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Mitsouko Eau de Parfum Guerlain for women

Mitsouko Eau de Parfum Guerlain for women
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I have it: 625 I had it: 91 I want it: 383 My signature: 30

main accords
woody
warm spicy
earthy
citrus
cinnamon

Mitsouko Eau de Parfum by Guerlain is a Chypre Fruity fragrance for women. Mitsouko Eau de Parfum was launched in 1919. The nose behind this fragrance is Jacques Guerlain. Top notes are citruses, jasmine, bergamot and rose; middle notes are lilac, peach, jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose; base notes are spices, amber, cinnamon, vetiver and oakmoss.

Perfume rating: 4.10 out of 5 with 684 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Citruses Jasmine Bergamot Rose

Middle Notes
Lilac Peach Jasmine Ylang-Ylang Rose

Base Notes
Spices Amber Cinnamon Vetiver Oakmoss

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This perfume reminds me of  
Mitsouko Eau de Toilette
57 no yes
Mitsouko Extract
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Femme Rochas
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Guerlinade
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Nüwa
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Mitsouko Eau de Parfum Fragrance Reviews

Groovylocks
Groovylocks

Old fashioned without being dowdy, and androgynous without being vague or confusing (CK One, I'm looking slightly in your direction here..). And base notes be damned, I can smell the cinnamon right from the beginning. It's a weird, warm and wonderful fragrance that reminds me of the classic coffee house. I wouldn't call it sexy, exactly. If "hipster" had a scent, it would be Mitsouko. That's not a bad thing.

Jul
23
2016
Taliera
Taliera

Old fashioned, interesting and sexy... There's something I detect that is full on, like benzoin. It actually reminds me of old lingere. And something bitter - but in a good way. I'm also not a fan of the cinnamon. Overall, Mitsouko is something I wouldn't wear, but I can appreciate as FAR more complex, sophisticated and well made than most fragrances on the market today.

Jul
21
2016
Rinio
Rinio

I first smelled it on an 50+ collegue at work, british lady, good looking and elegant with expensive taste and I thought she smelled divine. I had to ask what she was wearing and she said Mitsouko by Guerlain. That was 5 years ago. About a month ago I saw the bottle and remembered so I had to try it on my skin. I loved the first 5 minutes of its grand appearance, this explosive elegance was unique in the beginning. I can only imagine what it must have been to smell so awesome back in 1919, my gosh! Like a smell from heaven and beyond!
After 10 min or so, my feeling was that time and the amount of beautiful women having worn this masterpiece was weighing hard on my shoulders and nose...:)it´s been around for too long... it just smelled like another "old lady perfume". Just like with Chanel No5 I disliked the unclean and murky water feeling it gave me.

Jul
11
2016
Blutengel
Blutengel

I have different bottles, 1 from 1979, 1 from 1980, 1 from 2004, all edt. Yesterday my wife gave me the edp from 2014 reformulation. Where the edt was already a more than brilliant fragrance, this is absolutely stunning.
The opening is fresh, clean and than she settles down. It's like an opera, a nice clean opening, followed by a softer aria... And than, after an hour and half or so, she suddenly starts to sing with the most beautiful voice ever heard. Full, deep, hot and so sexy... This is to me the smell of love...
Thierry Wasser did a splendid job recreating this beauty, this is no perfume, this is an experience.

Jul
09
2016
Poesies
Poesies

Creating scent to me is akin to creating music. A good perfume is closer to a symphony and Mitsouko is Mozart.
The first time I ever smelt Mitsouko is imprinted in my memory. Is still remember where I was (Liberty's in London), what I was wearing (nothing special) and how the light outside was filtered through the windows and blinded me slightly, as I leaned towards the shelf of Guerlain perfumes, picked up the delicate bottle, sprayed Mitsouko on my wrist and took a sniff. Words cannot describe it. Please go try it for yourselves. For me, it is the best perfume ever created. A true work of art.

Jul
01
2016
Ragnell
Ragnell

I can't figure this one out. It's like opening an old Japanese trunk of kimonos, then expensive leather spills out. Seems unisex and not of this era somehow. Edwardian porno. Very unique.

Jun
28
2016
no-fi
no-fi

Mesmerising. Mitsouko is the definitive chypre, and one of the true greats of the 20th century.

Don't get this? You need to start from scratch. Thinks it's outdated or 'old womanish'? You need to start from scratch. Think it's too feminine/masculine for you? You need to start from scratch.

Wearing Mitsouku is wearing something truly special. It smells almost ridiculously incredible. I won't go into the notes, because noses far better than mine have described it beautifully. I will say that on my skin, it's a peach-moss bomb, and I'm glad for it.

Mitsouku is an essential in any wardrobe, whether you're male, female, gender-queer - hell, anyone with a sense of smell. It's that good. A million out of a million.

Jun
26
2016
Soofiya
Soofiya

This is my beloved grandma's signature scent and It's that nostalgic for me that as soon as I get whiffs of it,I can't stop my tears
Motsouko opens with a peach note,but not that juicy sweet peach I'm used to it,it's a spicy,dusty peach.it's a real chyprefruity and most dominant notes to my nose is spiced peach in a earthy and dusty woodsy base.
I get lots of powder too.not the familiar iris,violet powder or the modern vanilla powder,mitsouko reminds me vintage rosey face powders(I mean really vintage).and though I'm not a chyprefruity fan,I should confess that I looove mitsouko,not just because it's nostalgic for me,indeed because it's veryyyy pretty,it's strong,very special and I love this mist and dusts of peachy,rosey,earthy and spicy powders that sit softly on my skin and stay there for long hours
It's incredibly long-lasting,projection is also very good not as much as staying power though really loud during first hours
I previously thought that I can never wear my granny's fragrance,not before I become a granny too...then I told myself I really like it,but maybe I'm too young for it
Now I say I loooove mitsouko and some numbers written as my birthday date can't prevent me from wearing what I love..now I know that I'm going to find it(ofcourse it's difficult,but I love challenging myself inorder to hunt a gem),I'm going to wear like a dorian grey twin of my granny and I'm going to enjoy it's gorgeous power and sensuality
❤❤❤❤❤

Jun
25
2016
kammer
kammer

when you smell a masterpiece like this, you realize how flat, commercial and mainstream are the most of the modern fragrances...
Such jewels as Mitsouko, belongs to another time. It's a kind of perfumery that is no longer produce.
So full of faces, corners and edges, so unbelievable dimensional... but above all absolutely timeless!!
Who knew that men like Charlie Chaplin or Jean Paul Sartre used to wear it ? :-)

Jun
19
2016
florabella
florabella

I have a nearly full bottle of this fragrance that I would be willing to swap. I truly love the scent but it just gives me a crashing headache. I hate to see it just sit on my shelf so if some one in Canada is interested in swapping, please PM me, it deserves a home where it gets the love it should!

Jun
18
2016
Brock
Brock

Magical, mysterious, spicy and mossy. For me, the perfect scent. I wore the EdT off and on for years, but this week I finally bought the EdP. Life-changing. 2015 batch. Glorious.

May
19
2016
jmiro7
jmiro7

2013 EDP Reformulation - This is an excellent reformulation. I was a little late to the Mitsouko game having had my first bottle around 2009. I loved the version then, but since 2013 it is even better. The longevity and sillage are much better and the composition is richer overall. I currently have a bottle from 2015 that I purchased from a discounter and I had a 2013 post reformulation bottle purchased at a major department store and they are identical. I mention this because Guerlain recently pulled the EDP from the market due to concerns over a certain ingredient. I believe my bottle to be perfect though and I discern no quality issues. I have had 4 bottles of EDP over the years and a pure perfume. I like the EDP because of the superior sillage.

May
18
2016
Parfumee
Parfumee

MITSOUKO

GUERLAIN

GROUP: ORIENTAL

NOTES: citrus jasmine, bergamot rose lilac, peach, jasmine, ylang-ylang, spices, amber, cinnamon, vetiver oakmoss

SILLAGE: SOFT Sits Close To The Skin

LONGEVITY: VERY LONG LASTING 6 hours plus

REMINDS ME OF: SHALIMAR GUERLAIN FEMME ROCHAS CHAMPAGNE YVES SAINT LAURENT

Released in 1919, this was an Oriental fragrance with a Japanese name that enticed perfumistas. It has a distinctly Oriental almost Shalimar like opening of citrus and notes that are in Shalimar like jasmine, bergamot, and spices. It is decidedly more fruitier than Shalimar. It has a sweetness and spiciness that sets it apart from other fragrances. I can detect the jasmine, the spices, the vetiver and oak moss. In the end it turns very mossy and becomes a chypre. It has some things in common with Femme by Rochas in that it has a fruity woodsy quality. It's sweet and fresh, feminine, and subtle. Even for a fragrance from the days of strong perfumes it has a quiet nature. It also reminds me of tea. It's like a citrusy tea. For an Oriental it's less spicy and aromatic than the traditional Orientals but that is not a bad thing. It's great to wear every day as a casual any occasion perfume. If you like Shalimar, Femme and old fashioned fruity florals as well as tea scents you would love this. Mitsouko also comes in the Eau de Toilette form and I would have to say that the EDT is more like the vintage. It's tons of citrus and oak moss. The original was mostly aa citrusy chypre. It's also unisex when the oak moss becomes heavy. Beautiful and beloved.

May
06
2016
Tjokro
Tjokro

It never crossed into my mind this Mitsouko was born for women only.

Magical. Mystical.

It's truly an art of scent.

If you don't like it, it's your fault. :-)))

I am sorry for being so tendentious, I just can't find the words to adore it.

May
02
2016
2ScentsWorth
2ScentsWorth

Stunning, gorgeous and mesmerising...

My daughter wanted this and so I bought it blind! Wow. I hadn't smelled this before and was absolutely amazed. She was delighted and it just suited her so well. She works in hospitality while studying law and has been blown away by the number of compliments she has received whether from legal professionals or from clients in hospitality. I can smell it on her clothes for days after she has worn it. Fortunately, it is absolutely divine and to me quite mesmerising. I love it. It is elegant and refined.

If it has one flaw it is that its an absolute beast and you really have to wash it off. In that regard its quite different from most fragrances these days which fade after a few hours. One or at most two sprays and that's it for the day.... and night!

Apr
18
2016
Kai'elle
Kai'elle

I am wearing the last drops of my beloved Mitsouko right now as I sit in my comfy clothes, on the couch, home alone after a hard days work. This wearing is for me and me only :)

I find this scent truly indescribable...its so timeless. When I wear this I feel elegant, but not wealthy elegant, more like simply female elegant....if that makes sense? I just feel...female. Not 'woman' or 'girl' or any other age based label...but simply female :) And I love it! We are all beautiful!

L: Long
S: Moderate/High

Apr
18
2016
zyby
zyby

MITSOUKO is one of the fragrances that I save for special occasions. I wore it for a good friend’s milestone birthday party yesterday evening, but I enjoyed it so much (both the fragrance and the party) that I had to wear it again today even though we’re just hanging out at home.

MITSOUKO is very luxurious, very beautiful and completely timeless. There are initial notes of citrus (on me, the lemon is dominant) which dry down to a smooth, powdery, spicy floral. On me, the sillage is moderate and the longevity is excellent.

As this fragrance has been around since 1919, it’s bound to smell somewhat familiar. On the other hand, it might not be quite as immediately recognizable as some of the other vintage classics, which sometimes is part of its charm.

Apr
10
2016
jan.carver
jan.carver

My husband introduced me to this wonderful scent, one of the few he truly loved. I love it too and it has remained one of my fsvourites, worn only on special occasions - and sparingly, as it is so rich and deep and luscious. A truly sensuous and heady scent.

Apr
03
2016
Joker888
Joker888

It is not an every day scent. Very overpowering. If you wearing this, everybody gonna notice you even in a very large company. It is too old school fragrance to me, and too strong. Not my type. But many people loves it.

Mar
25
2016
Sheza
Sheza

Current formulation circa 2014/15 Edp. This is the third time I'm sampling this and I think the result you get depends on skin chemistry and formulation. Initial spray is a burst of oakmoss, vetiver and a slightly repugnant note that to me smells like....lard in a chip pan! I'm not joking here, it's really unsettling. I can't identify what note or combination makes me think this, but I can only deduce it's the oakmoss substitute/ lab creation. This dissipates soon and I get an overwhelming peach note, not my favourite note. I imagine vintage versions would be quite wonderful but sadly this one's not for me

Mar
13
2016
VVHYY
VVHYY

This is one of my favorite things to smell on my wife and I enjoy an occasional romp with it, too. I've never known an old lady that smelled like this, maybe the old ladies I've known knew old ladies that did so they avoided it. This doesn't strike me as dated. Maybe anachronistic. Future or past? Not for me to decide.

I'm wearing my wife's current formulation EDP. A gorgeous blend, every note compliments another and draws you through the fragrance, around and around like a waltz. Oakmoss to peach to cinnamon to waxed wood to florals, to oakmoss to spices...et al. I'm not the sharpest nose but even I can tell how perfectly balanced this is, one note more or one note less would greatly impact the composition.

I can understand that it's not for everybody. It certainly doesn't smell like what we've come to expect a perfume to be, it smells more like a cosmetic or polish. But it works for me. I find it very cozy and comforting. On my wife it's effortlessly sexy. Like she was doing something better with her time than primping - painting a picture, refinishing some chairs. Now that I envision that I think one of Mitsouko's notes reminds me of oil paints or linseed oil. A woman that smells of wood, cinnamon, peaches and oil paint? I'm all yours.

Feb
28
2016
Marco<3
Marco<3

Mitsouko, che storia!
Un profumo che va aldilà del semplice termine profumo, perché Mitsouko è un viaggio illimitato dentro un mondo misterioso, fatto di nuove scoperte, cose mai scontate e benessere.
Ecco, quando un profumo ti fa viaggiare e stare bene, allora è quello giusto.

❤️

Feb
24
2016
Amararata
Amararata

The opening of Mitsouko takes me on a journey to my pre-teen years, making trips to the mall on the weekends with friends, and trying out Calvin Klein's Obsession at the cosmetics counter, as both Obsession and Mitsouko have the same kind of pungent woodsy, spicy opening that suggests maturity and worldliness of the adult world.

It's the kind of perfume to wear on a wintery, snowy day, as its cinnamon tinted senses open up to the warm notes underneath. I'm not sure I would've bought this for myself had I initially smelled it first, but it's the kind of scent that grows on you and becomes entrenched in more complexity as time goes on.

The scent begins with a child's exploration towards adulthood into a more reclined, leisurely being, sipping cabernet by the fireplace, twisting a gold locket around the neck with perfectly manicured red-black nails. There is something vampire-like about this fragrance. It's the sort of scent a woman leaves behind after she's conquered a man, or a kind of lascivious tryst in the middle of the day.

One thing for sure- it's not for the weak of heart or character. It's presence is strong and infiltrates every corner, like a WWII spy, the kind of woman I imagine it was intended for.

Feb
18
2016
guest_
guest_

The opening of Mitsouko takes me on a journey to my pre-teen years, making trips to the mall on the weekends with friends, and trying out Calvin Klein's Obsession at the cosmetics counter, as both Obsession and Mitsouko have the same kind of pungent woodsy, spicy opening that suggests maturity and worldliness of the adult world.

It's the kind of perfume to wear on a wintery, snowy day, as its cinnamon tinted senses open up to the warm notes underneath. I'm not sure I would've bought this for myself had I initially smelled it first, but it's the kind of scent that grows on you and becomes more entrenched in more complexity as time goes on.

The scent begins with a child's exploration towards adulthood into a more reclined, leisurely being, sipping cabernet by the fireplace, twisting a gold locket around the neck with perfectly manicured red-black nails. There is something vampire-like about this fragrance. It's the sort of scent a woman leaves behind after she's conquered a man, or a kind of lascivious tryst in the middle of the day.

One thing for sure- it's not for the weak of heart or character. It's presence is strong and infiltrates every corner, like a WWII spy, the kind of woman I imagine it was intended for.

Feb
18
2016
yorkiecami
yorkiecami

I don't know how I fell in love with Mitsouko, but it happened fast. I was so scared to try it based on all the negative comments I read about this powerhouse of a fragrance online, but she had me at hello. First test out of my tiny decanter - just a dab behind my ears - and I knew I was going to need a lot more of her than I thought. I can see how some people would be afraid of her, as she truly packs a punch behind that delicate name. Like a geisha, she may appear dainty, fragile and a thing of grace (that bottle alone is a piece of art!) but behind the softness of her appearance is an accomplished, confident artist. I treat her like a lady, spritzing her on my chest with a very light hand, because I believe that less is more with fragrances - and in return she blooms on my skin like a dream. I have been wearing her non-stop for the past 2 weeks and I can't get enough. Her mysterious scent lasts all day long, from early morning to late at night. This morning I layered her with Jeanne Arthes Rose Damascus and the combination is to die for.

Feb
16
2016
Le parfum c'est chic
Le parfum c'est chic

Que dire de plus sur ce parfum? Que c'est un chef d'oeuvre. J'ai lu à quelque part que Mitsouko était le fantasme des créateurs de parfums. Avec raison. Il figure en tête de liste de mes préférés..

Feb
16
2016
calensfragrance
calensfragrance

Leave this to the pros because it is a heavyweight in the ring; a speedster in the fast lane. This is for someone with a fiery personality and the bravery to embrace the unusual. When you radiate the essence of this Guerlain legend in a crowd of "cotton candy" and "spring water", you become the center of the universe.

Feb
15
2016
lou hotchkiss.knives
lou hotchkiss.knives

Mitsouko dreams of dancing the night away. In her slumbers she shakes off the nightmares of the Great War, relishes in her new-found independence, disperses the ominous shadows cast by the treaty of Versailles. In her dreams Mitsouko is a femme fatale, a party animal. Yet nothing is that simple.
Mitsouko dances from a broken place. She has lost her lover and nobody knows. The oakmoss and spices of her top notes evoke shivering, crisp November mornings, when the city streets are almost empty and the day's just dawning.
Mitsouko has great posture, she is slightly insolent, definitely gorgeous, Where is she going ? The few men present turn their heads in admiration as she briskly walks by, clad in furs yet vulnerable in her loneliness. Mitsouko hides her wounds behind the sophistication of the new-born flapper.
Mitsouko hates the wide hats and vaporous laces of the old order. She clings to the hope of better days. She loves the intoxication of Saturday nights, but no-one would guess that just from looking at her.

This perfume is cursed. Jean Harlow's young husband, Paul Bern, drenched himself in Mitsouko before committing suicide, just one week after their wedding. Gossip said he could not satisfy his statuesque bride and that the shame drove him to taking his own life. My own mother wore it throughout her divorce, and has hated the smell of it ever since. Mitsouko has been, for me too, a perfume of loss, melancholy and thirst for stylish revenge.
I wore it on tour with my band and the young punks in our entourage would curse away, screaming they hated "that shit". Sadistically, I would smirk and spray more on, conscious the scent acted like an olfactory punch in the face. Mitsouko is not a discreet fragrance. It raises a perfectly manicured middle-finger in the face of the world. It has the elegant audacity of the woman who has nothing to lose, because inside her is a silent town in ruins. Yet, her fingers tap to the bass of the jazz band. Tomorrow is only a couple of songs away.

Feb
06
2016
almondcookie
almondcookie

Mitsouko is one of those rare perfumes. This is either a hit or miss. I think this is a very special perfume that has been uniquely composed. I don't feel brave enough to wear this out. This is one of those scent I would spray indoors just to watch it develop whilst enjoying every note.

Feb
05
2016
Soofiya
Soofiya

این عطر رو بدون هیچ بک گراند ذهنی قبلی تست کردم،اما ب محض اسپری کردن بوی آشناش تو سرم پیچید،این عطر مامان بزرگمه!!!حتی حدس نمیزدم باعطر مامان بزرگم طرفم،اونم مامان بزرگی ک از بچگی بزرگم کرده و الان چندسالی میشه ازش دورم
با پیچیدن بوی عطر موجی از خاطرات منو دربرگرفت و متأسفانه تو دفعات بعدی هم ک اومدم تستش کنم همین اتفاق افتاد و نتونستم متوجه شم عطر باچه نت هایی شروع میشه و چطور به پایان میرسه،،فقط اینو میدونم ک هرگز نمیتونم خودم از همچبن عطری استفاده کنم مگه اینکه مامان بزرگ شم،،از اون عطراست ک جیغ میزنه و ماندگاریش هم خیلییییی زیاده اما درعجبم ک پخشش قابل مقایسه باموندگاریش نیست و کلی کمتره
رایحه کاملا بالغ و ادویه ای هست وخاکی،،تو شروع عطر نت هلو برام قابل تشخیصه اما خیلی خیلی متفاوت با هلویی ک مشامم بهش عادت داره و معمولا رایحه لطیفش درکنار رز و گاهی کمی مشک یا پچولی هست،اینجا هلو باکلی ادویه جات و چوب و خاک و کمی مرکبات همراهن،رایحه گلی تو این عطر برای من خیلی خیلی خفیف بود،هرچی زمان میگذشت میوه ها هم کمرنگتر میشدن و ادویه جات و چوب و یه نت خاکی ک نمیدونم مربوط به خزه بلوط هست یا خس خس بیشتر،درکل برای من شدیدا یادآور بوی ،ماتیکها وپودرهای قدیمیه ک یه لایه خاک روشون رو گرفته باشه منظورم از قدیمی مال زمان مامان بزرگهاست نه مامانها
کاملا نوستالژیکه اما باب طبع من نیست،،البته شاید فعلا

Jan
25
2016
RJ Watson
RJ Watson

A truly beautiful fragrance but one that screams PERFUME. One of the only scents I have that I feel self-conscious when wearing...at least until it settles down.

In terms of the perfume's accords, to me, I get a juicy peach, a powdery cool iris, on a bed of vetiver, sprinkled with black pepper. Even with the reformulated edp, this stuff seems to last forever; two sprays will last 24+ hours....so go easy on the spritzing.

I keep a bottle on hand mostly to reference from time to time. It's not something I want to wear all that often but I can appreciate it for what it is....a monumental perfumery classic.

Jan
18
2016
PaulieDoodle
PaulieDoodle

This Was My Very First Expensive Perfume That My Daddy Ever Bought Me When I Graduated From Medical College As A Nurse & Indeed I Wore This Very Perfume On My College Award Day,So It Really Does Have A Very Special Place In My Heart!! Out Of All The Guerlain Perfumes I Own "MITSOUKO" Will Alway's Be My Queen & My All Time Favourite!! Followed Closely By Apres L'Ondee,L'Heure Bleue,Samsara,Herba Fressa & Jardins De Bagatelle!! All In That Order!!

I Also Think That A Guy Could Perfectly Well Carry Of Wearing Mitsouko & That It Would Absolutely Smell Gorgeous On Him,& It Is Said That The Prince Of Wales (Prince Charles & His Lovely Wife The Dutchess Of Cornwall) Both Wear & Enjoy Wearing Guerlain Mitsouko!! I Absolutely Love The Mystery Mitsouko Cause's When One Wear's It,& The Oriental Greenness Is Absolutely Amazing!! The Compliments I Receive When I Wear This Fragrance Always Makes Me Smile,& Indeed I See The Old Time Film Star's Really Enjoying This Perfume To The Max!!

Im So Luckly To Have Had The ETD,But Honestly Much Prefere The Stronger EDP which I've Owned Around Four 75ml Bottles etc!! I Also Have The Pure 7.5ml Pure Perfume Which Is Absolutely A Real Gem & Worth Having In Your Perfume Wardrobe!! Without A Doubt Guerlain Will ALWAYS Be My All Time Favourit French Perfume House,& Their Older Perfumes My All Time Favourite's!! Xx

Jan
15
2016
She_Wolf
She_Wolf

Mitsouko taught me a very valuable lesson: I really, really, hate cinnamon. Even on the most elegant, well-crafted, beautiful of perfumes. I just can't stomach it.

The opening of Mitsouko is soaked with it. Cinnamon and spice and oakmoss--the oakmoss seems to permeate though all of Mitsouko's pyramid, even though it's a base note. It's a powerful, warm, enveloping symphony of spices, with cinnamon at the head, and oakmoss playing the base.
After a bit, the spices lower their voices and the lilac starts to sing, soft and powdery and delicate.
But still with the cinnamon.
After the lilac has made its intro, it gives way to a lush peach, playing off the dense oakmoss heart. The floral notes are still accompanying--I think I can detect the rose here more and more during the drydown. At this point the cinnamon has pretty much disappeared, but it still shows its ugly mug every now and then, just to be mean.

If you love warm spicy scents, you'll love Mitsouko. It's a beautiful perfume, definitely vintage in feel, and undeniably well crafted. I wish I could appreciate it, but I'll just be grateful for the lesson learned.

Dec
30
2015
gracenote-floralspice
gracenote-floralspice

A mysterious fragrance indeed. On myself When I wonder what it smells like, if anyone smells it, I would suddenly receive a compliment. When asked what it was, people were complimentary. This is indeed what its name is, mystery in a bottle. I'm not sure which version I have though. A wonderful fragrance. It is the lady behind the veil, the hidden treasures in the slow friendship and love shared with someone, it is simply sublime. As far as notes are revealed, I don't get much peach. Most of the rose and spices and perhaps oak moss.

Dec
28
2015
giokaal
giokaal

I think "Mitsouko " is a perfumer's treasure
So well conceived!!!! So intricately composed!!!
It's hard to discern its accords!!!!
Everytime I smell this outside on a lady or on an openminded man and oh my those times in Greece are rare:( I have this happy feeling reminding me of the first time I went to Guerlain's boutique and tested this amazing fragrance without knowing about its existence!
I was driven by the name as I m fond of anything related to "japan"
So I opened the bottle sprayed a bit in my wrist and felt like I have found the meaning of life lol!!! Now I keep a special place on the perfume cabinet for this all time clasic!!!!
After all ,the more I delve in the world of aromatics the higher the pedestal I put Guerlain on
rises!!!!
Not knowing about this gorgeous perfume makes me feel clueless
Thank you
G.

Dec
25
2015
Chelsea1605
Chelsea1605

A kind fragrantican sent me a sample of this.

The first time i tried this i inmediately pulled my head back. It smelt animalic to me and not in a good way.

I've just revisited this for a second time and Mitsouko is starting to reveal herself to me. I get cinnamon strongly coming through which i love along with something that smells reminiscent of vintage perfumes, the oakmoss?? I also smell parma violets??

I don't think it's something that i could wear myself however I'm learning to appreciate it.

Dec
16
2015
kitro
kitro

Beautiful lady, so elegant, so soft and gentle. Hidden depths simmer away, gradually surrounding you in a cloud of warmth.

I wish I could wear this!

My Great Aunt must have worn this, or something similar. Smelling it, I expect to turn round and find her in the room. I think that's why some reviewers say Mitsouko, Shalimar and other classics make them think of old ladies. It's not that they smell like old biddies smothered in cheap powder and crunching Parma Violets, it's that they remind us of the elegant older women in our lives who have 'owned' that fragrence for longer than we've been alive.

I can't wear this. I can't pretend to the elegance and sophistication of my Great Aunt!

Dec
08
2015
Swamp Lily
Swamp Lily

I imagine the 1920s when I wear Mitsouko but I am not so naive to think that the Mitsouko I have been wearing is anything but a far cry from the original released in 1919. Nevertheless these 21st century testers and the sample I've been using seem to embody the style, design and decadence of my idea of the 20s fed by film, tv and books.

What is that note that makes it smell vintage? Oakmoss? Or rather Guerlain's new extract of oakmoss that complies with IFRA restrictions. I'm not experienced enough to easily identify these notes but it is there in No. 19 and Miss Dior Originale so I conclude oakmoss it must be. Mitsouko has a fruity vibe that is a little but not quite like todays sugared sweets ... I wonder how that went in the original.

I can dream of trying the original and would love to try any 20th century formulation. Perhaps Mitsouko is Guerlain's idea-of-Mitsouko for contemporary noses just as Baz Lurhmann's Gatsby is a glammed up contemporised version of Fitzgerald's book. Magnificent just the same but not the same.

Nov
30
2015
K1
K1

Believe me being an 80's child is not a very good coincidence to celebrate when it comes to perfumes! I'm an 80's production and the worse part of my olfactory journey is confronting a bunch of crap modern fragrances with no character came in the age of techno music as we approximated our 20. We are the generation of changes!

Reformulation, an immeasurable intervention used by marketing policies to cover watering down a perfume to fit it to newer criteria of design, fashion and health. I really want someone to answer me why the hell this term is synonym of dilution and not improvement?!

Bearing in mind that it happened to almost all chypres to be reformulated, maybe I'm hanging on dilution too much, yet, my EDP apparently lacks something and it is the identical spot on every chypre creation: oakmoss.

In fact everything is fine about Mitsouko and it has everything to charm me; animalic nuances, fruity chypre, oakmoss, powdery aspects, and indolic aura… But there is something which I'm not satisfied about my Mitsouko and it is grown lactonic theme (C14 lactone; a synthetic peach aroma which is usually miscalled an aldehyde) that overpowers poor oakmoss.

I have heard that the original and vintage versions are museum of oakmoss, and my EDP, which is a 2014 format, is a castrated fragrance by IFRA's restrictions that turned a legend into peach marmalade.

In such condition some bloggers say the 2013 version (that contains my 2014 EDP flacon as well) which Thierry Wassaer composed, is the most successful edition and the nearest to the original formula. I wish I could believe that, cause rationally a chypre has a certain definition and my nose, by default, searches for a composition that spins around particular amount of absinthal oakmoss, petrolic citrus, and spices, but all I get after an hour is dire creamy waxy grown peach as in Gucci Rush!

My Mitsouko opens with intense tone of hesperidic citruses and greens that promise for a lush chypre heart. Soon later, animalic hints (not listed among notes) beside ylang-ylang says hello. It's probably civet and I really like the way it makes a hot intimacy out of composition.

I love the touch of iris/orris powderiness in the beginning. It mingles with pepper and cloves to give strong boost to the green vibe. The green vibe is not fresh, it's so dusty and earthy with hint of rug that classics are notorious for. I apparently get oakmoss in the opening but after the fragrance sets to core, dramatically the composition lacks the accord badly to an epsilon level. Doesn't a camera without lens look odd?

Later, gradually lactonic nuances come up and peach takes hegemony and solidly performs. This is where I dangle and wonder where the hell all those notes have gone? It's like the sidewalk is trimmed and ended. Sort of woodsy dimension in the dry down encapsulates the whole, so the composition goes with fruity sweet woodsy theme.

Mitsouko EDP 2013 edition has very potent and very long lasting performance on my skin which guarantees more than one whole day and even more if I don't wash it off in the second day. Apparently this is a gigantic record for longevity but corresponding to such power it suggests mediocre or a little bit more projection.
★★★

باور کنین وقتی صحبت از عطر و اصالت عطر میشه، متولد دهۀ شصت بودن برای جشن گرفتن چندان دلخوشی نداره. من تولید اوایل شصت هستم و بدترین قسمت زندگیم تو مقوله عطر، هم دوران شدن با یه مشت آت و آشغال "مدرن" بی هویت هست که تو عصر موسیقی تکنو ظهور کردن وقتی ما داشتیم به جوانی 20 سالگی میرسیدیم. ما نسل "تغییرات" هستیم

رفورموله کردن؛ عنوان دخالتی بی حسابی هست که توسط مارکتها و سیاستهای بازار ارائه میشه برای توجیح آبکی کردن عطرها وتحت بهانه هماهنگ کردن اونها با موازین و مصادیق جدید مُد، طراحی، و سلامت. واقعا یکی رو نیاز دارم اینجا، الان، که بهم توضیح بده پس چرا این تغییرات و این رفورموله کردن همیشه مترادف "آبکی کردن" عطر هست و مترادف قدرت بخشیدن نیستن!؟

با در نظر داشتن اینکه رفورمولاسیون برای تقریبا همۀ عطرای شیپقه رخ داده و میده، شاید بگین این بابا زیادی گیر داده به این مقوله، اما، عطر میتسوکوی پارفوم من که تولید 2014 هست چیزی رو به آشکارا کم داره که مهرۀ اصلی هویت هر عطر شیپقه هست: خزۀ درخت بلوط

راستش با این عطرم حال میکنم و همه چیش کافیه برای اینکه مخ من رو بزنه؛ نت حیوانی، نت شیپقه میوه ای، خزه بلوط، نت پودری، و نت ایندولیک که عطر رو سکسی میکنه... اما یه چیزی هست که من رو ناراضی میکنه و اون هم رشد بی رویۀ نت لکتونیک هست (میوه هایی مثل هلو، شلیل و زردآلو همه لکتونیک های قوی هستن. اینجا سی 14 یه اکورد قدرتمند لکتونیک هلو هست که میتسوکو به وفور داردش و بعضی به اشتباه بهش آلدهید میگن) که روی خزۀ بلوط بیچاره اعمال قدرت میکنه و اون رو زمین میزنه

شنیدم چند بار که گفتن ورژن های قدیمی این عطر موزۀ خزۀ بلوط هستن و به زیبایی تمام این نت رو به نمایش میذارن. ولی نسخۀ پارفوم به دست موسسۀ "ایفرا" اخته شده و از موزۀ خزه به مارمالاد هلو تبدیل شده

در چنین شرایطی بعضی بلاگرها میگن ورژن 2013 که نسخۀ 2014 من رو هم شامل میشه و به دست تییِری وَسِر ساخته شده، موفق ترین نسخه و نزدیکترین به ورژن اصلی هست. کاش میتونستم این حرفا رو باور کنم چون وقتی میگیم "شیپقه" از یه تعریف مشخص حرف میزنیم و بینی من به طور خودکار دنبال ترکیبی میگرده که حول محوریت خزۀ بلوط سبز و ابسینت مانند، مرکبات نفتی و تیز و قوی، و ادویه میگرده؛ اما بعد از یه ساعت تنها چیزی که میگیرم نت خامه ای و چسبناک هلوی رسیده و میانسال هست که شبیه گوچی راش میمونه

میتسوکوی من با تم قدرتمند مرکبات خیلی بارز شروع میکنه و نتهای سبز که امید قلبی پخته و بالغ رو میده. کمی بعد، نت حیوانی که فکر میکنم سیوِت باشه با یلانگ یلانگ پدیدار میشه. واقعا ازوضعت سکسی منحرفی که سیوت توی عطر درست میکنه خوشم میاد. همچنین از بازی زنبق و ریشۀ زنبق هم خوشم میاد. این اکوردهای شدیدا پودری با ترکیب فلفل و میخک به نت سبز شروع حسی قدرتمند میدن. این تم سبز خنک نیست، خاکی و خاک گرفته هست با بویی شبیه فرش کهنه که کارهای کلاسیک بخاطرش معروفن. به وضوح بوی خزۀ بلوط رو حس میکنم تو شروع اما وقتی عطر به قلب کار میرسه و آروم میگیره، به طرز ناباورانه ای این اکورد تا حد اپسیلون فرو میره. شاپیقه بدون خزه مگه میشه؟! دوربین بدون لنز خنده دار نیست؟

کمی بعد، یواش یواش نمه های لکتونیک بالا میاد و هلوی رسیده و لَش به کل ترکیب هژمونی میگیره و تنهایی عربده میکشه. این دقیقا همون جایی هست که من از تعجب انگشت به دماغ میمونم که اون همه شکوه و جلال شروع کدوم گوری رفتن آخه؟ مثل این میمونه که دارین راه میرین یهو میرسین به آخر دنیا جایی که پیاده رو بریده شده. یه تم نرم چوبی توی آخرین لایه پرونده رو میبنده، و در نتیجه کلّیت کار میشه میوه ای و چوبی شیرین

میتسوکو پارفوم 2013 نیروی بسیار بالایی داره و موندگاری فراواقعی. روی پوست من بالای 24 ساعت میمونه و اگه فرداش دوش نگیرم فرداش هم میمونه. اما برای این موندگاری هیولاوار نشر بوی نسبتا کم و شاید کمی بیشتر از کم داشته باشه
★★★

Nov
21
2015
Waltzing Matilda
Waltzing Matilda

A friend gave me a bottle of Mitsouko last Christmas. It's certainly not a girly girl fragrance, but much more a perfume for a mature and worldly woman. It's a mysterious, melancholy 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.

Nov
19
2015
fuggerone
fuggerone

a kinky scent for the refined dandy..it's not feminine it's pure unadulterated unisex..... more on the cutting edge than some garbage labelled as niche scent!

Nov
15
2015
Kione
Kione

That was a lovely entry, and I will give it a go. Will update :)

Update: They don't have it in the local shop anymore! I will have to wait till I go home for Christmas to try it...

Nov
13
2015
jazzfan
jazzfan

Dear Kione, you should spray it on you, only skin gives Mitsouko justice. Only skin can make the old(ies but goodies) Guarlain alive. If she loves you, like she loves me, you will never want to live without her ever again. Character and presence with unexpected sensuality all in one bottle, who could say no to that? Not me.
Perfect strangers stop on the street to compliment it hours after light application. Unbelievable.

Nov
09
2015
Kione
Kione

Is the vintage version much nicer than the modern one? because I tested this today and I am a bit shocked at how many people love it.
And I usually like vintages, perfumes with history... but this one I would never spray on me. So I am really wondering if the vintage version is just so much better.

Nov
04
2015
chayaruchama
chayaruchama

Ah, Mitsouko!
My first perfume, my first Guerlain.
I broke my piggybank around age 11 to buy it and never regretted it.
It felt like home to me, and came to be my scented wraith for the decades to come.
All my friends, lovers, my husbands, my children came to associate it with me.
When I needed to leave for work, I would leave a nightgown scented with it in my sons' crib.
When my eldest lived on his own, I gave him a small flacon for comfort in rough times.
I never fell out of love with it: not through pregnancies, sorrows, joys, the passage of time.

Nov
01
2015
pamelapuffadder
pamelapuffadder

I bought an unused bottle of 1980s vintage Mitsouko recently and was stunned at how beautiful it is. I have owned a small bottle of vintage L'Heure Bleue(used it all up) and thought this was in the same vein but had more spice. There is that underlying antique slightly sweet smell - like L'Heure Bleue but it's a bit warmer. I find it astonishingly beautiful. That it is antique yet still gorgeous and wearable amazes me. Just proves Guerlaine knows how to make fragrance. I spray it on my wrists at night which is how I wear most of my perfumes because I don't want to impose my scent on folks in public. But around the house, I'm wearing something. I find the Mitsouko lasts well. I can still smell it on my wrists in the morning, though ever so slight.

Oct
29
2015
stacia79
stacia79

Mitsouko might be haunted. Maybe when you put it on, her ghost comes alive and rides along with you. This seems to be a fragrance that affects many people profoundly, myself included.

Oct
13
2015
struthion
struthion

Why is this so beautiful? It's sophisticated without being aloof, exotic but familiar, seductive and approachable at the same time.

I think of exotic orchards in winter just as dawn sets in, when the chilled fruits are first warmed by the sun. This is the weary joy of a stormbeaten ship seeing a light on the horizon.

I hear this compared to l'Heure Bleu. One is supposed to represent the beginning of the war, a delicate and wistful twilight. Innocence. Nostalgia. Mitsouko is supposed to be the end of the war, and it has none of that. L'Heure Bleu looks to the past with longing, Mitsouko looks to the future with a survivor's eye, seeing a world where endurance and dignity mean more than happiness or regret.

Oct
13
2015
PerfumeEmpress
PerfumeEmpress

This gorgeous scent used to be my signature scent and I invariably got raving compliments when I wore it. I have tried the new version several times before commenting on it and I regret to say it's nowhere near the original. Not even close. I never forgave Guerlain for reformulating it. Never. In fact, I consider ALL perfume reformulations to be a crime against creativity and art. But ... I guess we have to make way/adapt to this new Age of Mediocrity. So bring on the flowery, fruity, evaporate-in-seconds, run-of-the-mill, inoffensive Eaux de Mallrat, so prevalent these days. They're not worth a (bleep), but they smell young. Oh, and let's not forget the infallible, tyranny-laundering excuse: "It's good for the environment."

Bitter? You bet I'm bitter! Some of my most beloved sig scents have been vandalized by the Reformulation Mafia, curse them.

Oct
06
2015
ladykarl
ladykarl

Mitsouko gives a playful, free spirited aura
Springing to mind countless adventures full of tasteful places and graces
strolling, skipping, singing to oneself a little song under its breath...
light on its feet
cool kat

Fresh start, approachable -yet-complex all the while promoting simple, effortless, timeless style

Its center is touch peachy, cinnamon and spice
and the dry down of warm resins.
Seems impossibly unlikable

Oct
06
2015
Madalina Buleandra
Madalina Buleandra

One of the best and beautiful chypre smelling fragrance I've ever met. Its intricacy and artistry are astonishing.

Even in newest formula it still has a mysterious and melancholic aura. Not too formal or old school at all, even it's one of the greatest classic ever made.

Oct
04
2015
kewldd7780
kewldd7780

Another masterpiece from the house of guerlain,just receifragrances de parfum through the mail today.I was giddy as I opened the wrapping ever so carefully and I immediately sprayed some on my wrist and OMG.What a wonderful beautiful burst of scent going up my nostrils.I felt like in pure ecstasy.The opening was a juicy sweet peach which on my skin lasted for ten minutes than comes my favorite part of the fragrance which is the oakmoss and other spices,words alone could not describe such a beautiful fragrance.I had owned the EDt for many years and loved it but it's a mere shadow a soft whisper in comparison to the EDP concentration.With the edt I don't really smell the peach that much,it's actually mainly alcohol for the first few minutes until the almost and the spices comes through but with the EDP the notes are so much more pronounced and deep and wonderful.Its now been half an hour and the EDP still smells heavenly on my right wrist,while on my left wrist sits the edt where I can hardly smell anymore.For anyone that has never smelled Mitsouko before please smell the EDP first before the edt the olfactory experience is so much better.To me Mitsouko will always be one of my favorite fragrances and one that I couldn't possibly be without it's wonderful a juice that is so enticing and sensual that if was a real place I would take a vacation there for a year.I can't stop smelling my wrist it's so good and also I would like to mention that this was the first fragrance of the chypre family that I have owned and since then have been a lover of many chypre fragrances but this one by far is my favorite.Its so unique and complex,I have yet to smell any other fragrance that resembles this one,but I doubt it.Mitsouko is in a class all by itself,truelly a treasure of a scent that no perfumista should be without in their fragrance wardrobe.Its pure heaven in a bottle.

Sep
21
2015
windhill
windhill

One of the most beautiful smelling fragrance I've ever met in my life. Melancholic and artistic. Its complexity and qualities are beyond described.

Even in newest formula Mitsouko's mysterious aura still shine through the composition. The peach, jasmine and rose notes are smell quite natural. Very balanced. Some may find Mitsouko too formal and a bit old school, but the youthfulness of peach notes floating on the oakmoss floor is what giving Mitsouko contemporary kind of scent. Not old lady at all.

I think considered by most people taste today. Mitsouko can be one of the best chrype for both men and women. Masculine enough for gentleman and feminine enough for ladies. Its easy to wear, has class and easy to love. My new favourite in top 5.

Sep
15
2015
guest_
guest_

Third day of my trial with this very peculiar fragrance. I tried the tiniest bit on my wrist on the first day just after I received my bottle through the post and was immediately repulsed. A huge fume of vegetal dry leaf rotten cabbage smell after an initial millisecond of citrus before it hit my skin. It was a shock and I washed it off and felt really disappointed. Next day after my shower in the morning,I sprayed both wrists and base of throat, thinking that my bottle had travelled a long way and maybe needed to settle to temperature. Same initial slightly rotten alienating smell, but this time I just got dressed and went outside to hang out the washing. By the time I came back indoors, the disgusting smell had gone away, to be replaced by a completely and utterly surprising delicate and ever changing very haunting scent for the rest of the day. It was still there at bedtime, close to the skin. I really liked it, very much. I did the same again today. Once the pungent unpleasant opening had gone after about twenty minutes and it had warmed to my skin, it began to unfold the same as before. l find this addictive. if I were to wear this out and about, I would have to think about it in advance, but I'm not sure about it. It must be a peculiarity of my body chemistry that it has this odd effect, there is still a slight sourness about it, but it isn't exactly off-putting, I want to keep on sniffing it! I don't know what the reaction would be to another nose other than my own on me, so this may remain a private scent for myself alone. I can't wear Chanel 5, as this just smells absolutely awful on my skin but 19 used to be my signature scent before I gave up wearing perfume altogether. I guess our skin chemistry is what affects all perfumes and we will never find out if we don't try. I am really glad I tried this for the second time and gave it the chance it deserves, and I will continue to wear it whenever I am in the mood for it. It seems a very intimate fragrance to me, it doesn't shout out loud, but is definitely there. Very haunting and to my mind a beautiful transformation.

Sep
05
2015
Basteth
Basteth

To all the others reviews I just want to ad that this is a longevity monster. I put it on this morning and sprayed some in my hair since I was going to be a lot in the Sun And didn't want perfume on my skin. Now it is time for bed, I've had my shower and washed my hair and also used conditioner. And my hair and my entire being smells more than it did this morning! I'm gonna wait this one out I think, and not use any other perfume. Just to see how long it will last. Seriously good value for money.

Aug
17
2015
Zetamamman
Zetamamman

My skin is hard to perfume, most fragrances smell harsh and sharp on it. Even Shalimar smells like pure citrus detergent without a single hint of vanilla.

In my late teens, a friend introduced me to Mitsouko which was the perfect choice- smooth, warm and salty. I didn't wear anything else for 10 years. I loved the smell myself, but never got a single compliment. Instead, the boyfriends who weren't indifferend would ask, beg and plead with me to get me to stop using it. I would just continue, alternating eau de parfum with parfum. And then I stopped using it when I got pregnant. I kept a small bottle of vintage perfume to smell every other year at the most. Then I met a man who loved perfume on himself, and on women. But Mitsouko reminded him of his evil grandmother.
A long search begun for something he could like, and I at least tolerate. The irony of it all was that at the right stage of unwash, his armpits smell exactly like Mitsouko, smooth, warm and salty. (I just caught a typo: Pitsouko, but I should start calling him that!)
I would find something that worked for me, kind of, use it for a year, get bored, try to find something else.
Now I have a number of ok ones ones I can alternate, but I kept searching for something to love. Lately the search intensified, there must be something else out there that's really really good! Mitsouko can't be the only one. And does it really smell that fantastic? Today I brought out my old bottle and yes, it does. Right from the application, no neew to wait for an acceptable drydown. Nothing else even comes close. I will stop looking for others and start ebaying for vintage...

Aug
09
2015
Perfumed life
Perfumed life

Mitsouko one of the best if not the best chypre of all times without beeing heavy it opens with those citrus notes and then the interesting stuffs appear . The spices the smell of the oakmoss witch is so well blended that is predominant from the open to the the closure of the scent . Of course this isn't a review because no one has the right to review a masterpiece not even if his a master in the field . I just like to declare my love for mitsouko my grandmother's only perfume in her dressing table and I still enjoy it though is not the same perfume as with all the old ones due to restrictions or just because all the companies want to make appealing perfumes to younger age groups . But as I said to my post for miss Dior some things have to leave them as they are and not commit sacrilege by interfere with them. That' s why I turned to niche perfumes and that's why I create my own perfumes as a niche perfumer my self . I don't want any organizations to tell me which component will make my skin irritated . I'll have to take my chances on this . I don't remember my grand mother to be skin irritated though she wore all her life mitsouko in the old formulation who was so heavy on the oakmoss . Mitsouko is a masterpiece in perfumerie . And it should be treated like one .

Jul
31
2015
Irenevh
Irenevh

My recent first experience with Mitsouko EdP was magical. I intend to ask the place I purchased the decant from (TPC) any details they may have. I have experienced the magic and complexity of other Guerlain fragrances, in particular some of the older creations. But I had not yet come across Mitsouko in any form.

My sample came and I purposely waited until the right moment to even pick it up. There it stood upright in a careful position for days, and I admired it and wondered about it. Something in me simply knew this little sample was going to be different than all of the other fragrances I have that I like but have not fallen in love with. In a sort of way I have felt for years like a forlorn soul looking for a scent but not knowing what I was looking for. I am not as poetic, knowledgable or descriptive as most others who have shared their experiences or opinions, but it is an important quest for those who are inclined and interested.

At the right moment, I put a few dabs on, and I felt instantly transported to when I was about 6 and we were visiting family friends in their enormous Victorian house, high ceilings, ornate wood architectural details, pale candy colors, wrought iron gate, huge Beech trees in the yard, many hiding spots for children to play in. Someone there wore Mitsouko. I believe it was the man of the house. Those happy memories were stored in my head though I hadn't thought of them in over 40 years. I breathed in this potion again and knew with the greatest clarity and sense of relief that this was it for me. My fragrance. I actually teared up. I tear up now thinking of it.

I have begun studying every bit of info I can find on the history of Mitsouko and formulations. I plan to purchase a vintage extrait and the most recent one as presents, to me.

Now I understand. I cannot wait to share my life with Mitsouko.

Jul
31
2015
karlovonamesti
karlovonamesti

Just an updated opinion on this (the current EDP):

I'm a bit confounded by the pyramid here, as I get no lilac at all in Mitsouko. I also don't get "spices" in any great quantity, other than perhaps a little buzz around the edges. There's an enormous iris note in the top accord, and a stunning bergamot that lasts and lasts, yet smells pretty natural. The peach is in there of course, but it's not very sweet, more of a dry peach skin effect. There's also no ylang-ylang whatsoever, although there is a wry and masculine rose note. I'll concede that there's probably some jasmine and vetiver in there, especially vetiver, but these don't jump out at me. And the synthetic oakmoss is what holds it all together in Mitsouko nowadays.

Still love this stuff. Beautiful autumnal perfume. Works amazingly well on guys, and amazingly no guys I've ever met wear it. More for me.

Jul
30
2015
Thesheppardswife
Thesheppardswife

After doing my review for the extract, this one will probably be even less popular.
I really am berating myself over my inability to like Mitsouko. The problem is that I don't pick up what everyone else is getting. I can almost handle the extract but the EDP is beyond me. What do I smell? Lavender which I am never fond of, beeswax, resins and cigarette smoke. Is it not amazing how different our noses are?

I have worn various forms of Mitsouko over the years, as my husband loves it. Or at least he loves a memory of it. He has difficulty registering most scents. There is still a part bottle of a pre 2014 ETP in my collection which I am going to encourage him to wear. It smells bearable on him.

Jul
24
2015
gerdbad
gerdbad

A very complex cypher. Oakmoss, vetiver, spices. There's a soft citrus in the opening with a hint of lilac. It's very different. The drydown in divine and spicy. This is a real work of art. I can understand why it's so popular, and timeless.

Jul
10
2015
amirdoust
amirdoust

Mitsouko! You were the one that got away but were murdered by the cowards. The one who escaped history to haunt me. What is it that you want? What is your mystery? Every time I spray you on you're telling me new things, new stories new fairy tales. Why won't you reveal all your secrets at once? Maybe it's because despite being a classic chypre your genius is still ahead of time. Jacques Guerlain worked magic with your lush "C4" peach note against the bed of oakmoss. Mitsouko if Louis Vuitton hadn't taken over you, if IFRA hadn't shot your soul you would have become without doubt the fragrance that everyone even by today's standards would envy.

Smell deep, smell rich, smell sophisticated, smell like Mitsouko!

Jul
09
2015
Pebbles7532
Pebbles7532

I've always wanted to try this perfume - it's infamous, daring, vintage. I had to try it. I bought a sample, which I'm glad I did. There is something that keeps me smelling my arm...I do love the powdery smell that reveals itself during the dry down.

It's an intriguing scent, but to me, it is very masculine. I would love this scent one man...it's rather deep, woody, and musky.

Jul
03
2015
Jose Marcos
Jose Marcos

To all new Mitsouko lovers, just you wait, just you wait until you also try L'Heure Bleu. Both Guerlain's scent make everything esle redundant, pointless. Although I love other scents they are as precious as an art oblect can be. Perfection in their own entities.

Jun
09
2015
globus pallidus
globus pallidus

Enchanted forest turning into scrumptious unnamable peachy goodness turning into overworldly flower bouquet. On his website Monsieur Guerlain stated that Guerlain is the dessert of perfumes, and Mitsouko proves that in the best possible way. Guerlain, and especially Jacques, is to me Willy Wonka (or the Chocolate Factory, respectively) without the calories.

Jun
04
2015
Dcarlo
Dcarlo

Mitsouko, my first blind buy and the biggest surprise ever.
I know perfumes should never be blind buys and specially Mitsouko. However since is not here in my country and I couldn't wait any longer I took the risk and bought it on line.
Something inside told me we were going to get along perfectly well.
I could not anticipate the rest of the story.
First of all, I was prepared to smell an old and dusty attic, rotten peaches, moldy soil and old rooms, after reading some reviews. However it was even more challenging.
Let me tell you how wrong those are, at least for me.
On me Mitsouko was the most complex yet perfectly blended and suprising perfume ever.
I was lucky enough to receive the 2015 edition of this beauty and I couldn't believe it, it's gorgeous!
The opening was like taking the best notes from Chanel 19 and Aramis supported by the eternal "guerlinade".
Those wonderful and incredibly notes lasted for almost an hour.
The next was a mix of roses, peach, cloves and something else I can't describe. It reminded me of Coco middle notes with Guerlain's Vetiver.
Every 20-30 minutes the initial notes came back while the base was changing into something out of this world.
After 6 hours my body began to irradiate a magic combo of lemon, cinnamon and a very subtle oakmoss supported by the best vetiver I have ever smelled.
Unisex, no doubt about it, the best among its kind.
All the ladies at my office went crazy about it.
However a friend tried it on and it was horrible on him, horrible.
Yes ladies and gents, Mitsouko is a very temperamental lady and she chooses you. If she isn't fond of you she will let you know right away.
Well, I am another one who felt under Mitsouko's spell. From now on I'm part of it's loyal lovers like Chaplin, Harlow, Bergman and De la Fressange.
Now I can say with all certainy, Mitsouko is the most perfect perfume in history.

Jun
01
2015
zukigirl
zukigirl

~ I just received my first EDP bottle of Mitsouko... my only regret, the bottle does not come in "bath" quatity. I would soak in that tub, all my remaining days on earth.....A must purchase for every woman in this world!!

Update:
I rarely go to bed without taking Mitsouko with me. The other night, as I was lying in bed and deeply breathing her in, I asked myself why do I enjoy it so much?! Then it dawned on me.....it reminds me of Christmas. It's the cloves in this perfume that speaks to me...My only beautiful memory that I vividly remember is Christmas and the single orange I would receive along with a few pieces of candy. Oh how I would look forward to that gift all year long! As I got older, I loved making Christmas decorations and with my love for citrus I would stud them with cloves and always had an overflowing bowl of them on my kitchen table. Then the imaginable happened and I ordered Mitsouko as a blind buy on eBay....my life has been changed forever. If one can truly fall in Love with a perfume....I have found my LoVe.

May
29
2015
margarita.angelova
margarita.angelova

This transports you straight to the 1920s and you can see yourself as a bold flapper girl at a party, laughing loudly without a care in the world even though there's a sense of danger in the atmosphere on that cool, wet and foggy night.

It's an artifact from a different era, a totally beautiful classic but other than wearing it to a 1920s themed event, I can't see myself smelling like that on a day to day basis. It's strictly demanding a particular character and setting in order to make it fit and not be ridiculously misused.

May
23
2015
Cheekypossum
Cheekypossum

Just got this in EDP, a melancholic fragrance that wraps me like I'm being inside an atmosphere, the most beautiful atmosphere, a reminder of old times.

When I was very young, my mum, ( a Javanese) she used to burn a coin or a small piece of sandalwood ( not that there's sandalwood in this, but it feels like it) in a little bowl, the incense just leave the air in the house smells divine. She always cooked every day, all those wonderful meals with lots of spices, ahhh the smell... and if I bring myself back to the memory of opening her wardrobe I would find vetiver roots on top of the shelf.. So beautiful.

Everything in Mitsouko remind me of home, that ylang tree in the garden, the loveliest atmosphere of home, that sweet citrusy powdery woody smell..

It's a personal fragrant for me, I don't wear this outside, I wear this on "me" time.
Longevity is moderate, I have the new formulation, it's not that much different with the old formulation.. Cheers!

May
18
2015
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.

from scenthurdle.com

May
17
2015
kumquat2
kumquat2

This is a true shape-shifter of a perfume. I've tried my sample so many times, wanting to love it like I love L'heure Bleu and Shalimar but each time it just overpowered me with a very harsh oakmoss blast. I would always end up washing it off after an hour of unhappiness and disappointment. Decided it just wasn't for me.
Today I woke up thinking of it and decided to try it again....amazing and beautiful peach and cinnamon!! Nothing harsh or dark at all. I cannot stop sniffing myself. This Mitsouko is beautiful and light-hearted and makes me feel anything is possible. What changed?
Don't care. Love it! Have to have a bottle now. The peaches and spices and the effervescent quality of this have won me over. Mitsouko, I bow to you. Incredible changing beauty.

May
07
2015
frag-overdose
frag-overdose

I have never thought that Mitsouko would one day be sold in Malaysia at Guerlain counters. Somewhere in October (or probably months earlier) 2014, an amazing array of Guerlain classics are made available for the Malaysian market.

I immediately fell in love with Mitsouko EDT after my first try. Its citrus is effervescent in a concoction of a rather shy duo of peach and rose. Its powdery scent, despite just a tinge, it is somehow discerning.

Months later, I spent on the EDP. Unlike my EDT, it left me no option than to pay for its retail as it was no way I could save cash by getting a tester. Simply because, the tester is not available in the EDP concentration. Yet, knowing the possibility of this beautiful fragrance may be withdrawn from the Malaysian market, as chypre is not the number one olfactory appeal here, I resorted to buying 2 of the 75ml.

The EDP renders grace and elegence stupendously. Every note is exceptionally fine tuned, making the EDP an absolute triumph in the olfactory concoction of citrus, peach, rose, spices, and the contentious oakmoss, made hefty in the opening and throughout.

Having no experience to Mitsouko of any concentration prior to the 2013 batch makes me immediately think, if the current release has awed me much, Mitsouko of many, many years ago must surely be an upscale beauty.

May
01
2015
danap648
danap648

Mitsouko EDP is a beautiful scent, but it is so powerful that I can't apply it directly to my skin. This is one of those scents that I have to spray and walk into.

Apr
27
2015
megrim
megrim

The EDP of Mitsouko is a dark mistress. More aloof, rounded, cold and austere than her EDT counterpart. The EDP opens with a pungent, stuffy, oakmoss/citrus blast that is simultaneously rich, thick, and unmistakably vintage.

It unfolds into a powdery, cool scent with spices and moss taking top billing, with a dry, spicy undercurrent and a soft but relentless, dry, peach humming beneath it all.

It's vintage nature makes it extremely unisex, even quite masculine in the opening hour or so. It does however, posses that particular 'makeup/lipstick' note that many older feminine perfumes had. Usually it's created with heavy-handed orris/iris - here it's created through an interesting play of bitter, green, oakmoss and powder notes.

Beautifully rounded, nothing here stands out as harsh or jarring, the only plainly noticeable note to my nose is oakmoss. Everything else is a wonderful melange of swirling, throaty, inky lushness.

Performance is pretty good. Longevity is stellar and projection is heavy for the first few hours before settling into a more gentle - but no less severe - humming skin scent.

Mitsouko is not a friendly woman. She is haughty, handsome and hearty. Tread carefully.

Apr
19
2015
Hilda0414
Hilda0414

Purchased my Mitsouko EDP recently and decided to tread quite lightly with application, having read of the incredible strength . In fact a light spray behind my knees and a very light spritz on one elbow, which I lightly pressed onto the opposite wrist. Wise choice. This bottle will last a lifetime.

Immediately I thought it was a mistake to have purchased...and in five minutes the beautiful unfolding began. I can't stop savoring my wrist! A lovely clove or cinnamon scent that reminds me a bit of Organza Indecence that I used to own, but much more complex. I even detect a creamy aspect. Incredibly luxurious and complex. But , for me, at least...not for a hot, sweltering day. Cool weather, evenings and even rainy days. A masterpiece I am proud to add to my collection.

Apr
12
2015
Beffie1963
Beffie1963

Initially a very strong baby formula smell square cold-cocked me. I was immediately put off and let my Mitsouko sample drift down to the bottom of the box. Yesterday was cold and rainy for late March. I was going through my samples and found Mitsouko, pouting. Ok, ok. So glad I gave it another whirl. Rich, earthy moss punches right up through the middle of ylang ylang, woody and semi-dry. Mitsouko is beautiful. I'm new to the whole perfumista thing. But I have learned to put aside all expectations when sampling fragrances. To let the perfume introduce itself and tell me its story. Once I allowed Mitsouko to do this, I discovered the masterpiece. But only when I let Mitsouko reveal it to me.

Mar
28
2015
magnolia_xx
magnolia_xx

Mitsouko is an acquired taste.
In a candy-floss perfume world, where women in their late fourties douse with "Angel Eau Sucree" or "Prada Candy", suffocating and causing diabetic coma to everybody on the same bus, loving this classic fragrance seems weird. Many people will call it "Granny's perfume" or will even consider it as masculine...
Common taste about perfumes has so much changed (and not for better) that anything with oakmoss or vetiver is considered suitable for men, while women seem to have to wear concoctions of fruit and vanilla to smell "nice".
Mitsouko is something different.
It is sharp and strong, yet warm and romantic.
It is the perfume for a strong-willed, self-assertive, passionate woman, who can also be tender and fragile like a butterfly.
You must have personality to wear it, because it will stand out in the crowd, and you will not go unnoticed.
Clear your mind from prejudices, try it and let it surround you with its spices and flowers: it will conquer you.

Mar
09
2015
cypherz
cypherz

Southern Comfort and Tobacco! On my skin the peach note smells very like that liqueur. The oakmoss and vetiver in Mitsouko remind me of a dry tobacco. There is an iodine note there makes me think of a specific tobacco, Latakia. I find Mitsouko to be dry, astringent, with occasionally detected notes of spice and vague sweetness. Much more of a masculine scent than feminine.

Feb
14
2015
MoonSparrow
MoonSparrow

I love the name; indeed I love all Guerlain's fragrance names. Mitsouko sounds poetic, like a mysterious Japanese beauty sweeping past in silken robes, face partially hidden behind a folding fan. I love the idea of it.

Alas, I do not love the scent. It is VERY loud, sharp and tangy on me, pungent even, and I cannot identify the note that is offensive. Possibly something amongst the unnamed "spices" in the base notes...or perhaps it is the vetiver. All other notes listed are ones I have enjoyed and loved in other fragrances, (though I do not recognize any rose, jasmine, lilac, peach or amber) so it is a puzzle why this does not work on me. I struggled to keep from washing it off after just a few minutes because I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt. An hour later I still did not like it, then two and finally three hours later it had softened into a not unpleasant cinnamon spice scent.

I recognize that Mitsouko is a beautifully crafted, complex fragrance, and truly regret that I cannot wear it, ever. It is just too harsh on me, nothing like the resplendent Samsara or L'Heure Bleue, subtler fragrances more suited to my skin chemistry. Pity, because I would love to be able to answer the question "What is your scent" with the exotic sounding "Mitsouko....."

Feb
12
2015
juzme
juzme

Edp from 2003(3E02) : pure horror.It's nothing but an oily extract , monotone , like sun oil , unfinished base of a perfume . Like someone else said ,sort of out of a tomb.
It doesn't change on skin ,smells exactly like in the bottle: traumatising.
Remember I tried it in a shop 1-2 years back and the experience was also negative.Now I'm curious how the vintage smells like.

Feb
10
2015
pattyk
pattyk

This is a beautiful fragrance, actually perfect. I can't wear that many perfumes that don't turn sour on me near the end. This one lasts and smells beautiful the whole time. No matter if you spray it on your skin or your clothes, it's beautiful. It is not one bit offensive. I love wearing it and smelling it on me all day and evening. No reason to respray. It is a good quality perfume whether it's the "eau de toilette" or the "eau de parfum". I cannot pick out each individual scent within the scent but I can say it's one well blended perfume. Just to let you know, scents I usually like are as such;
L' de Lolita Lempicka, Givenchy Organza Indecence, Estee Lauder Youth Dew....I have about a hundred of different perfumes. Most of them have musk, amber, vanilla,some fruit and flowers and sometimes patchouli. I love most of them but this one I simply adore.I hope this helps if you are considering this "something special" perfume.

Feb
09
2015
GBoo
GBoo

I wore this for the first time today (from a vintage sample from TPC) and I am twitterpated.

The opening is so Guerlain-- bergamot for sure, but the jasmine is there, and mild rose, and everything all at once. Now, seven hours after application, I get lilac, anchored by cinnamon and vetiver on a bed of moss.

Yes, this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

Jan
25
2015
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 gorgeous 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 disappoint 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.

Jan
16
2015
RaggedyAnne
RaggedyAnne

WOW! This is a beautiful perfume, its definatley Guerlain, its spicy and sweet at the same time...(on me anyway), I had Shalimar for a little while and didnt like it......this is similar in my opinion, but with all the bits I didnt like about Shalimar taken out, and all the lovely bits left in.....
I would wear this to a special occasion or an evening, its even been worn on shopping trips and easily worn at work too....a crowd pleaser.....yes its a 'once-size-fits-all' for me.. I put it right up there with my favourite perfumes of all time.....Chanel # 5 and Guerlain Insolence.....now I have my top 3....

Jan
12
2015
Edee
Edee

I have heard that Mitsouko has to love your body chemistry for you to smell all her layers and love the way she interacts with your body. Well ladies, she loves the hell out of me. Immediately upon spraying her, the fragrance drew me in. I waited for the dry down and each ingredient, spices, oakmoss, fruit and cinnamon, etc. were all revealed. They all merge and mix so seamlessly. This is a very unique fragrance that was and still is ahead of it's time. If you don't want ordinary or the usual, give her a try. If she loves you, you will adore her. I do.

This is review of the Eau de Parfum.

Jan
10
2015
RosieRachel
RosieRachel

I actually craved this fragrance today; there's something about it. Mitsouko sparkles quietly like champagne. It's charming, soft, subtle and perfect for a lady. Wearing this makes me feel calm.

I can't really describe this fragrance very well, but I can tell that it's extremely well-blended and quite complex. Mitsouko is very pretty - a bit of freshness, lots of spices, very woodsy, a little earthy, and not at all harsh, with a beautiful woodsy dry-down. This perfume would be lovely for the summertime. It does however only last for about 2-3 hours until it becomes a skin scent; sillage being very soft.

Mitsouko is a very classic and vintage-smelling perfume, and one that I am growing to love. I think that is because it isn't too overwhelming or heady, which is unfortunately how I find many vintage perfumes. To me it's also quite unusual, because at 25 not only do I find it very wearable its also something different to what everyone else my age is wearing.

Jan
04
2015
Msgreenpebble
Msgreenpebble

*originally posted under the EDT...this is for the Eau de Parfum

A beguiling and baroque shapeshifter. I was wearing this while walking in the Prado Museum in Madrid, and this perfectly calls to mind the image of Velasquez's "Christ Crucified"- a pale and shimmering figure against an uncommonly dark and rich background. Melancholically alluring and very tactile- a portrait of sex and death. Stunning and suitably challenging...

Jan
01
2015
Lily2911
Lily2911

I am wearing today my old time favorite Guerlain : both the perfume extract and the EDP. What more can be told about this masterpiece. It is unbelievable that this perfume remains "ageless", although created in 1919, this perfume remains THE reference chypre for many women & men. I admire how Thierry Wasser was able to reformulate it without damaging too much the initial DNA. I strongly recommend to buy the latest bottles. He succeeded to replace the interdiction of oakmass and kept the creamy peaches, spicy cinnamon, and cool moss notes all intact. The actual version is extremely well balanced and I recommend the EDP instead of the more citrus, watery EDT version. You cannot appreciate Mitsouko, if you dislike complex layered perfumes. You have that typical moss and refreshing bergamot notes at each end but there are lot of spicy accents reminiscent of cinnamon and cloves and heavenly peach. That special peach note is very "Mitsouko" distinctive and it also contains rose, neroli, vetiver. The candied orange/peach softens that strong, herbal aspects of Mitsouko, while the flowers are so subdued and well-blended that they become more an abstract beauty. Yes Mitsouko is not an easy perfume to appreciate or love, it still remains a mystery for lot of us but once you discover the unique beauty, it remains your very loyal perfume for ever.

Dec
19
2014
nexangelus
nexangelus

Vintage Guerlain Mitsouko from 4160 Tuesdays.

Wow this is strong! Typical sharp citrussy opening with warm, spicy aftermath. This is very masculine and I like masculine scents. Not much floral coming through apart from lilac maybe. I would layer this under a sweeter perfume if I was to buy it. It is a classic though and has that rich, dark, depth to it. Bet you won't wash it off in a hurry either, small dabs. Wait, the longer you leave it, the more notes come through.

Dec
11
2014
Jerrythecat
Jerrythecat

Update from my posting back in August.
Mitsouko has completely charmed me so much so that I recently have bought... 3 bottles of the EDP (at £39 each for 75ml, who could resist?) for moi...
I know it's crazy, but I now cannot leave the house without a couple of Mitsouko sprays on me: I would feel completely naked.
Also with the cold weather approaching, Mitsouko is the perfect winter warmer and comforting scent.

Dec
02
2014
t4x3
t4x3

A charming, attractive lady with a dirty, dirty mind she keeps well-hidden. It is like the movie Belle de Jour in a bottle. Totally inappropriate for sitting in the carline waiting for little children to run out of school at the ring of the bell. But it is too divine to scrub off in favor of something safe. This is another classic Guerlain with that distinctive powdery veil that floats off the tip of your nose. The oak moss holding all those florals together is earthy, grounded, gorgeous. And boy do I love that hot cinnamon note.

Nov
07
2014
Nurse Feratu
Nurse Feratu

Well, anybody want an almost full bottle of the EDT? Now that I've finally gone for the EDP the EDT is going out the door! For years now I have been trying to love, hell, even LIKE Mitsouko but the only bottle I've had was in EDT strength and it just wasn't agreeing with me. There was no citrus, no cinnamon, no rose, apricots, no NOTHING except a vanillic Play-Doh smell with maybe a hint of peanuts or almonds. After reading reviews and doing a little research I noticed quite a few people stating that there was a vast difference between the EDT and the EDP versions. Now that I've compared the to myself, I quite agree! When I spritz the EDP I am greeted with bright, juicy citrus, particularly lemon, spiked with spicy, nose-tickling cinnamon. As it dries, the lemon calms and sweet rose and luscious apricots emerge still cloaked in cinnamon. Slowly, a powdery melange of spices, resins, and amber surface. The rose kind of plays hide and seek at this point and I don't get jasmine or lilac when my nose is honed in on where I've sprayed it, however, they bloom in sporadic bursts like fireworks as I move and waft the fragrance through the air. It's heaven so far and my only regret is not buying this sooner! Many, many bottles sooner!

Nov
01
2014
Deppaholic
Deppaholic

Not at all blooming lovely on me. The tiniest of sprays on my inner elbow, and very potent, even lasted through a shower! I find it very manly. I think I would love it on a man. As I read about this, I have a 2012 formulation, and it has gone through reform school a few times. I guess I can live without it. I don't even think in it's glory days it would bloom on me. There's plenty of other Guerlain I love, and get tons of compliments from. I will try again, but this is about the 3rd time in 2 years I've tried it. Shoo Mitsouko, I can see we walk very different paths.

Oct
23
2014
professorlilith
professorlilith

This is based on a .5 ml sample of edp from Theperfumedcourt dot com. It's sweet and a little rotten in the opening, as if a small animal or a ripe peach were decaying right under a bale of lavender, lilac and rose--even though there's no lavender in the notes listed here. Oddly, it smells good on my clothes at this point, even if not on me, and it smells good on my clothes all day long. The decayed quality diminishes gradually and is slowly replaced by the lilac and rose, which are in turn joined and by the amber, cinnamon, and oakmoss. I find the lavender/lilac stays throughout, but that the cinnamon diminishes. Putting several drops of it in one place (instead of my usual 1 drop) makes a substantial difference in how much the bottom notes come out and how fast they become noticeable. The sillage is pretty good-a little more than arms length--and the staying power is excellent. On my clothes it will stick for close to 24 hours; on me it's still noticeable at 9 or 10 hours.

Oct
06
2014
RozaMoisevna
RozaMoisevna

Similarly as other Guerlain perfumes, Mitsouko is a child of its times carrying an intellectual quality within itself. To fully appreciate its beauty (as in case with other classic perfumes), one should imagine the olfactory ambiance of the early 20th century. Wooden paneled walls of interiors, the smell of floor wax, leather, tobacco, coffee, tea and exquisite pastry containing only natural ingredients both in houses and on the streets. This combination of smells added to the smell of fresh oil paintings when their wearers visited art galleries, expositions and artistic performances. Mitsouko must have been born in this environment, the same as L'Heure Bleue, Apres L'Ondee and many other classic perfumes capturing a particular moment in time. To my belief, this might be the reason why nowadays so many reviewers find Mitsouko off-putting as it simply does not correspond to our modern day olfactive experiences. The often cited gasoline note, though, might come from a synthetic reinterpretation of oakmoss by Thierry Wasser, however, it disappears within a couple of minutes after application.

Oct
06
2014
mi55anthr0py
mi55anthr0py

Oh, dear. I was so excited to try this, having recently delved into vintages (with, unfortunately, not-so-great results). I'm going to word this carefully, because I'm not out to offend others' sensibilities, or insult perfumers' talents.

I wish I weren't so ignorant when it comes to identifying fragrance notes, because it might help prevent me from constantly repeating sampling mistakes! It's a very, very good thing that I only dabbed this on a tiny bit of forearm. The initial piercing, spicy blast was, for me, as gag-worthy as my first (and only) sniff of ELDO's Secretions Magnifiques.

What IS this note (or combination of notes) that's so horrible?! It's pungent, alienating, and actually painful, hitting me right between the eyes, eliciting a visceral reaction including nausea, lightheadedness, and pure revulsion. I can't adequately describe the actual scent, because I can't get there! Yet another dashed hope headed for my swap list...

Oct
02
2014
Snookums
Snookums

I sprayed myself rather thoroughly with Mitsouko without realizing how strong it was, just before visiting the London Dungeon on a hot day. It will forever remind me of the London Dungeon, and probably everyone else who was there that day!

Sep
21
2014
riverrun
riverrun

Yesss Juji, I have to agree that there is this sweet note that does remind me of someone (an aunt) from my childhood, it's not a bad thing. I find this fragrance very strange and different, not like any other. I just don't think in (my humble opinion)that I would ever buy it again and I think the bottle I do have will last me for years.
I just wanted to share in the experience that all of the great reviews listed here and on other sites and books described.....sadly it just never happened for me. It must be due to the reformulations I guess which is so very sad for a perfume that has been around for so many years and made so many happy. Just a shadow of it's former self....

Sep
17
2014
archivist
archivist

The last two reviews and this one probably belong in the discussion forum more than the review posts, but I did want to mention that Mitsouko was mistreated in reformulation. There's a 2013 Raiders of the Lost Scent post that goes into exquisitely refined detail on each reformulation and what's different about them. Just google the blog name and Mitsouko, I can't link in these posts.

Sep
10
2014
juji
juji

Riverrun, I have a sample that must be new as well, because I get mothing spectacular out ofMitsouko either! I was SO excited to receive my sample and when I did?...all that is there is a very, very, sweet smell that reminds me of someone I must have known in my childhood. Not a bad thing at all and neither is the perfume. But I get absolutely NO spices at ALL. I was envisioning something so much more. It IS very lovely but I must have a sample from a different bottle than everyone else. I asked a Guerlain "expert" about it and was told that there are many, many lots and vintages floating around out there which is probably why my sample is so different. Maybe this explains what you're smelling in the bottle you have....

Sep
10
2014
riverrun
riverrun

Is it just me or does anyone else find that this smells like liquid Lysol. I don't mean to be disrespectful or anything because obviously many, many reviews are praising this as the best of the best. I have a bottle (newer formulation circa 2013)that a friend brought me back from France and I have worn it, or tried to wear it more than a few times but it seems that I alone am the only one to find a subtle (je ne sais quoi note that I do like). Sadly, everyone else seems to think it smells like Lysol....so I guess I won't be wearing this often, which is too bad as I wanted to love this. Can anyone tell me what is the note that everyone seems to find so offensive that they say it smells like Lysol? I would welcome and appreciate any of the reviewers comments

Sep
10
2014
Marli1973
Marli1973

I couldn't understand mitsouko at first.
It was rather harsh, green, too masculine for me.
Thought maybe the oakmoss was too much and the peach barely there.
As I was inclined to floral girly at first.
But then I persevered, I really didn't want to give up and today reached out for it.
I am glad I did as I am enjoying it so much.
Of course the smell in my bottle didn't change but sometimes a perfume just grows on you.
Certainly it did on me but also building up my collection has also helped me to educate my nose.
The more I sniff the more I learn. No doubt this site is of great help. X

Sep
06
2014
Pepperflower
Pepperflower

Like many others have mentioned, this is bit sad or depressing smelling. Mysterious, complicated, elegant yet not at all sexy or trying to be. Overload of bitter oakmoss and woods, powder, harsh cinnamon and spices, a hint of amber, roses, and somewhere in this is peach. Very dry smelling. It has such a harsh beginning and last for many hours on the skin which was unfortunate because I come to realize that the more I try this, I dont like it.

This is a classy feminine woman with manners, conservative, blushes easily, also gets offended easily. She rejects your every attempt at her. She keeps her guard up and doesn't let you in for reasons unknown. One day she opens up after eons it seems, and out come the roses and peach in this fragrance. She takes you by the hand and tells you her secrets and stories. You laugh, cry and perhaps fall in love with her. Chances are, you never will have her. This is such a typical Guerlain fragrance, with depth and fantasy. Very beautiful but not for the faint of heart.

As much as I love a dramatic fragrance and a few of the notes in this like the peach, rose, cinnamon and powder, Mitsouko has a mossy, dry, bitter, woody, uptight smell which I cannot stand. I am a Shalimar type woman through and through. This is none the less a classic and a must try.

Sep
06
2014
LunaTaylor
LunaTaylor

Just received a sample of this in a swap(thanks tneequeenie) and its one Ive always wanted to try. I have the vintage formula. It is definitely a strong unique scent! Very chypre, I don't get a whole lot of fruit but I only have it on for an hour. I get a lot of oakmoss and green citrus. Its not something I generally wear but I appreciate it. Reminds me of a very strong determined woman, Im more a coquettish type but I like that it is what it is.
I definitely think a man could pull off wearing this like Shalimar it has a unisex feel.

Jerrythecat I like your feline analogy that is a great waya to put it :)

Aug
22
2014
Jerrythecat
Jerrythecat

Mitsouko is like a cat: it does not belong to you, you belong to her! First time I sprayed Mitsouko on me was like diving in a granny's pot pourri! Did not like it a lot.
I then learned how to appreciate Mitsouko. It gives you her trust and loyalty as time goes by, once again just like a cat. Not any cat though! Nothing like Persian carpet ones, but more like a Siamese: blue eyes looking at you, gauging your interest for her, then coming to you and brushing softly while purring of pleasure. However, you're not in the mood and you try to trick her, and she'll ignore you!
Take time to understand and love Mitsouko. Not a perfume you would wear every day but when you want to show grace and style. A perfume you wear when you want to be in that mood, not for doing the house work or the food shopping!
I love it!

Aug
08
2014
lovetribe
lovetribe

it is impossible to describe a masterpiece as this.a triumph of spices, citrus, cinnamon, rose, peach,oakmoss. is unisex.
A real idea of the perfume is collected in this masterpiece. should be put in a museum.
.i think that the edt is more masculine,but i must try.
only negative note:too oakmoss.

Jul
30
2014
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

Pungent opening and cozy heart. Wow.

Must be experienced to be believed, since it's impossible to fully describe Mitsouko's timeless charm. There is something here that quickly becomes addictive, a mysterious siren song.

Simultaneously comforting and alluring.....History in a bottle.

SIX stars


Update - I wrote the above review before reading that "Mitsouko" supposedly means 'mysterious' in Japanese. I don't know any Japanese, but it seems highly suitable if this is the case!

Jul
21
2014
ForrealMe2
ForrealMe2

i finally got to try this...and it definately is in the guerlain family with the citrus and powder..but what really stands out is it does have that classic make up scent...if your into that you will love this..i actually thought i may not like it but it was surprisingly alot like Shalimar just not spicey like it but sweet and powedery like it like it has its soul but with more of a classic make up scent..i really like it!

Jul
07
2014
guest_
guest_

daring, strange, sensual, both bad tempered and beautiful. this is mitsouko.

Jul
05
2014
an.jorePipip
an.jorePipip

Mitsouko is really not like other women's perfumes nowaday, it start with blast citrus notes but not average citrus, it’s a bit more like men cologne. Then spicy notes layered with powdery developed like mist surrounding my body...it is maybe cliche, but the feeling like I travel back to the past decades. It is really not for everyone, funny thing is...mostly of men colleagues are intrigued by this perfume, but for female colleagues responses are vary. I do really like almost love this perfume, this is something opulent and rare comparing to recent perfumes.

Jun
17
2014
agneskhan
agneskhan

I am really trying to like this very interesting, extravagant expensive perfume that I have, but I can't. I'll save it for the future.

Jun
07
2014
Briarthorn
Briarthorn

A very complex cypher. Oakmoss, vetiver, spices. There's a soft citrus in the opening with a hint of lilac. It's very different. The drydown in divine and spicy. This is a real work of art. I can understand why it's so popular, and timeless.

Jun
03
2014
Talencia
Talencia

I find this both comforting and beautiful. I like it best when I am home alone and it's raining outside. It's a lovely indulgence in my quite times.

Jun
02
2014
amelie
amelie

I've already reviewed in EdT. And I'd just add it lasts all day, becomes so soft in the dry-down. Whenever I smell it, I always think - now that's a Perfume!
Many say it is reminiscent of Rochas Femme, and I feel it sometimes. Mitsouko is more intellectual perfume, Femme is more sensual. Both are beautiful,indeed.

May
16
2014
asher.jessie
asher.jessie

I have the newest edition of the EDP. And I assure you, it's gorgeous.

I don't smell gasoline at all. With that being said, I'm not incredibly familiar with how Mitsouko is "meant" to smell. It's the kind of fragrance that's too good to be carried by any stores around here, and I don't pay for samples.

I know it's THE quintessential chypre…herbal, spicy, and warm, with oak moss as the center piece.

I have a bottle of oak moss oil that I adore…and the oak moss note I'm smelling here is most definitely faithful to the real thing.

It has a very dry, earthy classic sort of smell on my skin. LIke one of the indescribable aspects of the classics…it has that tart, lipstick bite.

The spices are present to the point that it warms the fragrance up a bit, but the peach and rose notes are there when you step back and really think about what you're smelling…and it's absolutely gorgeous.

It only lasts a couple hours on me, unfortunately. It's still incredible.

May
13
2014
RozaMoisevna
RozaMoisevna

Have you tried to test it after the drydown? I have the new version and it smells divine...

May
09
2014
lyciumchld
lyciumchld

My mother has a bottle of this that she purchased new at a reputable store... It smells like gasoline. This puzzles both of us greatly, as the EDT is sublime. Bad bottle, maybe?

May
09
2014

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