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Guerlain Mitsouko is the Guerlain scent that is the standard for uniqueness in perfumery. It was launched in 1919 (100 years ago!), created by Jacques Guerlain.  The inspiration was "La Bataille," a story of an ill-fated love between Mitsouko (Japanese Admiral Togo's wife) and an unnamed British officer. Both men were in the war on opposite sides, they went into battle against each other, and Mitsouko waited to see who returned. 

Mitsouko was much loved by stars of the era - Jean Harlow, Charlie Chaplin and Anais Nin. It is a deeply complicated perfume that is hard to love and also easy to love.  Again, I will post snippets from a lot of reviews below, and they will conflict, and you will think, huh?  But there are a thousand stories in Mitsouko, and it is different for each wearer.

Mitsouko is a chypre with notes of bergamot, peach, jasmine, rose, oakmoss, vetiver, pepper and cinnamon. It is an eau de parfum, edp.

Reviews of Guerlain Mitsouko

From March at Perfume Posse (possibly the person who loves Mitsouko the mostest) - "In perfume circles, Mitsouko is one of those givens – like Mount Everest, or death. It exists in its timeless majesty, whether or not you appreciate it. It has an air of inevitability. I suppose my first tentative sniff of Mitsouko was like a budding oenophile´s first sip of wine that didn´t come in a gallon jug from the supermarket. Mitsouko was my gateway drug. It was my introduction to the kind of ecstasy a scent could provoke. I had no understanding of it; I had no concrete idea of what I was smelling. Mount Everest doesn´t care whether you understand it."

From Olfactoria's Travels - "Not so Mitsouko (at least for now). All I get is damp cellar and hot swamp. My nose is, for some reason yet to be determined, not able to smell the fabled peach, to smell any floralcy, nothing. All I get is the swamp. And I can’t find it in me to like the swamp. I almost see the stones flying at me from all directions, and isn’t that Luca Turin over there throwing his book at me?"

From Persolaise - "It remains pensive, mature and unreadable, but now, it also sparkles. Whereas in recent years, it had become somewhat more inward-looking, its current iteration gazes straight into the heart of the world with a smile that is welcoming and magnetic in equal measure. Mitsouko had started becoming all about breadth, but now its height has been restored, plunging from bergamot to woods to mosses with irresistible clarity. It is a multi-faceted shimmer of delight. Seek it out… and fall in love all over again. "

 

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  • picosinge - 12th Feb 2018

    4
    Warm but haughty spice

    Opens up like a sledge hammer (as sometimes happens with Guerlain perfumes), eventually dries down to warm spices and vetiver. BF does not like it, said it smells a bit like Old Spice! To me, while this is quite spicy, it does not have the cloying sweetness; and while it is warm, it is not inviting. The peach is rather subtle. I wear my Vol de Nuit extract for winter nights out, EDT for the day, l'Instant when I feel nice and sweet and dreamy, Apres l'Ondee in the spring, Samsara to seduce, but Mitsouko is going to be for my own pleasure, my "I don't give a hoot about the rest of the world" scent. Mitsouko envelopes me when I am in a pensive mood and do not want to connect with others. Great longevity.

  • elisa - 1st Mar 2015

    5
    All scented up and nowhere to go

    Since I am drawn to chypre scents, and this being the Grandmammy, I had to try it. I did not have a hard time liking this scent although I can see why others find it difficult. It is heavy and rich. The opening is rather dry and salty on me and slightly play-do-ish. It's like a salted, unripe peach which hangs around even as the spicy notes come through and it starts to sweeten. This combo is really appealing to me and is comforting and warm. At one point it seemed to turn sulphuric, which in a heftier dose would have been unpleasant but that faded in and out and may have more to do with skin chemistry. The problem is, I can't seem to figure out when/where to wear this. It's too much for work and I'm not a frequenter of glamorous events so I end up just dotting it on my skin for only me to smell. I'm glad I also got a decant of Jubilation xxv as it has a similar opulent quality but I find it to be more wearable(and am kicking myself that I didn't get the 5ml decant on a "fabulous Friday" special. Hope you bring it back!)

7 Reviews

  • picosinge - 12th Feb 2018

    4
    Warm but haughty spice

    Opens up like a sledge hammer (as sometimes happens with Guerlain perfumes), eventually dries down to warm spices and vetiver. BF does not like it, said it smells a bit like Old Spice! To me, while this is quite spicy, it does not have the cloying sweetness; and while it is warm, it is not inviting. The peach is rather subtle. I wear my Vol de Nuit extract for winter nights out, EDT for the day, l'Instant when I feel nice and sweet and dreamy, Apres l'Ondee in the spring, Samsara to seduce, but Mitsouko is going to be for my own pleasure, my "I don't give a hoot about the rest of the world" scent. Mitsouko envelopes me when I am in a pensive mood and do not want to connect with others. Great longevity.

  • elisa - 1st Mar 2015

    5
    All scented up and nowhere to go

    Since I am drawn to chypre scents, and this being the Grandmammy, I had to try it. I did not have a hard time liking this scent although I can see why others find it difficult. It is heavy and rich. The opening is rather dry and salty on me and slightly play-do-ish. It's like a salted, unripe peach which hangs around even as the spicy notes come through and it starts to sweeten. This combo is really appealing to me and is comforting and warm. At one point it seemed to turn sulphuric, which in a heftier dose would have been unpleasant but that faded in and out and may have more to do with skin chemistry. The problem is, I can't seem to figure out when/where to wear this. It's too much for work and I'm not a frequenter of glamorous events so I end up just dotting it on my skin for only me to smell. I'm glad I also got a decant of Jubilation xxv as it has a similar opulent quality but I find it to be more wearable(and am kicking myself that I didn't get the 5ml decant on a "fabulous Friday" special. Hope you bring it back!)

  • Allison Rowland - 12th Sep 2014

    2
    Not awful, just a little odd

    I love Samsara and several other Guerlain fragrances so I really wanted to like this. And I don't hate it but I rarely choose to wear it. It smells musty on me.

  • Nina Maria Eidheim - 13th Jun 2013

    1
    Terrible

    After all this praise I am so surprised! This odeur I can not even use as roomspray. Overwhelming and nauseeting, going on for hours in the same intense, heavy way. I'm thinking about who the ... I can give this bottle too, as to get rid of it. Must be a very old lady.

  • Unknown - 25th Jan 2013

    4
    A classic

    It makes me feel elegant, it is not an "easy" fragrance but it is a star

  • Unknown - 15th Dec 2012

    5
    beautiful

    I tried this because I like l'heure blu so much, and guerlain in general. I didn't have high hopes because peach?! but the peach is dry and subtle and the other notes keep it interesting. it seems to change every few hours till its gone

  • Cat - 23rd Sep 2012

    5
    Now I understand the classic status

    I tried Mitsouko years ago, and found it rather unpleasant; I now think I had tried only the EdT version, which is indeed different that this concentration. Lovely warm and bright citrus opening, herbal undertones, warm floral notes entwining with the unmistakable mossy base notes; enchanting, present but not overwhelming, interesting at every stage, comforting in the dry-down; yes, a classic, not to be forgotten.

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