Mitsouko Eau de Parfum

Mitsouko (Eau de Parfum) by Guerlain
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Mitsouko (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women. The release year is unknown. The scent is chypre-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Jasmine, Rose, Citruses
Heart Notes Heart NotesLilac, Peach, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesAmbergris, Oakmoss, Spices, Vetiver, Cinnamon



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Bottle 9.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 8.5/10
Helpful Review    3
Peachy - oakmoss - spicy
Apart from any trend about this flanker, it's still a daring chypre fruity that no one bothers to release with the current prohibitions of ingredients. Mitsouko EdP opens like a noble chypre with astringent bergamot and intoxicating floral curtain, and swirls to mossy woody warmth of base by the help of very dominant spice-coated peach marmalade. Impressive massive chypre.
Scent 10.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    5
A True Icon
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!
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Guerlain never lets me down
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. This was for the EDP.

Chemistry mismatch
I tried so hard to love Mitsouko, but ended every time having nausea and headaches. I get almost all notes, but they form a sort gasoline smell on my skin. So sad..
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Very helpful Review    4
The Reference Chypre
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 of the soectrum but there are lot of spicy accents like cinnamon, cloves and heavenly peach. That special peach note is very "Mitsouko" which is very distinctive but it also contains rose, neroli, vetiver. The candied orange/peach softens the 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 precious perfume for ever.
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Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    9
Amazing Moss
When I found and scored an unopened bottle of vintage Mitsouko, when I smelled it on arrival, I thought of the lyrics from that Julie Andrews song, "somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good." The original Mitsouko is an incredible perfume. Think of lying under a mossy oak, eating peaches, jasmine and other florals blooming near. Like all great fragrances, Mitsouko exceeds its notes. There's just no single word for this perfume. Sophisticated, yes, but also alluring, floral but not sweet, woody but not sharp, slightly fruity but not gourmand. Any grownup can wear it, male or female, it's that good.

I can't stand the current Mitsouko. It has none of its predecessor's smoothness or depth. I gave it away shortly after it arrived, not wanting its rough presence to insult its noble ancestor. IMO, vintage Mitsouko is one of a handful that are the foundation of a serious collection. I don't know how serious mine will ultimately become, but I knew when I smelled this mesmerizing scent that I was on solid ground. Sillage is fabulous. It lasts forever. Love, love, love.
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Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 7.0/10
Helpful Review    2
Ode to green woody perfumes
Mitsouko is an ode to green woody perfumes.I can't find any similarity with Femme de Rochas.On me it is green and not yellow.It is woody, powdery and soft.
It is best at winter time when the cold air caress your face.I cannot smell the peach in this aromatic pyramid.
A great inspiration!!
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
definitely one of the most sensual and misterious perfume in the frag world ,i simply love it everyday and everywhere ,i dont find it particularly feminine at all ,and i have to say that seldom i smell this on italian women that prefers horrible frags
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 4.0/10
Helpful Review    3
For Women?
I don't see how this is a woman's fragrance. It's a nice spicy smell that I would love to smell on my honey-buns neck.

Starts out with pepper and bergamot which smells terrible, then five minutes later I like it but it has turned into a cedar and spice fragrance.
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
Helpful Review    7
I've lost too many to be happy...
What is the scent of melancholy? This bizarre child of some post-war Europe is staring at you with its beautiful slanted eyes and smiles wistfully. Noone is certain how it was baptized with that delicate and mellifluous name anymore. A name that steps in two different worlds. The one of mystery and the one of the morning light. A name that involves a British officer, a Japanese Fleet Admiral, a heart split in twain, a French writer and member of Académie française, an Austrian diplomat, the daughter of a Tokyo antique seller tycoon, and a small part of the world called Hellas... The journey begins...
In 1909, Claude Farrère wrote a novel under the title "La Bataille". It was about the forbidden love between the wife of Heihachiro Togo or Marquess Yorisaka and the naval liaison Commander Herbert Fergan. When both of them headed for the Battle of Tsushima she promised that she would spent the rest of her life with whoever would come back alive. Noone did... Love and duty were drown in the Korea Strait, leaving her a lonesome widow. Her name was Mitsouko...
On May 16th in 1892, Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi, descendant of a Byzantine family, married the tiny daughter of Aoyama family despite both families' opposition to that act. A few years later they moved to Europe. She never saw her country again... The had seven children. One of them, Richard Nikolaus Graf von Coudenhove-Kalergi, was one of the pioneers in the idea of a United Europe. This remarkable woman managed to learn French, German, Geography, History, Law and Economics in order to stand her ground in her new country. Her name was Mitsuko...
According to the fascinating stories which are many times woven about the christening of a fragrange, one of these two women gave her name to the myth. A name which, in its language of origin, means "Child of Light" and not "Mystery" as Jacques Guerlain would like us to believe. As for the "o" that turned it into "Mitsouko", it is simply the French pronunciation of the Japanese phoneme. But alas, although the name points to something cheerful, the perfume itself is one of the most melancholic scents I have ever sensed... Aloof, like the locked heart of a maiden who waits her dearest to return from a lengthy, perilous trip to some far-flung corner of the Earth... Want-clad, like the sad remains of a forlorn love, lost in the paths of time... A scent of unfulfilled promises and enslaved desires... There is an old Cretan folk song that says:

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

I thik that it fits perfectly... Mitsouko is not the loud expression of a grief asking to be the centre of attention. It is the wise and silent agony for a world long gone. A certain story has it that L'Heure Bleue marked the beginning of World War One and Mitsouko its end. Like the symbols of a parenthesis that the world was hoping never to endure again. Mitsouko, despite closing this catastrophic parenthesis, is not an optimistic scent. Maybe because while looking back it saw the towering woes and looking frontwards saw the next war coming...
I do not know if you have ever had a feeling like this, but Mitsouko makes me yearn of someone I never met... It brings me memories of things I never lived...
I see a woman dressed in a mofuku kimono. Every dawn she walks with light steps to the wooden balcony of her house in Shirahama. There, she stands wreathed in morning dew and gazes the vast ocean...
I see Sergei Diaghilev, founder of the renowned Ballets Russes, to remind the stage workers not to forget to douse the tabs in Mitsouko, for the scent to fill the sybaritic hall of Theatre de Champs Elysees, every time the coryphées enter the stage...
I see the luminous Art Deco main hall of the "Normandie" where the passengers are swirling blithely to the tunes of the orchestra, while the magnificent ship floats her way on the frigid Atlantic...
I see Charlie Chaplin sitting ostracized and brooding in the lounge of Manoir de Ban, over Lake Geneva, staring without seeing at the bleak sky. Ostracized from a country which, a few years ago, worshipped him. And brooding... He who made everyone laugh... Everything around him reeks with Mitsouko, his favourite scent...
I see the audience in a live club located in Aix en Provence in the late 80's, pulsing with the sounds of a strange mixture of punk, rock, synth pop and jazz which the band on stage hands out generously. The name of the band is Les Rita Mitsouko...
And finally, I see a penniless painter in a musty attic in Paris during the Années Folles. He stands mesmerized by the window, trying to descry in the crowd his model who has just left. The lingering scent of Mitsouko caresses fondly the unfinished painting. The very same painting to which he confesses his love every night. The love he feels for her but never dared to speak out loud. Mitsouko solaces him and promises that it shall be with him as a reminder of her, untill the next time they meet...
I humbly apologize and ask for your understanding if this review is way too lengthy and borderline "delirium" but how many words are enough to describe a mythos?...
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The Shadow of your Smile
Mitsouko is not a fragrance but an experience. This is mine. Take an eight week old baby from it's crib at 4 pm. It's bathtime. Droplets of breast milk have run down into the creases of his neck where they smell interesting but not offensive. The soft scent of cotton wafts up from baby's skin and there is just the faintest trace of fudgy excrement on his bottom, mixed with the protective barrier cream, Amolin, I think, slightly almond, the kernel of the peach. His wispy hair smells divine and he burps a tiny hiccup of gripe water and you recognise the dill and fennel. In spite of the active biology of his skin you desperately love and desire what is so unique and you know that in minutes he will smell of sudsy baby soap and talcum powder. Mitsouko in repose, after the initial burst has gone, smells of love, breath, breast, sleep, innocence and desire, milk, cotton, fennel, almond and urea.
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
Helpful Review    5
Serge Diaghiljev's favourite
It used to be a great unisex scent, Serge Diaghiljev's favourite, but many aspects of the original "Mitsouko" have changed over the years (not only the gener-attribution).

This review is dedicated to the pre-reformulation-formula, which was wonderfully harmonious and achieved a perfect equilibrium.

My version of "Mitsouko" opens with bergamotte, followed by the famous peach note which was the reason for attributing it to the chypre fruité family (like "Femme de Rochas", "Diorella" and "Y" - all of them my top-favourites. I am clearly a "fruity chypre type"). The "peach" was achieved by using the aldehyde C.14 discovered by the Russian chemists Jukov and Schestakow. I think this is the component which gives a certain lightness and lift to the top-notes. What seems to join the peach is oakmoss, of course and vetiver. I can also smell a touch of lilac and a woody base, something normally rendered by the word "amber". The formula is often called simple and nevertheless it seems unsurpassed. Which effect does it have on me? I love the contrast between peach and oakmoss, but also the base of the perfume, which smells like good perfume should smell - if you know what I mean. "Mitsouko" is a "perfumy" perfume, an archetype, simple and mysterious at the same time. The name itself ("mystery" in Japanse) sums it all up for me: "Mitsouko" is a scent I cannot take apart, all the notes combine to a gorgeous harmony. The perfume is composed like music: it has its own rhythm and its own melody, both essential to the overall effect. "Mitsouko" has been my faithful companion for more than twelve years now and was my second "Guerlain love" after "Jardins de Bagatelle" and "Champs d'Elysées" ("modern" Guerlains nowadays often criticized as loud and vulgar). "Mitsouko" is a perfume which always makes me feel happy. It is ageless and it is perfect. One of the best perfumes ever.
Scent 4.0/10
Very helpful Review    7
For Regal Femmes and Beyond Alpha Men
It usually takes many years of mistreatment from heat and light in poorly-maintained warehouses to achieve the smell of dusty, musty, crushed flowers in a mediciny, space-heater way. Mitsouku saves you the effort of such abuse by opening up with that exact effect. What would happen if you aged Mitsouku in such an abusive climate? Probably biohazardous material.

The first ten minutes allows the floral accord to unfurl a touch more. I felt relieved. As time passes, it becomes imperious and grande without growing any lighter; it's a perfume that a high society spinster might wear. Mitsouku is the fragrance of formal power and ceremony; it is the polar opposite of little girl fragrances.

Part of the heaviness is the stale and musty smell of mothballs, yet its vague familiarity induces comfort. How is that possible? My grandmother wore a fragrance with very similar components, though I'd be shocked if she wore Mitsouku. The silage is generous at a few feet and it lasts eight hours or so tapering away in the usual fragrance fade.

At no time is Mitsouku unladylike; it maintains its decorum and essential feminine identity throughout every stage of its development. As a result and as you might expect, there's no way I could wear this in public. I doubt that most men could either. You would have to be a 10 foot-tall vampiric lord with 400 hp and the confidence of Alexander the Great to pull it off, and you probably couldn't do it even then.

In short, you don't wear Mitsouku. It wears you.
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Scent 5.0/10
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Why such a middling rating? Read on...
There is no point in writing a new review of the bad reformulations. Instead, I'll share my story:

My Ugly Divorce from Mitsouko

Upon draining the last drop of my beautiful 3.1oz gold-encased bottle of Guerlain Mitsouko, I reached immediately for my back-up 2.5oz bottle containing, I naïvely thought at the time, the same precious elixir. Not so, I was devastated to discover. All of the charm and seduction of the opening had disappeared, leaving a vague, watery opening in its place. As the fragrance dried down, it improved somewhat, but only near the end was I able to recognize anything even faintly resembling the Mitsouko so dear to me. My natural conclusion was that the new bottle, in the classic design, had simply sat on a shelf at some warehouse with sketchy climate control for far too long.

Relieved by these ruminations, I set out undaunted, with a spring in my step, to purchase a new replacement, anxious to be reunited with my favorite perfume. Upon the arrival of the package harboring my treasure within—or so I thought—expedited to my domicile by one of my favorite on-line emporia, with whom I have never had troubles of any kind, least of all the receipt of spoiled perfume, I ceremoniously ripped the cellophane off the box, marking with flourish and even a touch of melodrama what was to be the beginning of a greatly anticipated reunion. I slowly removed the nozzle, savoring the moment, and sprayed some on.

To my horror, I found the same insipid opening I had recently sniffed upon spritzing on the contents of the back-up bottle which I had soberly reasoned must have gone bad. As the famous and frankly plaintive adage goes (pace George W. Bush), “Fool me once: shame on you. Fool me twice: shame on me.” Now I was forced to accept the tragic fact: Guerlain had indeed fiddled with the formula. Whether this unthinkable act was carried out in an attempt to conform with new health restrictions imposed on the perfume industry or simply to save money—or for some other obscure LVMH reason—mattered little.

Whatever the ultimate explanation of this hatchet job might be, it had become as clear as frosty vodka in a lead crystal glass that my days of savoring Mitsouko were now officially over. I do believe that I felt every bit as cheated and jilted as the faithful spouse and homemaker whose formerly devoted husband suffers a mid-life crisis and runs off to the Caribbean with his dental hygienist, leaving only bills and bitterness behind.

When asked to name my favorite perfume, it used to be easy to answer: Mitsouko. To give such an answer today would simply be false. Moreover, to those who have only sniffed the reformulated perfume, such an answer would cast doubts on my own perfumic prowess! That is her favorite perfume? I can imagine those aghast at what Mitsouko has become snickering quietly to themselves. And they would be right, because this Mitsouko is not a perfume that I have any real interest in wearing, and I'm not at all sure that I will ever again.

Reformulations of perfumes such Mitsouko originally launched long ago—when different materials were available and the qualities of certain materials were quite different as well—have been said to be necessitated on various grounds. The legal banning of the use of certain substances is certainly one of the most frequently cited rationalizations for reformulation, but there are obviously many others as well—involving probably more often than not purely economic factors, which play an important if not paramount role in managing businesses.

In many cases, it seems likely that someone in the upper management echelons deemed it financially necessary to cut the production cost of a perfume. The strategic goal need not be to increase the net profit per bottle, as reformulated perfumes are often sold at lower prices as well. The reasoning in such cases appears, then, simply to be that it is more profitable to sell many bottles of a less expensive perfume at a lower price than it would be to sell fewer bottles of the original perfume at an elevated price. The name of great perfumes is the most powerful marketing ploy that there could possibly be. Do whatever you like to Shalimar—reformulate, water it down and even sell it in Walgreens for only a few bucks—but continue to call it Shalimar, and people will buy and wear it, you may rest assured. I'm talking to you, LVMH—though you apparently got the memo long ago.

Many famous perfumes with noble lineages and reputations spanning decades have been reformulated, including such classics as my formerly favorite perfume. Mitsouko can be found in many shapes and forms, and although all bear the same name, only those corresponding to the formula in my first bottle of this perfume actually contain what I regard as genuine Mitsouko. (It is possible, of course, that my first bottle did not contain the original formula, but I fell in love with it anyway...) The second and third bottles, which I purchased in the twenty-first century, harbor, to my dismay, a far less noble perfume disguised in the regal robes of Mitsouko and claiming to be the same, though this is obviously not the case, for it is but a cheap imposter.

In order to relive the wonderfulness of my earlier Mitsouko experiences, I now must settle for removing the cap off the original bottle, sniffing the beauty still there to be found, and then reminiscing about what it was like to wear a truly great perfume. When I attempt to wear either of the two imposter perfumes, rather than finding myself enraptured in olfactory delight, I find myself depressed. (Although I'm no aficionado of country music, a bit of wailing Willie Nelson music in the background would not be unfitting.) Merely donning one of the reformulations of Mitsouko is enough to induce in me a Proust-length meditation on the imminent Fall of Western Civilization and the nature of human corruption. Once a person has taken a single tiny step onto that slippery slope, by sacrificing even one formerly sacred value, it becomes very difficult, if not impossible, to reverse the damage done.

Perfumes, too, have a hard time traveling back in time, dragging themselves up from the dregs to their formerly pure, unadulterated state. When all has been said and done, it may ultimately be impossible for those who betray their loved ones to ever regain their trust again. The first, most natural, reaction to such a betrayal is anger. Why me? What did I ever do to you, Mitsouko? But this anger is misdirected, ultimately futile, and perhaps even self-destructive. Mitsouko has changed, effectively hit the road with some half-wit harlot half my age while keeping the same name and leaving me in the lurch, devastated and dazed.

(written in September 2011)
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Helpful Review    5
Reviewing the reformulation, which, bizarrely enough, I prefer to the vintage. Go figure, lol.

This is my private time/don't come close/stay away/leave me the hell alone scent. Not in an angry, hostile manner, but for when I feel introspective and have the need to be by myself.

I love the peach note, it's not sweet, it's a little on the fuzzy side, it adds roundness to the floral notes, giving the fragrance a juiciness that is world aparts from all those dreaded teeny bopper fruity floral frags, it just keeps the nose wanting to get closer to the skin.

Quite the base heavy perfume, Mitsouko relies on Ambregris to wrap up its full pyramid, and while the other notes are all in evidence and all playing a distinct role, Mitsouko simply wouldn't be Mitsouko without the Ambregris.

The general impression is one of contemplative quiet amidst an avalanche of private thoughts, it is rich and opulent but solitary and restrained, warms up to deeply sensual but never in any ostentatious manner, in fact, Mitsouko is all about quiet sophistication and fiercely guarded privacy.
Scent 4.0/10
Faded Glory
I'm not sure what I was expecting from Mitsouko, but this is definitely not it!

Right off the bat, I get Lemon Pledge ... and my nose is suddenly very attuned to lemon, don't ask me why! The literature on this one gushes about the lengthy opening, mysteriously not delivering up the beauty of the notes to just anyone. I guess that's because the furniture polish gets in the way!! It's still there in the dry down ...
The peach, however, is what totally destroys this one for me. It has the slightly fetid, boozy quality of fallen peaches beneath the tree left too long in the sun. Fruit has no business in my Chypres (even when justified by calling the composition a 'fruity' chypre) and when that hefty oakmoss takes over anything else that may have been wanting to peep out is just smothered. I was waiting for Jasmine, I was looking forward to Rose ... not even a whiff of Spice did I get. Perhaps my nose is still too unsophisticated ... or not.
In Mitsouko's favor there is good longevity and it's been radiating from the back of my hand like a superstar for the last 5 hours ... so it's definitely tenacious.
Pull all the fruits and halve the intensity of the oakmoss and I think there's a gorgeous fragrance here. In it's present state it's just too dated, and I understand that what I've tried IS a reformulation.
LOL ... I'm generally totally opposed to reformulating ... but I think Mitsouko is an excellent candidate for updating. There are aspects of it that I could really love. It's quite masculine really ... but then I suppose it was directed at the tuxedo wearing, angular bob sporting, unfiltered cigarette smoking gals of the early 20's ... so from that point of view it definitely has a certain mystique.

Wearable? No ... at least not on me. Intriguing? Perhaps.

This moss monster is definitely not an easy sell .
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Helpful Review    7
Touch-up work aside, we're all aging at the same rate.
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.

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Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
Helpful Review    5
A green, mossy chypre in all its glory
I still have a lot to learn about chypres, so it made perfect sense to try one of the world's most famous chypres, Mitsouko.

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

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

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

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

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

Perhaps the reason why this fragrance is such a masterpiece is because it can evoke so many different feelings and opinions. Mitsouko is not something I can imagine myself wearing, however it is something that I could have the desire to smell every few seconds if I had the opportunity.
Scent 8.0/10
A scent to admire
Mitsouko is instantly recognizable, very French imo, and quite agreeable on my skin. The Asian influence is subtle, and the notes & structure are refined. On me, the EDP starts heavy and then moves to something surprisingly light & fresh before the base asserts itself.

I'm working through a sample vial, and I've been fully prepared to buy a bottle. Yet, I can't bring myself to love it enough to own. I think I struggle with the impression Mitsouko leaves -- It's too Continental for this Midwest farm girl.

Mitsouko is a scent I admire rather than a scent I wear.

13 Aug 2010
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 2.5/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Rapsody in Late September
An epic tale in minimalistic detail with
clean sinuous lines reminiscent of Art
nouveau made from an Occidental point of view of an Shinto temples of the island
of Japan and an austere elegance.

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

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

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

Mitsouko can be spiritual wistful calm
simple distant aristocratic distant and
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Jazzy76 8 months ago
I re-tested it after many years and it was a surprise to me: Jasmine notes involved me in a wonderful exotic trip!
I must have it!+1
Bottle 9.0
Sillage 8.0
Longevity 8.0
Scent 9.5

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