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Shop Your Fragrance Wardrobe: Mauboussin Mauboussin

08/09/16 09:17:33 (32 comments)

by: Jodi Battershell

Welcome to another installment of Shop Your Fragrance Wardrobe, in which we take a fresh look at fragrances that have been in our collections for some time. Join us for the journey and share your experiences of revisiting old favorites.

Chypres were a challenging category for me when I began exploring fragrances. Learning what defines a chypre, what the category's characteristic notes are, its fruity and floral variations, and lately, contrasting 21st-century chypres (what? no oakmoss?) with classic 20th-century chypres like Guerlain Mitsouko (still a favorite and a "reference" chypre by which I judge most others)—well, to make a long story short, all this pleasant-smelling research resulted in chypres earning a special place in my heart.

an image of Guerlain Mitsouko eau de toilette

Mitsouko is and will always be a must-have scent for me. It took me awhile to fully appreciate its musty, dusty peachiness and I don't wear it often (mostly because I'm hoarding the last of my nine-year-old bottle that still contains tree moss). But I marvel at how it manages to smell interesting and beautiful, classic but not dated, nearly 100 years after its launch. Love of Mitsouko launched my greater chypre explorations, and also kindled a fondness for peach scents, along with those olfactory cousins of the peach aroma: nectarine, apricot and osmanthus.

(Oh, yeah. I'm going there:  "Peaches" by The Presidents of the United States of America. Silly lyrics but a catchy song and a guilty pleasure for those of us who remember the 1990s.)

I've yet to find a true peach single-note scent that I want to wear—too often they veer into young, girly, overly sweet body spray aromas, often with a hefty dollop of whipped cream and an abundance of sugar. However, I've found many chypre scents that I enjoy, some of which have a prominent peach (or apricot, etc.) note: Molinard Chypre D'Orient, YSL Yvresse, En Voyage Perfumes Peche Noir, just to name a few. Of course, peach is not restricted to chypre scents and I've also found many Oriental and Fruity-Floral fragrances with peach/apricot/osmanthus notes that I adore. Somewhere along the way I was given a sample of Mauboussin Mauboussin EDT. I liked its heavy-duty peachiness well enough that in 2010, when I crossed paths with a sealed bottle of the EDP for a good price on eBay, I made it mine. 

An image of three ripe peaches

I loved (and still love) the packaging on this fragrance. Its shiny prismatic pyramid bottle casts rainbows when turned in the light. Mine was also a special edition 15 ml EDP that came in a tiny purple faux-leather Mauboussin jewel box, not unlike one that might contain a diamond ring or a watch. For a time, I loved the fragrance, too, though the EDP was even stronger than the EDT I had first tried. Two squirts were almost too much and needed to be sprayed well in advance of heading to work. The fragrance needed a little time to "breathe" so as not to overpower my cubicle mates at the office.

an image of the Mauboussin Mauboussin perfume bottle with a purple collar and multi-colored pyramid shape

In a manner known well to many of us perfumistas, as more and more fragrances came my way, I found myself reaching for it less and less, though it still ranked high enough on my list to make the move from Omaha to Philadelphia with me. Here in Philly it sat largely untouched on the back of the perfume tray, housed in its lovely purple case, until I reached for it again recently to see if it still sparks joy. And the result?

Well, not exactly.

It's rare that I encounter a fragrance that truly stinks. Having tried so many in my lifetime now, I have come to appreciate that sometimes a fragrance is well-crafted, has decent ingredients and an interesting mix of notes, but is just not for me. I also accept that my taste has changed and acknowledge the role that fragrance trends play in shaping my taste. Mauboussin Mauboussin certainly doesn't stink, but it's definitely not in synch with my taste these days. It is that extra not-quite-right peach that gets left in the basket.

the original Mauboussin Mauboussin magazine advertisement with a slender woman next to the perfume bottle, all tinted purple

Above all, I've grown to appreciate more subtle and more natural-smelling fragrances over the years and Mauboussin Mauboussin is neither of those things. It's a quality and long-lasting fragrance, but it smells neither classic nor modern to my nose anymore. It's loud, with a pronounced powdery aspect that dominates the opening. And I guess I never noticed the big pile of hamster-cage cedar chips in there, enamored as I was of the peach, but now I can't get past them.

However, one of the most important lessons I've learned here on Fragrantica is this: one person's "meh" fragrance may be another person's immortal beloved!

I don't wish to set any kind of expectation that future Shop Your Fragrance Wardrobe installments will include an offer of any kind. Reviewing the other articles in this series, it seems I'm the only one so far who finds some old loves are no longer sparking joy.  But as the KonMari method instructs and as I've done with the impulse buy tunic in too-bright colors, the skirt that will someday fit again if I lose those ten pounds that I never seem to lose and the shoes that looked cute but pinched the heck out of my toes, I am ready to thank Mauboussin Mauboussin for its service and send it on to a new home.

The author's bottle of Mauboussin Mauboussin next to its purple jewel box

Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in my gently-used bottle.  Thank you, Mauboussin Mauboussin, for your years of service and for gracing my dressing table with your ethereal beauty. It is time to send you on to your new home at the house of...

Bluepoet15

And now, over to you, friends. What do you do with your items that no longer spark joy? Have you revisited any old loves lately and fallen in love all over again? I'd love to hear about it!

 

Jodi Battershell (NebraskaLovesScent or "NLS") is a lifelong Nebraskan who transplanted herself to Philadelphia after a lifetime on the Great Plains. An appreciator of fine fragrances since childhood, she tried her hand at natural perfumery and fragrance-mixing for a number of years, ultimately concluding she was better suited to appreciating the fragrance creations of others. She is pleased to finally be putting her English degree to use as a writer and editor for Fragrantica.com.

 

 



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Kentington
Kentington

I snagged myself one of the little 15ml bottles before I read your review, and I have similar ambivalent feelings...sometimes it feels great, sometimes it feels too sweet, but I love the bottle and nubuck box regardless. At $12-something it definitely wasn't a waste.

Nov
03
2016
juniemoon
juniemoon

"Millions of peaches, peaches for me,
Millions of peaches, peaches for free..."

One of my faves with a strong peach note is Diamonds and Rubies, yummy and rich without breaking the bank.

Aug
19
2016
eirenelisa
eirenelisa

Peaches are so tricky. I haven't smelled this one yet. I'm curious to smell it and want to enter for a chance at your generous giveaway.

Aug
11
2016
rickyrebarco
rickyrebarco

In USA. I've always wanted to try this one. I am intrigued by that bottle!

Aug
11
2016
kschrotel
kschrotel

Enjoyed your article very much. I love the peachiness of Mitsuko in the EDP; not so much in the pure parfum or EDP. I would love the chance to try the Mauboussin!!

Aug
11
2016
ROLDAN
ROLDAN

Good article. I want to share my little secret. I'm using Mauboussin Edp during winter season. And I'm a man. Love it. My addiction. Ooops! Not a secret anymore...

Aug
11
2016
ZiZu
ZiZu

When I am over someone or something I really am OVER and done with. When it comes to perfumes, I have made many impulsive purchases, usually while in a hurry to catch a flight or after having tried too many scents in a store. I keep them for a while, trying to love them or make them work somehow but they always end up going to relatives or friends. I am not in for the draw, just my two pence.

Aug
10
2016
priscillaemrich
priscillaemrich

I live in the States and would love a freebie!

Aug
10
2016
LadyPilot
LadyPilot

From the Mauboussin range I have M Moi which I received from a lovely Friend here in a swap. It had to wait for over a year for it's big day. First I gave it to my mom but then, a year later, during summer holiday with my mum in the countryside, I rediscovered it. It smells just great in the countryside air, where white and red currant bushes are full of fruit - in M Moi white currant is one of the main notes! So here the perfume just flourishes! A surprising happy ending and a really nice rediscovery!:)

Aug
10
2016
chimidoro
chimidoro

I love Gaultier's Classique EDT, but it only works on my skin in the parfum concentration or VINTAGE EDT. Although I genuinely love the recent formulation in the air, I tried many, many times to wear my it on my skin, but it always turned to straight up FAIRY WASHING UP LIQUID on me! ALL I CAN SMELL IS FAIRY WASHING UP LIQUID.

My mother used to wear Classique and it was a gorgeously sweet & woody orange blossom on her, so I eventually passed my bottle on to her! I often give my unusable scents to my mother and then she just does what she pleases with them. Other times, if it's a particularly popular or highly sought after scent and I've looked after mine well, I'll put one up on Ebay in the hopes somebody who really loves it will spot it there and buy it from me.

I'm definitely very interested in your bottle of Mauboussin!
I'm quite the fan of hamster cage stinks in general and once had thirteen stinky hamsters, all in separate cages.
Exclamation, Cinema. Love those woody hamster bed whiffs.
I'm up for this. Also, never managed to find the right peach for me. Could it be Mauboussin? That packaging is to die for so much, I'm practically dead.
(However, I am not in the United States and do not have a chance to get this! So sad!)

Aug
10
2016
johngreenink
johngreenink

Ohh but I do love the house of Mauboussin :-) call it a guilty pleasure, but a pleasure indeed. Great article, though - and honest re-appraisal. Some fragrances are not quite what we thought them to be, or what we'd hoped they were (?), but that requires validation. Glad that someone else can experience this for him or herself!

Aug
09
2016
odoro
odoro

Thank you for the article. Sometimes those likes are cyclical. Wish this one had been for you.

While the packaging is interesting, no thank you.

Aug
09
2016
sweaterfreak
sweaterfreak

Fabulous writing, as always. Just a thought, but I have a feeling you will buy it again in another decade. Our tastes are always so cyclical! :0)

Aug
09
2016
Elena Vosnaki
Elena Vosnaki

Gorgeous analysis and perfect intro but I admit my greedy nature in sampling this jewler's opus. Many appreciative grunts your way.

Aug
09
2016
Thomaso7
Thomaso7

sounds fun, like to try it.

Aug
09
2016
Lazaro
Lazaro

Meeee pleaseeee

Aug
09
2016
nanita99
nanita99

Me!!! Please :)

Aug
09
2016
zabuza
zabuza

Me, please!!

Aug
09
2016
hernoseknows
hernoseknows

ooh, pick me! ;)

Aug
09
2016
FrkFors
FrkFors

Yes please! :)

Aug
09
2016
kvan
kvan

I love love this one. So much benzoin in the original EDP! You don't need to enter me, because I have two huge bottles, which is certainly overkill.

Aug
09
2016
Bluepoet15
Bluepoet15

I love peach as a note in perfumes. Tresor is probably my favorite- with Ivresse d' Ete as a close second. I've never tried this brand so I would love a chance to experience it. Thank you for the opportunity and for this generous giveaway!

Aug
09
2016
hsuru4u
hsuru4u

Jodi, well written and i also would love to win this fragrance. thank you

Aug
09
2016
Domina1
Domina1

I would be happy to try the fragrance!!

Aug
09
2016
mariyka
mariyka

After reading the reviews for this fragrance, I'd love to try it. Thanks for the opportunity.

Aug
09
2016
UnearthlyApothecary
UnearthlyApothecary

I would love to be entered, this is a pretty new fragrance category for me and I am always looking for something new to try :)

Aug
09
2016
ia_ramos
ia_ramos

After spending enough time on this site and accumulating too many (no, never enough!) bottles0, I too realize that there are very few perfumes that are awful, but that simply don't work for me. Old school chypres and oak moss are such loves for me, but I'm still learning because I don't yet understand what makes a new one (without oak moss). Coveting a Mitsouko and stalking the swap threads but also gratefully ask to be entered in this drawing!

Aug
09
2016
Sucarie
Sucarie

This is more like expand my wardrobe since I don't already have this and I want it now. I'm in serious bottle lust and if the contents smells like peaches then its a safe blind buy for me. Somewhere I have a sample I've been meaning to try. I'll be digging through my samples tonight for sure.

Aug
09
2016
du57in
du57in

I almost bought a bottle of this as a gift for someone and went with Brittney Spears ... Something. Perhaps I made the wrong call.

Aug
09
2016
Mad-Lainey
Mad-Lainey

Mauboussin by Mauboussin is my eternal love! I've got the EDP version and OMG let me tell you, theres no better winter warmer! It is extremely sensual, deep, intoxicating, powerful head turner, so to speak. It is all about patchouli and plum, so unless you can take feeling drenched in earthy patchouli, stay clear! I feel that it might appeal to Venezia (new reformulated version) and Mitsouko lovers. It is less sweet than Venezia and less "dry" than Mitsouko but shares enough similarities to be considered a "sister" fragrance. Love it. Totally love it!

Aug
09
2016
ntabassum92
ntabassum92

you are so sweet to give away something that no longer works for you. i loved reading your review (i love this whole series!) and i'm sorry to hear you don't like this anymore : but hey, more room for new things, eh? please enter me <3

Aug
09
2016
orelevon
orelevon

I've been considering this one and had it on my watch list. The only thing stopping me is that I read that there are terrible versions out there and I've been hesitant because I would hate to get one of them.

I'll admit I'm tempted to blind buy since I like the idea of balmy incense and fruit. I like orientals most, but I'm willing to try. I would love to be considered as a foster parent for your very nice bottle/case. :)

Aug
09
2016

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