I'd ask her opinion.

Apr
14
2010
adele l
adele l

Glad i'm not alone here- do not care for the guerlanade base- smells like old talcum powder. Really tried because these are historic, landmark perfumes..but the dry down of Mitsouko is too old fashioned for my taste. I do, however, love the far dry down of Shalimar and L'heure Bleue (lovely vanilla) so I may give it another go..

Apr
11
2010
truffles
truffles

Must agree with pimentosugars here.
No matter how many people rave about Guerlain it is just not for me.
Spent a while at a Guerlain counter today, talking to a lovely woman who told me all about the inspiration for this fragrance. I took some on a piece of card in my bag.
Had a sniff of it on the way home and it made my stomach turn!
Smelling it now, I get impressions of a deserted small old church, it has been raining heavily, wet mould and moss all around.
There is just an element to this that means I couldn't possibly wear it.
I similarly don't 'get' Shalimar either which I tried on for a second time today.
Was very impressed to hear that Guerlain
only use natural ingredients, no synthetics at all, but with a slight exception for Samsara which I almost like, I just wouldn't want to wear anything that I smelled today. And this is from someone who loves the 'old lady' perfumes more than most and shuns most modernity in fragrance!
Sorry Guerlain!

Apr
10
2010
pimentosugars
pimentosugars

Well, I did it again. I let myself be tempted by Guerlain again. The soft dim topnotes of lilac were subtle enough to fool me again, lead me into covering myself with Guerlainjuice again, and coming out smelling like a boiled sweet again. Given time, out comes that barbaric joke, Frankenstein's Jasmine coupled with some strange fuzzy underthing that I find in every single Guerlain perfume! And it lasts forever!

Ghastly. Me and Guerlain, we are not meant to be. If I should die, and my corpse is found sprinkled with this stuff, treat it as a sign of foul play. Only vendetta could explain it.

Mar
31
2010
mister_chaz
mister_chaz

i got interested in this fragrance very recently, so i got my self a small edt for testing. Mitsouko opened with sharp medicinal/spicy notes on me and i got frightened at first. I waited till drydown - the sharpness began to disappear and it gave way to a nice oriental and a mysterious scent: i got spices, oak moss, bergamot, vetiver and ylang-ylang. there wasn't much sweetness, more of a herbal scent, unusual but at the same time very familiar.

I have to confess: i didn't like it from the first time, it took me a while to adjust to it and i tested the fragrance twice. But i appreciated its uniqueness and depth)

Update: towards drydown i get more cinnamon and something else..perhaps lilacs?...interesting and spicy.

Mar
16
2010
eilismaireg
eilismaireg

Mitsoukou is one that I'd like to re-try. When I bought it originally about 5 years ago I must say I wasn't keen on it. I found it too melancholy though I respect the composition. I find it's a bit like Aromatics Elixir in its medicinal quality and I'm afraid, though I like to smell it on other people, it's not really for me.

Mar
08
2010
denncita
denncita

I was very excited to try this fragrance on me. I was dissapointed. I really didn't understand what the rave was about! It reminded me of an old fragrance my mother used to wear and that I hated. I told her it smelled like a zoo. It does have a botanical smell to it, the staying power is great. It is very strong and does become somewhat powdery afte a few hours. For some reason it resembled Chanel No. 22?? Maybe because it was created soon after this one, the birth of the chypres.

Feb
05
2010
Saffron
Saffron

There is something both blatantly sexy and profoundly sad about this scent. Beautiful and dark

Feb
04
2010
a.k.a.warum
a.k.a.warum

(EDP new) I am intrigued by green chypres and slightly worried about them. I am afraid that the smell would be strong and harsh on my skin. Mitsouko opened with a strong green blast which just kept me worrying. The initial blast (and mind me, I used a touch!) was aldehydic, green, and strong. But then it really tamed, like a hot tempered woman who blew a fuse but didn't really mean it and was ready to calm down as soon as she took it out of her chest. Then the smell became sweeter, I couldn't smell any lilac, alas, the elusive lilac, but I could certainly smell peach. During the first hour my arm actually smelled slightly sweet, but not in a foody fruity way. It was not even a pure essence of peach. It was more like a platonic idea of a peach.

During the next two+ hours drydown was also very close to skin and spicy. Someone said in the forum that they prefer to smell like florist shop or a spice rack rather than a confection, and this is what the drydown smelled like on me -- the spice rack somewhere in the distance. I have no idea on what planet can I find the kitchen this spice rack belongs to.

Jan
28
2010
rithacha
rithacha

Mitsouko is the dark-haired beauty with the intense eyes who drowned herself in the well when her lover was unfaithful to her with a younger laughing woman. Mitsouko did not have any friends, except for the elderly man who keeps her gardens. He visits the well everyday, where the lilac branches occaisionally pay homage to her with a brush of pale petals over the surface of the still waters. Otherwise, history passes Mitsouko by, leaving her alone to her profound solitude.

Jan
23
2010
vioversilver
vioversilver

I cannot do justice to this fragrance by trying to describe its unusual, intense beauty , but I will try my best.
Mitsouko started out on my skin with a sharp medicinal blast which flourished into a dark enchanted garden- jasmine, lilac, mossy, spicy, with the coolness of marble present the whole time.
I say Mitsouko is the mother of all perfumes dark & beautiful- melancholic to say the least.
There is something that evokes ancient times in this perfume, but that is not to say decayed & decrepit (old lady smell, whatever that means for some) no, this is almost a vampiric beauty , very special indeed, & I totally agree that this is NOT a everyday fragrance, but then again it is so comfortable for me to wear, so very beautiful & mysterious.

I got this in the EDP version, in a sample vial , as soon as I can I will be investing in a full size bottle - Mitsouko has captivated me completely.

Jan
07
2010
Nicole79
Nicole79

Mitsouko is very strange...sweet, sour, oily scent !!!! I don't like it !!! sorry ;(

Jan
04
2010
sherapop
sherapop

Guerlain's MITSOUKO is a genuine masterpiece, rivaled by few perfumes in existence and proof positive that great creations are timeless.

To my nose, MITSOUKO is more of an oriental chypre, for the spices mingle together with the oakmoss and vetiver in a far more noticeable way than the citrus and peach, which are rather faint.

I love this intoxicating fragrance. I love to just sit and breath it in. It's like an aura of heaven on earth in which I can nestle on winter nights. This evening I'm wearing it to herald the new year!


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The above review was of a bottle purchased in the twentieth century. Bottles of both the edt and the edp purchased more recently have not been the same. At all.

Dec
31
2009
Persephone
Persephone

EDP (reformulated): This perfume is pure melancholy in the bottle. Like all chypres it's about dusk, but in this one even peach doesn't cast any light on it, only dim grim candle glow. Beautifully creepy. A masterpiece of its own kind. One whiff and I'm instantly reminded that I live right across the property once known as a glorious "Coconut Grove", hotel Ambassador - the decadent heart of the old Hollywood, now destroyed forever. Too many destinies crossed in the eerie labyrinths of its gloomily lit bungalows with dusty old Arabian carpets and worn-out art-deco furniture, too many lost souls are still haunting its grounds. Was it the wind? Or the ghost of Jean Harlow? I remember it was her favorite perfume and surely she was a frequent visitor at CG among too many other icons. I had to swap it, every time I sprayed Mitsouko it would give me creeps. Maybe I'll have the courage to try it again sometime later...and definitely in pure parfum.

Dec
07
2009
Jolka
Jolka

It is not my favorite fragrance. Even more: I should say I hate this. It smells like old fur coat. I'm sorry...no offence.

Nov
21
2009
Wim Janssens
Wim Janssens

It is not a creation of JPG (Jean-Paul Guerlain) but from Jacques Guerlain, the most creative nose of the family. An innovative dreamer inspired by art. Jacques Guerlain is one of the greatest noses and Mitsouko is just one of his masterpieces. One thing I know for sure, Thierry Wasser will do everything to get Mitsouko back in shape as close as possible to the original formula and scent.

Nov
11
2009
Sultan
Sultan

one of my favourites from the House of Guerlain. Love the story of the Name, love the extraordinary scent of this creation of JPG.

Nov
11
2009
9154mf
9154mf

Sharp peach aldehyde over oakmoss and woods. hmmm...don't really like this.

Nov
10
2009
Zhara
Zhara

There's been a hesitation for me to write about this amazing chameleon - as others have posted here, there's something about Misouko that can not easily be defined.

Peaches? Oakmoss? Those are both reportedly in Calvin Klein Obsession, and that frag has always made me smile - but I couldn't even begin to guess that they appear in Mitsuoko. There is a weightiness here; this is a heavy, amazingly complex fragrance, and more than any other I've encountered, is something entirely unique to each one who samples it.

If pressed, I'd say that on me, this is almond toasts - the most expensive ones you can possibly import, and herbal distillations rendered by a turn-of-the-century pharmacist ... and a base of ... oh my, I just can't say.

Leather? perhaps - and sueded leather at that. But only perhaps. Gueralinade? Not the guerlainade that has become familiar to me in the drydown of Shalimar, Spiritulese Double Vanille, and Samsara. However, there is some rich base here in the drydown.

Too many memories are being conjured up by this frag, I suppose. I never knew the name of it at the time, but I'm certain now that this is what aroma surrounded my grandfather's second wife - a brash, energetic woman who wore colorful clothes, big hair, and bright red nail polish - much to the horror of the rest of my family, all fading into obscurity in their tasteful beige and navy and unobtrusive toiletries. Ah, but Emily (she insisted that she was too young to be called "grandma" and she was right) - Emily always stood out. Sometimes jarring, quite synthetic, but in the end, affable, outgoing and unapologetic.

Hrm... I think I just found the right descriptors for Mitsouko.

At least for today it is. I'll wear it again next week, and undoubtedly my mind will change again.

Nov
10
2009
Silvia Mutizábal
Silvia Mutizábal

I read about Mitsouko, but in my country, Chile, was almost unavailable. My mother bought me a bottle along with another of "L'heure bleu" , al Guerlain.
Was as wonderful as I always dreamed.
Matches perfectly my skin and goes with my way of living.
Not too strong, not too sweet. Completely away from modern fragarnces.
It deserves to be considered a classic!!!

Nov
05
2009
Wim Janssens
Wim Janssens

This is one of the most discussed fragranced of Guerlain. That time "Russian Dance evenings" where very popular in Paris. Gabriële Chanel did the costumes and Guerlain the Fragrance to scent the room. This fragrance was Mitsouko. A wonderful period that must have been.
Mitsouko is certainly unisex. When Mitsouko was launched there was no difference in male of female fragrances. Mouchoir de Monsieur and Voilette de Madame were maybe the few that were designed for specific men and women, but it all did not matter, men applied Voilette D.M. and women Mouchoir D.M. .
Mitsouko's composition is very natural and rare. it is just impossible to produce a Chypre like that now these days. Natural ingredients are not the same any more due to climate changes and regulations. Reformulations is the key to survive. Not any natural fragrance can survive a century without doing this. Guerlain will take Mitsouko out of collection if it is not possible any more to repair the fragrance without completely damaging it.
A 'vintage' Mitsouko will always smell different, because the contents changes during the years. It can be in an excellent condition, it will always be.
I agree that is is pitty that fragrances have to be reformulated, and Mitsouko is THE fragrance where people are the most sceptic about but the IFRA has very strict regulations... .
You survive and go on and keep creating, or you die. Imaging Guerlain would have stopped creating after Shalimar... . It would have been be such a loss! A fragrance like Mitsouko you must wear in Eau de Parfum or Pure Perfume. Using both is a fantastic experience, still today!

n.b. It is not the European Union neither the European Comission that makes this regulations. It is the IFRA thats in charge of the regulations. Reagulations are needed, in all industries, but where does it end...

Oct
27
2009
Chandramukhi
Chandramukhi

It all started with the disgust I had when I smelled Mitsouko for the first time. I was intrigued by the myth around it and found it impossible spiced and bitter, an olfactive joke about cloves, pepper and gingerbread. But in the course of improving my scent taste and knowledge, one day I put Mitsouko on me again and realised that this fragrance was like a Rolls Roys next to an ordinary car, like a Stradivarius violin next to an Yamaha violin. The quality and beauty that is superior to everything else that struggle to be beautiful. The quality that overwhelms instantly, without effort. I was looking for a wonderful scent and none succeeded to rise to my top, because I couldn't love any of them deeply - apart Coco by Chanel. Only Mitsouko gave me that feeling of meeting your soulmate, after a long search and many lukewarm love-affairs.

Oct
27
2009
Halvah
Halvah

Unfortunatelly, the EDp version is not aviable in my country, so I tried the edt. Well, it smelled on me like a soft unisex cologne, but a little bit more masculine than feminine. On the other hand everybody says the edp version to be ultra feminine, rosy, and beautiful. It's a shame that the better things aren't available (just like Shalimar edp instead of edt)

Oct
23
2009
rainbow
rainbow

mitsouko smothers me with warmth allowing me to glow with my strengths of feeling confident and free and sexy this is complimented by the oaks, cinnamon plus a wee sprinkle of sweet, makes me feel happy im a women...

Sep
16
2009
parmania
parmania

I smell it to a friend, he is old and find out .I what surprised me was the aroma, which has developed great on my skin.е I feel warm; I felt comfortable and stay as long on me that I can hardly forget. I want it!

Sep
15
2009
alessbl
alessbl

My favorite of all times! For me its just the best fragrance ever made, an incomparable scent, such a shame it was dramatically reformulated and lost a bit of its supremacy.

Sep
15
2009
Malegria
Malegria

Through a wonderful Fragrantica member I got me a sample of a vintage Mitsouko.
It is so very different.
There is a soft oily note that goes through the entire perfume life cycle - Id say it`s a trademark of many Guerlains that disappeared in reformulations.
Orange is more prominent, so is ylang and the great mossy vetiver base. It is overall much more feminine and soft, like a gentle sepia portrait.
A pity not to have this old version around anymore - though I really like the re-done EDP. I`d say that the new version is more sharp and haughty...the old one is the true royalty.

Sep
14
2009
parisa
parisa

I`m afraid that it is not so simple as *guys at the European commission are worried about our health*. People who recommend those steps to EU commission are people from Givaudan, Firmenich... They produce expensive replacement chemicals for moss and all other forbidden natural materials. So it is not just *alergy* reason, but business and profit, and that makes me even more angry. I don`t buy reformulations at all.

Aug
19
2009
kewart
kewart

I adored the original version, but only like the reformulation. Strange, mysterious, eastern, sophisticated - all of those things and more.

Aug
19
2009
joliefille
joliefille

yummy!! i so love this. although i have to admit that initially i didn't find it particularly wonderful but after sometime, i fell in love with it. i just love the whiffs i get all day when i wear this. very sweet, all season perfume!

Jul
03
2009
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

Owww... what a stunning great scent is Mitsouko! I first encounter this beauty whebn I was very young, around 15, that's more than 20 years ago (sic!) and I was one of the few teenagers interested in these kind of scent.
I always had EdT samples and a bottle, so that's my main experience with Mitsouko. I've heard that the parfum version is much better. Well, the EdT is very nice too! Better... "nice" is a very generic word for this scent.
This is not an easy smell. It needs time and contemplative attention to truly enjoy every step. The start is very green, but not the kind of fresh green you find everywhere. It's almost a sharp sultry green that reminds me of dark pond plants. Then comes the softiest of fruit note, a very deep and creamy peach. I would say a "grown-up" peach, if it makes sense, haha! Then flowers. Never smelled flowers like this in any other scent. They smell like an ancient melancholic mysterious garden in the shadow. I love their older ads for Mitsouko, too. No vulgarity, only poetry to express the soul of the scent. It matches my skin chemistry quite finely, yet people around me keep on saying "mmm... old lady fragrance!"
It's not old at all! It's just different and very long-living! Created almost one century ago and still kicking! There mus be a reason for that!
I would say that Mitsouko is a dark kind of fragrance, but what that really means? I don't mean dark as "black and naughty". The darkness in Mitsouko is an echo of mistery of the woman, the depth of hidden things and at the same time it is the scent of freedom.
I see the wearer of Mitsouko as an independent free spirit that crosses the world and makes an impression on its face without being corrupted by the wordly things. I see some loneliness, knowing and spiritual strenght.
The oakmoss base is simply touching and express all the beauty in Mitsouko.
All the notes are perfectly entwined together, a true masterpiece of blending. I will always have at least a few samples of Mitsouko with me to smell Beauty itself.

Jun
17
2009
Miss Bloom
Miss Bloom

This fragrance is stunning! It is the best of all worlds. It whispers, it sings, but it never shouts. Very Japanese in its composition.
Much like L'Heure Bleue (though not in fragrance), I find this scent to be very quiet and meditative.
The peach note is lovely as I dont like overly fruity scents, but this is understated and elegant.
The drydown is my favourite. Heavenly!
One spray beneath my shirt and I get wafts of this gorgeous mossy, shadowy, haunting chypre scent for literally hours.
It has in its depths the faint scent of powder and woods, reminiscent of the sun dappled fragrant ground of a forest glade, faintly sweet with dusky moss and fragrant woods, and a slightly hay-like grassy undergrowth.
Inspired by the heroine in a novel based on an impossible love between a British officer and the wife of a Japanese admiral, this scent is apparently a best seller in Japan, owing to the fact it is very light and not highly "perfumy". The Japanese seem to favour fragrances which are not cloying or strong, and this is no exception.
Even though this is not an overpowing or strong scent, the longevity is really good on me.
Soft yet longwearing, elegant, melancholy and very nostalgic.
Highly recommended!

Jun
03
2009
hathor
hathor

i love mitsouko!! it is an "old" smell, have heard it described as containing a hint of burnt peaches, which i agree with. i have the edt and edp, find the edp is warmer and with more depth. it has something a little poignant and melancholy, i found a lot of comfort in it when a close friendship i had came to an end. it does have something a little sour and sharp to begin with but soon settles into something warmer on me. it will remain a firm favourite of mine.

May
20
2009
EternalSunshine7
EternalSunshine7

I finally smelled this fragrance yesterday, and it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing about the smell. After all of the suggestions to try it, I was a bit disappointed that I didn't like it as much as I would have liked to. My husband told me that it smelled like the same perfume that his boss's wife wears (which apparently, is not a good thing). It was very strong, and I only sprayed it once. My husband was not pleased so I wiped it off at once. I understand that Guerlain's fragrances might take some time to get used to, so I intend to give it another shot the next time I'm back in that town. I tried Shalimar and I kind of liked it better than Mitsouko. I must admit that the story and the bottle intrigued me, but that was it. I will update later.

May
11
2009
iMaverick
iMaverick

When I first smelled Mitsouko, the first thing that came to my head was who in their right mind would wear this??? The opening notes from the get go was sharp and dizzyingly piquant.

Peach is supposedly incorporated in this, but I can barely detect it embedded within all that spicy carnation and powdery rose. Woody-musky nuances of oakmoss with the ever present accord of spices and vetiver. And finally, you catch the wonderful accord of Guerlinade.

Very complex, bold, sensual, spicy with powdery nuances. You can't help but smell the melancholy tone of this scent. This is a masterpiece. Its creation blindingly beautiful. You will not smell such artistry as this in modern perfumes of today...NEVER. It makes newer perfumes look unfinished, naked, and threadbare. The serious perfumista yearns and sadly mourns for this era of perfumery to emerge once again.

May
05
2009
hollivomitsyou
hollivomitsyou

i'm having a hard time deciding how i feel about this one. at first it felt a little aquanet to me. when i shoved it near my husbands nose he cringed a little. now that it is settling in, i can tell that it is well made. there is a nice earthiness to it and definitely a warm sun feeling that is not overdone. it makes me think of a natural beauty sort of woman.

Apr
20
2009
Trinity
Trinity

"Mitsouko" does not love me!

This is the sad truth I have to live with…(for now at least).
I have bought a bottle (EdP) of this truly beautiful and classic fragrance almost a year ago and since then, we both try to get acquainted together. Although, for me it was love at first sniff….there is no love coming back to me from "Mitsouko"!

I am painfully aware that "Mitsouko" is hard to get – the fragrance is choosing its mistress and does not make friends easily and lightly.

On my skin "Mitsouko" is very harsh, green and extremely masculine….and it stays this way, without even thinking to change a bit, the whole day!

I am deeply envy does who can wear "Mitsouko" and are able to enjoy this enchanting, classic fragrance.

But I am not giving up…I will be waiting for "Mitsouko" to change her mind…maybe one day "Mitsouko" will bloom on my skin too!

Until then……I will be heartbroken, but still waiting with open arms for "Mitsouko" to finally grant me my wish!

Apr
15
2009
essija
essija

I'm so glad I tried this before buying. This went on very Floral and strong, Jasmine maybe. The drydown is really impressive though, I can see why this is a mystery. Not sure If I will purchase this one. I'm not used to a perfume that has so much depth and personality, sneeking up on me, right when I think I hate it, I love it... The end result is so much different than the beginning. Mitsouko could possibly be Bi-Polar...

Apr
14
2009
Bunit
Bunit

I love this purfume, I cant quite describe the smell of it, but I feel all warm and fuzzy when I wear it. Maybe it is the combination of peach and rose, Tresor which I also love contains this note. It also smells romantic, but different from all the floral and oriental purfumes that I seem to smell on other women. As you can see I like being different.

Feb
27
2009
Cyberlady
Cyberlady

This is a classic - I always own a bottle and return to it again and again. Its so well balanced in every respect and so timeless. I dont really go for many Guerlain fragrances except this one.

Jan
16
2009
glitteralex
glitteralex

I agree with Mr. White on the wine and cheese analogy. Mitsouko is hard for many, as it was for me. Half of the problem was my young age when I first smelled it, and the other half was the formulation-the EdT really doesn't flatter the notes or illustrate the harmony in this perfume. I have a decade old pure parfum that I am mad for. The bergamot really comes through and the peach is ripe, subdued, and balanced with the spices. I highly suggest getting one of the little 2ml pure parfums on eBay before making any assumptions about this complex and somewhat archaic scent.

Jan
09
2009
Robert White
Robert White

I wish that I could smell the original formulation...but I love it all the same. I can get ambergris absolute, and am thinking of adding some to a sample of Mitsouko as an experiment. (If anybody else wants to try this go to The Perfumer's Apprentice website; they sell pure perfumery notes and kits) This is definitely a grown up scent, and I can understand why younger gals would be grossed out by this, because the strong traditional Chypres are not exactly "Nice" smelling. They are complex and take some study and analysis to appreciate...it's like learning to like stinky cheese or a great Sauternes...when most people first try a Sauternes, they have trouble getting past the heavy, sweet, nature of the wine and find it sickly. But believe me, acquired tastes, the ones that take some time to develop, are the ones that last a lifetime. You won't be using that nice smelling new fragrance ten years from now, I bet, but you will be using Mitsouko. My late lamented sweetheart thought this smelled great on me, by the way.

Jan
04
2009
tessture
tessture

The original oriental. From 1919, this is a much-contested perfume, either love it or hate it. As much as I wanted to love this historical scent, I just can't wear it. It is overly-woody and dusty on me, like I've been laying in the bottom of an old trunk faintly perfumed by clothes from another century. Now if only there weren't cobwebs in my hair, too.

Dec
14
2008
dona
dona

I don't like Mitsouko and Mitsouko doesn't like me. I've tried several times. But when I am wearing Mitsouko, I feel as I am cooking in the kitchen. I feel spices, but not my favourite spices.

Dec
11
2008
hibernia
hibernia

I was told by a spokeswoman for Amouage that the ambergris (vomited up by whales) was removed from the formula.I sprayed a little on my wrist and I thought it lacked something. To be fair I had strips with sprays of other Guerlain perfumes around me.

Dec
01
2008
cognac
cognac

I fell in love with mitsouko, when i got older .My mom wore mitsouko .I love the amber on the basenote and a faint smell of lime in the opening notes .
I wear it for a night out and it smells delectable on my skin .

Nov
10
2008
PerfumeEmpress
PerfumeEmpress

Chypresse, I agree. I wrote to Guerlain, protesting about the change, and they gave me some silly, pc excuse like the one you cite. Honestly, this is nothing short of a crime, IMHO. If you want the old formulation, you can get it on EBay ... if you are willing to pay up to $200 for a small bottle, that is. Sorry, old boy. Welcome to the new world of micromanaging busybodies.

Oct
18
2008
woogyjones50
woogyjones50

I so often agree with takemyhusband's reviews and this is yet another example! I, too, had to 'work' to get to know this fragrance. It is not one of my favorites necesarily. However, I have come to respect (for lack of a better word) the complexity of it.

It's not sweet by any means. In some ways it is a very earnest, almost somber perfume..not uplifting or happy to my nose. For example, the way it smells on my skin, I cannot imagine even thinking about putting this perfume on in summer. The way it smells on me just doesn't fit with sunshine and heat. To me it fits more with winter which is a darker and more contemplative season. Not exactly a feel good perfume but one that is sophisticated, deep, and not at all citrusy or light on my skin. Another one to try if for no other reason than to sample a complex perfume that really is a classic--even if it isn't a go-to scent from day to day.

Oct
17
2008
Malegria
Malegria

One of my favorites. Mossy, woodsy, and yet very feminine.I feel dried peaches, eastern wooden jewelry boxes, roses starting to fade.It is also one of the smells mostly loved by my husband! The dry down has some strange notes in it since the formula was changed - almost like a home made soap, it feels so weird that you want to smell it again and again...I was lucky to have the old version too.Old one was definitely more interesting, but I still love it, even now.

Oct
08
2008
chypresse
chypresse

The changes in these classic fragrances have come about because, in a misguided effort at regulation/protection, the European Union has outlawed certain ingredients that cause an allergic reaction in some users. Many classic chypre scents have had to be re-formulated because of this, b/c oakmoss is one of the newly regulated ingredients.

Sep
15
2008
F_A
F_A

Mitsouko? When i smell it i see a hot summer day, long dusty road surrounded by steppes, travelling far by the old convertible American car...can even feel the taste of road dust in my mouth and feel the wind playing in my hair...Amazing fragrance!

Sep
15
2008
Nuppu
Nuppu

Mitsouko is beautiful, but way too strong even on eau de toilette version. It's so heavy and smoky, that it sadly make's me cough and feel dizzy. I so hoped to be able to handle this, but no.

Guerlain Vol de Nuit Evasion has quite same feeling and type, but it's more subtle and warmer, without the suffocating effect Mitsouko gives me. So Vol de Nuit Evasion is winner of these two on me.

Sep
15
2008
Mitsouko
Mitsouko

And probably, I should evaluate these perfume:). Mitsouko is magic, heavy, herbal. I feel spicy distinctly cinnamon with delicate fruits - peach and beragamote. Mitsuko is strong but very feminine. Parfum Mitsouko is as woman without mask and dress.

Jul
25
2008
PerfumeEmpress
PerfumeEmpress

With all due respect to Mr. Turin, I'm afraid he's talking off the top of his head. This is strictly a woman's perfume. If men want to wear this, by all means, please yourselves. But don't call it unisex (rolleyes).

Unfortunately, this has been reformulated. And it broke my heart. Why would a company want to reformulate a scent that has been consistently successful since 1918? It makes NO sense. I still have about an inch of the old formula and I treasure it like gold. On one of my trips back from Europe, I smelled the new formula at a duty free shop and I wanted to weep. Gone are all the elements (whatever they were) that made this perfume unique. What was left was a generic, run-of-the-mill, department-store concoction with a weak suggestion of what it used to be. I'm sorry if I sound too harsh, but I wore the original Mitsouko for many years. It used to be my signature fragrance. And the new one is NOTHING like the original. Guerlain should be sued. :(

Jul
01
2008
Aiona
Aiona

Only one other person smells "peanuts" in this perfume. I don't know whether it's just my skin chemistry, or not, but that's the overwhelming first note that I get when I spray this on myself -- PEANUTS. After that, it just smells musty and old, like bookshelves of Peanuts cartoon-books that no one publishes anymore. . . . I don't smell the peach at all.

Mar
14
2008
elgab89
elgab89

A superb chypre that can be so misunderstood by the young generation (in love with the sweet scents fashionable nowadays). A great classic scent that starts a little harsh (I have the EDT), however dries down in a mysterious and superb powdery smell.

Dec
18
2007
caribou55313
caribou55313

Mitsouko's whisper of peach over oakmoss and woods: such a strange and beautiful harmony.

Oct
31
2007
Urban Skies
Urban Skies

Powdery roses. Warm and pretty.

Oct
20
2007

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