Summary: When I was a child, my mother had a great friend who was an elderly White Russian aristocrat, a woman of great elegance and taste who'd lived in China, and had a house full of remarkable, rich furniture and impossibly deep wool carpets. This was her signature scent. I'd always been in thrall of it, but it seemed too complex for my palate - I tended as a younger woman toward simpler scents, white florals etc.
Summary: 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.
Not as good since reformulated, but still beautiful
S. Hamrick, amazon.com
25 February 2013
Summary: The newer formulation has a lot less of the oakmoss and jasmine than the vintage, but it's still so elegant. I don't get the peaches and florals in the drydown as much, but the dusty-spicy-powdery feel with that green-fruity tinge underneath is amazing, nothing like anything coming out now.
Summary: A heavy, mature (not in a bad way) fragrance. Very warm. I find it best for winter wear. Lots of lasting power and projection. With my chemistry it's not at all fruity. Lots of earthy oakmoss, cinnamon, vetiver and bergamot. Mitsouko will not be everyone's cup of tea. To me it's a very cozy scent, like a down comforter & hot herbal tea.