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  1. Mitsouko

    Mitsouko is a perfume created in 1919 by Jacque Guerlain. Just after the World War I – the time when people tired of cruelties and were longed for softness and joy to smelt the ice in their hardened hearts. The light, warm and tender fragrance fulfilled this need. Mitsouko was a masterpiece that is still popular and loved. One of the few fragrances which has survived all the reformulations without loosing its charm and beauty.

    The name Mitsouko comes from a novel of Claude Ferré ...
    Perfume review
  2. The Journey So Far vol.4

    In the beginning of 2003 two important things happened: I got my first credit card and started the Great Chypre Quest.

    Many fragrance forum fellows kindly made recommendations and generously provided samples, and I soon learned that the Chypres that were most me were either leather Chypres like Bandit or Jolie Madame or fruit Chypres like Femme, Mitsouko or Y, but I didn't get along with green Chypres like No 19 or Eau de Soir. Not surprisingly, one of my greatest Chypre loves, Le ...
  3. Show Me What You've Got: Is it all about initial notes?

    by , 13th July 2008 at 09:52 PM (The Adventures of a Canadian Fragonaut)
    We always say that it's not all about the topnotes, and that it's a shame that the general public tends to evaluate fragrances based only on the initial notes they smell at retail counters. It isn't just with fragrances that something like this happens, though. I recently noticed that it also happened when I was on a daytrip and shared my music collection with one of my travel companions.

    Some of my absolute favorite tracks are a little more involved. They don't always open with ...

    Updated 13th July 2008 at 10:18 PM by echerub

    Fragrant Musings
  4. The Novice Nose: Is There A Difference Between Action and Words?

    As I’ve said in the past one of the reasons I’m doing SotW is to see whether the actions of the community match up to the words on the forums. Over the last couple of weeks there have been three opportunities for me to check whether our words as a community match our actions in what we wear.
    The first is this thread around Acqua di Parma Colonias
    Throughout this thread there is a debate about which Colonia is best. There ...
    The Novice Nose
  5. A Day of Perfume Shopping in Montreal

    I’m sitting here at my computer with 12 Guerlain smelling strips on the desk between me and the keyboard, wafting up and creating a delicious Guerlain soup. They are the fruits of a day-long sampling trip to Montreal, which I’m considering a great success, and which I’m just itching to talk about!

    I came in on the train at 9:30, equipped with 25 empty 1ml vials, paper envelopes, and a pen for labelling. First stop: the Bay. The main large store has a gigantic cosmetics & fragrances ...

    Updated 21st July 2008 at 11:45 AM by kopah