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Mitsouko EdP – Memories are made of this - September 27, 2017

Mitsouko EdP bottle - fragrantica.com

I don’t know why, but all I want today is Mitsouko. Maybe it’s the overnight arrival of cool weather, maybe just last night’s crazy dreams, maybe it’s just me revisiting memories, but the new fragrances sitting on my perfume shelf are going to have to wait to have their stories told, because today it’s just Mitsouko.

I originally wrote about Mitsouko exactly seven years ago, Sept. 29, 2010, when Gwen and I first started this blog. We listed the Mitsouko EdT version in our Decant Store, which many readers have ordered, and today I’m listing the Mitsouko EdP which is slightly different than the EdT, a little less citrusy up top, a little more golden-peach in the middle, but both with the plush warmth of the wonderful Mitsouko dry-down.

Here’s my original post from 2010, (with a few edits):

“We’ve had a lot of inquiries about the iconic Mitsouko, the benchmark chypre which was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1919.

Mitsouko is my most beloved perfume. Period. Mention Mitsouko and I can immediately smell it, the imprint of its unusual scent is so indelible on my brain. This has nothing to do with my perfume obsession because I was wearing and loving Mitsouko long before my obsession appeared, and long before Luca Turin ever picked up a pen and wrote The Perfume Guide, (see P. 84) so it has everything to do with my real life.

I was twenty and living in Paris when I was given a small bottle of Mitsouko parfum by my French boyfriend. He said he wanted me to have a sexy fragrance, one that he loved smelling on me, a perfume that would have meaning for both of us. I was thrilled because no man had ever given me perfume before so I wore it with abandoned pleasure, and often nothing else. I liked it, not just because he gave it to me, but because it was different, so different from the perfumes that I knew, like Chanel No.5, and Joy, which were floral, sweet, and rich, but linear and predictable. Safe.

Mitsouko was then, and still is, a whole different experience.  Mitsouko is made for skin - in fact, skin should be listed as one of the ingredients. This stupendous fragrance doesn’t reveal itself in a predictable way, but I can tell you that you’ll smell sun-warmed peaches, a whiff of orange blossom, plums, roses, jasmine, soft vanilla, damp green moss, sea salt, dried herbs, woods, leather, smoke. Not in sequence, alternating, repeating, maybe together, maybe separately, perhaps strong, maybe just a whiff, almost sweet and then not sweet, filled with light then darker, mysterious, open, playful, satisfying, but always leaving you wanting more.

Mitsouko is sensual in the purest sense of the word. The scent becomes part of you, like a second skin, always engaging your senses on some level. It’s an intimate scent, made for closeness and passion. My French boyfriend knew what he was doing when he gave me Mitsouko, because it truly did make me feel sexy… BTW how do French guys know this stuff? Do they teach it their schools?

But, and here’s the caveat, because of its deeply sensual nature, it must be tried, taken for a test-run, not by sniffing the bottle, but by spraying or dabbing on your warm skin, and then letting the experience embrace you for the next few hours. 

If you’re reading this blog, you love perfume, and I believe that everyone who loves perfume should smell Mitsouko on their own skin to experience one of the greatest perfumes ever created. So if you haven’t done this yet, leave the safe-zone and order a decant.

You won’t regret it.”

Mitsouko EdT is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.

Mitsouko EdP is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.

N.B. For an excellent review and history of Mitsouko, read this post by Elena Vosnaki on her perfumeshrine blogsite.