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    Default Mouchoir de Monsieur for a female? what do you think?

    After reading through the directory reviews on this Guerlain classic, Mouchoir de Mousieur, I'm hesitant to give it a try.

    I like Jicky, which it is referenced to repeatedly; somehow this one intimidates me.

    Does anyone have experience with this scent?

    TIA

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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur for a female? what do you think?

    Its beautiful scent...I think it would be great on a woman. The topnotes are a bit more citrus-heavy than jicky, but the rest is perfection. I think the associations with jicky are there because of the civet. Still worth trying though.

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    Yes, yes, yes

    I have Jicky edp, and really do get the similarities with MdM. MdM is more cologne-like though, probably from the citrus. It is definitely not overly masculine.

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    Sounds wonderful - I'm going to sample it. Thank you.

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    Mouchoir de Monsieur is definitely a close cousin of Jicky. If you like Jicky, you are bound to like MdM. If you can't wear Jicky - MdM may be enough different that it would work. Does for me. I tried and tried to like and wear Jicky EDP, and it never smelled that good on me (got a sweaty, peppery meat smell on me), but MdM was perfection.

    And I like the extra citrus up front, and the extra civet on the dry down. Keeps it away from the unpleasant notes I had with Jicky.

    Given its lighter nature (despite the extra civet!) it may work better in the summer!
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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur for a female? what do you think?

    The citrus up front sounds wonderful to me. The Jicky formulation I prefer is the EDT, but I don't own it - I'm just basing my opinion on dept store samplings. That is the formulation where I get less of the meat smell.

    I'm so looking forward to testing MM. Thanks for the advice.

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    Oh Yes it does work on women.

    I bought it blind and adore MdM. There is a similarity to Jicky, I have heard it described as Jicky's little brother. Compared to Jicky MdM seems more delicate in nature, gentle airy.
    DONNA

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    *sigh*
    add another one to my list of lemmings...

    Sounds gorgeous for real summer heat..
    "A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future." Coco Chanel

    I'm streamlining my collection http://community.basenotes.net/showt...29#post1219729

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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur for a female? what do you think?

    MdM's a smaller verson of Jicky. It's also less sweet and less cloying with body heat. I smell more civet in Jicky.

    Women can wear any men's fragrance.

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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur for a female? what do you think?

    The descriptions are sounding wonderful - in fact, perfect for what I'm looking for - a slightly edgier smell, hopefully from a masculine scent so people are surprised when they ask me what I'm wearing - to get out of my feminine frag stereotype rut. Thank you!

    Pluran - Your comment interests me because I also want to try Antaeus. Do you think the reverse is equally true - that men can wear any women's fragrance?
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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur for a female? what do you think?

    If you like Jicky, you should have no trouble with MdM, either. I love both, but MdM is still on my wishlist.
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    MdM is more aromatic and spicy than Jicky, but very much a similar beast. I disagree with the other posters and feel Jicky has less civet than MdM - I think the civet actually makes Jicky what it is. That said MdM is also fantastic and would work well on anybody who is looking for something very Proustian.
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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur for a female? what do you think?

    A spicier and aromatic Jicky might be just the thing - I get a lot of clean, fresh lavender from Jicky - the parfum formulation, some meat from the EDP and a good combo of citrus/lavender/civet from the EDT, which would be great if it lasted through the day, but the EDT is still a tad crisp and clean and cologne like on me.

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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur for a female? what do you think?

    First off, it seems to me MdM could easily be considered appropriate for a woman. The "lines" dividing what is marketed as masculine and feminine have shifted quite a bit in the 100 years since this has been on the market. I get a nice dollop of jasmine from MdM which I don't get from Jicky. Jicky to me is way too busy, especially in the early notes, then becomes all about the vanilla later. MdM has a smoother opening and a more balanced finish, which are good qualities for a fragrance that anyone would wear.

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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur for a female? what do you think?

    The vanilla in Jicky is pronounced in the drydown for me as well - we're talking after about 5 hours, and is okay, but not one of my favorite effects in any frag (Shalimar unfortunately gets there in about 10 minutes with my chemistry - I never wear it). As you describe, there is an "early business" about Jicky. I happen to like the combination of notes, but that's a great way to describe it and I think that quality goes a long way to making it appealing to so many. Most people could find a note / smell in there pretty readily (even if they can't specifically name it) that is enjoyable on its own - lavender, citrus, vanilla, civet.

    Thanks for the input - I purchased a sample of MdM and can't wait to try it out!
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    I agree - MdM has significantly more civet than Jicky. It is a beautiful scent, however, and women will have no trouble wearing it. In fact, I layer Jicky extrait with a few spritzes of MdM - it gives the Jicky more umph and the MdM more longevity.

    Teddius

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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur for a female? what do you think?

    Thank you for that excellent idea, Teddius. I'm generally fearful of layering - don't trust my judgement in that regard, I guess, but these two sound made for it.

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