Elegance, class and wonderfully inviting. About as good as the perfumer's art ever attained. Not sure what's in it but wow. The best. I disagree with those who compare it to Jicky, which has a strong vanilla note. Mouchoir is in a class by itself, similar in its refinement to Creed's Cuir du Russie. They are exhalted fragrances, but not for a college guy for a night out. (Try Canoe). This is for someone who is mature, stable and singular. Astonishingly good.
Mouchoir De Monsieur by Guerlain, 1904
Rated #124 in Fragrances
A very respectable fragrance. On me it comes across as a more sensible and civilised version of Jicky, not that Jicky is in any way an animal. The dry down is standard Guerlain. However, I do not remember it moving me in any particular way, other than thinking that it was completely acceptable.
Opening the box you are presented with a gorgeous bee styled bottle which is worthy of keeping after the juice inside is gone. I drenched my body all over with 12 sprays (why not lol) and waited. It opens with a musty lemony lavender and the fragrance is extremely subtle and stays close to the body even after 12 sprays.lol It stays like this for a half hour and I was trying hard not to come to judgement to quickly which I'm glad I did not as after that half hour the magic happens. The fragrance then unfurls into a symphony of notes. It gets slightly sweeter in powdery way and floral, I take another smell and I start to pick up different aspects of the symphony of notes. I could smell patchouli and some woods and a lot of fragrance notes constantly shifting and moving upon my skin in harmony. Wonderful It's amazing that a fragrance that starts off not to pleasant with the lemony lavender mustyness can unfold into a lovely orchestra of notes. I have had to re wire my brain differently in the way I judge fragrances as this scent seems to work completly differently to the usual modern day fragrances. Though the fragrance is very subtle and close to the skin it is a highly tuned fine piece of work that shows its magic after the first half hour. I'm impressed and will have to check out more old style Guerlains to see if I get that magic. Wonderful stuff!
Ideal for strolling through a fog-enshrouded Whitechapel, twirling one's cane, whilst looking for 'trade'. A bit shocking when first encountered, as civet is not a note employed with much prominence in contemporary perfumery. Within 30 minutes of application however, it becomes rather more sociable. A beautiful blend of lemon, lavender and vanilla, with the civet providing intrigue, depth, and occasional quizzical looks. Moderate sillage and longevity.
Often described as Jicky with more civet but to me it is exactly the opposite. Resemblance to Guerlain's masterpiece from 1889 is clear but the civet in MdM is definitely tone down. The initial blast could result challenging to someone but the strong animalic aspect of the opening is quite efemeral leaving quickly space to a polite, yet incredibly satisfying, lavender/guerlinade fragrance of immense beauty. Old school, dandy-esque, compelling and extremely solid but when I'm in the mood for a classic lavender, I stick with the skankier Jicky.
I dont know if the bottle at the store had turned but I nearly puked when I smelled this! "fecal experience" describes it perfectly
The initial blast of civet can be quite overpowering. So, lt it settle down a bit before smelling. overall, nice mixture of lavender, civet and citrus. all in all, i find it more "soothing" than jicky (probably due to the prominence of the lavender in MdM) and more interesting than caron's PuH (which is largely lavender plus a bit of vanilla to my nose). Love MdM's drydown which gives a genteel aura...
A sweet and dirty fragrance. On top is citrus--orange and lemon. Next comes the fougere characteristic of lavender, which assists in making the rose more masculine. To sweeten things up, a good dose of vanilla is added. Most prominent and long-lasting of all, the base contains civit, musk and ambergris. This huge, animalic presence elevates Monsieur de Monsieur above the fray in terms of modern masculine fragrances. Wear it if you dare.
I have only been wearing this once so I won't jump to conclusions right away but this is my first impression: The notes are verry light and it's a close to the skin fragrance. I do like the fragrance I just was wishing it was projecting more. longevity is pretty weak (4 to 5 hours max)
A fragrance in three distinct phases. Initially a citrusy eau de cologne with old-world sophistication as the civet throbs below the surface. The top notes evaporate, the citrus retreats into the background and the civet takes centre stage. Here its noble rot pungent, sweet and slightly decayed. This is the challenging heart of MdM and it can be difficult to match to modern life. An almost fecal sweetness, emphasized by the vanilla and lavender long distances it from anything modern. Its not edgy or sexual, its refined and urbane, with top hat and tails, and a fragranced handkerchief. Enchanté. Finally the civet dries down and the scent deconstructs itself into elements of lavender and vanilla. Yes, the fragrance of the Belle Epoque, wonderfully rendered, probably wafting from a carriage hand-tooled by Hermés. I liked it enough to pony up the cash. Actually, I must really like it as Guerlian is owned by LVMH and I try to avoid buying anything LVMH. Very nice Bee bottle too.
Mouchoir De Monsieur by Guerlain, 1904
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