Summary: I thought of Mitsouko on Saturday, while I was watching the movie "Indiscreet" (1958) with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. They say online at several sites that Guerlain Mitsouko was Ingrid Bergman's favorite perfume. I have also read that Charlie Chaplin wore it. There is a scene toward the end of "Indiscreet" -- in Ingrid's bedroom -- and she's sitting at her vanity -- and Cary Grant is stomping around the room (they're fighting).
Summary: 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 ...
Summary: I was absolutely intrigued by the reviews, and by the fact that this is a historical Guerlain, so naturally I had to try this. I really wish this worked for me, but after multiple wears from a sample, it just never did. I think the sample was EDP. On my skin it smelled the exact same way as it did in liquid form, with no development whatsoever. It actually made my nose hurt a little because it smelled like toxic cedar chips sprayed with pesticides.
Summary: 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.
Summary: I was utterly new to the world of perfume, when I unwisely bought Mitsouko based on The Guide review. However, Mitsouko, afforded me some great (if rudimentary) lessons. First, I now know to always buy a sample/decant first. Also, it is for me a perfect example of how subjective our response to perfume is, and I love that! Over the past year, it has been fun to find out if I could acquire a taste for a perfume that I disliked at first, but might grow into over time.
Summary: Waxy peaches. Why, oh why, do all of the classics have that waxy lipstick accord? Unlike No. 5, which starts out with citrus, sweet almonds, and powder (to my nose) and dries down to a more bitter waxy version of itself, this one (I tried the EDT as that's all that was available to test at Neiman's) and it went straight to the waxy accord without hesitation.
Summary: I would love to love this! The name is wonderful and the bottle is pretty and for a Guerlain nut to not like it is practically criminal but I just...can't. The problem isn't the fragrance, it's me--I despise chypres, they smell like insect repellent/mothballs/musty old drawers to me, don't want to wear them, no way, no how. But I had high hopes because apparently Mitsouko is a chypre for people who don't like chypres, so I thought I'd give 'er a whirl.
Summary: This smells exactly like Estee Lauder's Cinnabar to me. I sprayed some on the other day, and was turned off. I don't know if it's because it's summertime and the cinnamon clashed with the heat or what. This mignt be nicer in the winter. The lasting power was superb, unfortunately.