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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain - a review

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    I love the gentlemanly bergamot and lavender opening accord of MdM, I instantly feel like I've been transformed into Elgar's Edwardian world. I only wish these Enigma Variations lasted a bit longer. In less than a shake of a Civet Cat's tail, I'm back to Mr. Ruggles and my internet gyrations.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    Jicky gets my vote too. While MdM is absolutely lovely, classy and unique, it's longevity is just abysmal on me. BTW Mike, your reviews have a way of domesticating and personalizing your fragrances - it's so clear that you own and live with them. You're very unpretentious and direct, two good qualities for sure! Keep up the good work!
    I remember you owning a bottle of MdM and then selling it, but I couldn't remember why. Although for me the short longevity (like the fantastic-yet-short-lived Apres L'Ondee) I can tolerate, since the scent is so wonderful.

    Thanks for the compliments buddy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    ...As I like to scutinise the name and marketing of scent (including the bottles), I must point out the name--"mouchoir de monsieur" meaning "gentleman's handkerchief" in French--is telling. The handkerchief, from the nineteenth century and before, is an assessory rarely seen in our days of facial tissue and Kleenex. A man might give a woman his perfumed handkerchief to daub her brow after a vigourous polka or gallop; leaving the handkerchief in the lady's possession might occasion another chance to associate with her. Happily, many such handkerchiefs were broidered with a man's cipher, leaving no doubt to the identity of the owner. Imagine the distress of a lady with a collection of these handkerchiefs without ciphers, which were often perfumed with a man's scent, not to mention--if carried in the breast pocket of a coat--the scent of a man's skin...
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    My Dad kept handkerchiefs in his pocket all of the time, when I was growing up. I think he still does. It's something he picked up in the Marine Corps, I think. I have vivid memories of him handing me his handkerchief to blow my nose or wipe my brow, and his fragrance emanating from it. Usually British Sterling or Wild Country by Avon. Sometimes Brut.

    Ever so often, when I go out clubbing, I take a handkerchief with me since I sweat a lot when I dance and a handkerchief is handier than a cocktail napkin from the bar. Sometimes I scent it. It feels a little silly, but I'm a sucker for those British/Victorian rituals.

    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    Great review, Mike. I love MdM but rarely wear it anymore. I don't see it as having bigger bones. Not by a long shot. I see it as a sparer version of Jicky, built on a smaller frame with fewer things happening, and perhaps appearing sturdier and more solidly constructed. Same with most men's fragrances. "In perfumes, the male of the species is always smaller." That quote holds up 90% of the time.

    You got the feel of the thing down. I like both, and might prefer the overall scent of MdM, but I'll take Jicky in the long run because it just gives a little more satisfaction. I wear it primarily around the house. Sort of like the protecting genie Turin talks about in his review of Osmanthus. I like the EDP, but it gets a little too oriental, so I just do the EDT. It wears easy, and I don't have any problem with it being matronly. I'm pretty far from matronly. I see what you're sayin though.

    Great stuff, man. And for what it's worth, MdM is a hell of a lot better fragrance than the woody-amber-nuclear-radiance-attack that is Heritage. It is one of the most instantly appealing fragrances I've smelled, but I always wondered why I never wore it in either concentration. I figured it out in Turin's review when he talked about its tremendous radiance(generally a bad thing for a masculine). This stuff is incoming, and hard to defend against. Heritage was a favorite of Princess Diana, and supposedly many other women wear it, including Nadine de Rothschild. People go on about it being so masculine, and I don't get it at all. As Turin said, just add a drop of jasmine in it and delete the masculine. It's so close already. A lot of them are. Whatever. I'm not into the masculine/feminine crap anyway. But one thing's for sure, Heritage just gets louder by the minute once it heats up on the skin, and I usually get it off pretty fast once it does.

    Here's to MdM. Thanks for the review.
    Thank you Pluran - it's hella nice to see you back posting on BN, you've been missed.

    I see your point about MdM smelling solid and yet realistically being less solid than Jicky. One of these days I'm going to 'man up' and get Jicky EdP. But, what I neglected to post, is that I was able to get a small amount of vintage Jicky Eau de Cologne and honestly it's my favorite version of Jicky. I was afraid of using the word 'matronly' in my review, but I'm glad you see what I mean. Hey...I wear Shalimar EdC every day to bed, and many people call that one matronly. LOL. We all approach scents like these, so differently...even at different times of our life. It's what makes being a fragrance enthusiast so interesting, I think.

    And Heritage, I think the vintage EdP is just breathtakingly beautiful...but I have a bottle of 'new' EdT and I have to be super careful or it gives me a headache when I apply it. The After Shave (vintage) is also easier to wear.

    Quote Originally Posted by manicboy View Post
    Is MdM discontinued or on limited supply? I've never seen it in any dept store or online vendor.
    It is not discontinued, it is on the official Guerlain website. It is hard to find online. I bought mine from a Basenoter, but I believe I've only seen it in stock, at Fragrancenet and Escentual.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Guerlain View Post
    Thanks for the review Mike! Lovely. To me, lavender oil in general has this "transparent" / "un-deep" feel, I sort of get the picture of evaporated butter, but because MdM has more bergamot plus patchouli to fill up the core, I actually feel MdM to be a much less "subdued" scent than Jicky. Jicky is in my catalogue the most transparent of the Guerlains (competing with Chant d'Arômes for the title).
    Thank you Ulrik.

    I must say, lavender smells SO different in MdM (and Jicky) versus all of the other lavenders I've smelled. I was just having this conversation with a Basenoter yesterday about AA Lavande Velours, which is very sharp and medicinal lavender (you know...like the actual plant!) whereas in MdM it does lavender so differently...yes, transparent. And although I wouldn't call Jicky transparent (well, atleast not the EdP), but compared to something like say... Idylle, I see what you mean!
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    Great review Mike!

    Yesterday I had to go in for an ambulatory hernia surgery, and while getting dressed in the morning I thought carefully about what, if anything, I should wear for the hospital experience. I decided to please myself so it was one spray on the chest of Mouchoir de Monsieur. I checked in at 11 for a 12 noon surgery which really started after one o'clock.

    After the recovery period, about four o'clock, I got dressed and my nurse asked me about my cologne. She said it was the most subtle fragrance she had ever smelt and resembled nothing of other men's colognes. She told me she hoped she could buy some for her husband. While still groggy from the anesthesia it took me a couple of minutes to remember what I had put on. I did mention that it was not altogether easy to find. She mentioned going on the internet to search for it.

    The surgery went very well, and the appreciation of Mouchoir de Monsieur was a bonus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amit View Post
    Brilliant review Mike. I haven't smelled MdM yet but it looks like I'll have to sometime sooner
    You must smell it Amit, I'd love to know what you think about it.

    Quote Originally Posted by magnnum View Post
    Excellent review!
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Strollyourlobster View Post
    Thanks for the review, Mike. Good to have you around, Pluran! And Mike thanks for pointing out the rosemary note in Jicky. This actually really helps me perceive something that's been knocking at the service entrance of my olfactory brain for some time.
    Thanks Stroll...I must admit I owe thanks to the Guerlain boutique printed catalogue, for helping guide my nose towards the rosemary. It's presence in MdM is miles away from the resinous, woody plants leaves fresh from the ground (I have a rosemary bush on the side of my house) and smells a bit more like stirring a glass of iced tea with a rosemary branch and smelling/sipping the combination.

    Quote Originally Posted by foetidus View Post
    Excellent review, Mike. Mouchoir de Monsieur has been at the top of my favorites since I first smelled it. I don't wear it too often because I think of it as being too elegant for my usual persona.
    Thanks Foetidus. And if I may quote Yves St. Laurent who said, 'Isn't elegance forgetting what one is wearing?'

    Quote Originally Posted by bokaba View Post
    Excellent review. I couldn't get behind Mouchoir de Monsieur, but found Jicky EdT more to my liking.
    Thanks bokaba. I see you are not alone, Jicky EdT is so popular w/ many Basenoters (lot's of men, usually), but it's the lack of powder in MdM that makes it easier for me to enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Ludlow View Post
    It's interesting how I grew to love it. After sampling it for maybe five or six times and always left kind of indifferent about it I almost accidentally sprayed it one more time and it all connected; the most velvety and distinctive drydown. It's not that I found it horrid or even interesting at first, I just thought it was very average - it's rare for me to feel this way and suddenly fall for a scent. Usually one can tell if a fragrance is challenging one and merits more testings. This makes me worried; maybe I've missed the beauty of some other great ones, which has similar subtle hidden beauty.

    Guerlinade is obviously there, but instead of turning overlty powdery it always stays very solid and focused. That's the key for me.
    I felt this way about a handful of Guerlains...total underwhelmed. Maybe I should try to revisit them soon...I might like them more now. And yes, the Guerlinade being devoid of powder, is one of my favorite aspects of the scent. Mostly for ones own personal enjoyment, since it wears so close.

    Quote Originally Posted by CDG View Post
    After reading, I think I would like to get to know Mikeperez more than I would MdM
    I've recently tested MdM( thanks Dr Creed!) and have been mesmerized by its subtlety.
    LOL - trust me CDG, MdM is much more interesting than I am.


    Quote Originally Posted by tanto View Post
    Mouchoir de Monsieur is a classic. It is one of my all time favorites because it is so easy to wear and noncloying. Yes, it is subtle, classy, and rich smelling. You have good taste. Keep on enjoying it, too!!
    Thanks tanto!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    This review only indirectly reasserts one of the few fragrance testings that turned into a lifelong passion, since, without sounding cliched, after trying MdM, it was love at first whiff, turning into a lasting, "committed" devotion.
    Don't you just love falling in love at first whiff, with fragrances? I do. The last one that did this to me was Philtre d'Amour (and of course I own a bottle now).

    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    Thanks for your review Mike! lookin forward to sample this one..
    Oh you must sample it jenson - but please do so along with Jicky, and you'll smell the similarities and differences straight away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdemetre View Post

    After the recovery period, about four o'clock, I got dressed and my nurse asked me about my cologne. She said it was the most subtle fragrance she had ever smelt and resembled nothing of other men's colognes. She told me she hoped she could buy some for her husband. While still groggy from the anesthesia it took me a couple of minutes to remember what I had put on. I did mention that it was not altogether easy to find. She mentioned going on the internet to search for it.

    The surgery went very well, and the appreciation of Mouchoir de Monsieur was a bonus.
    Men should NEVER forget the impact a well-scented/groomed man can make! Thanks for sharing. That compliment must have made your day.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    My Dad kept handkerchiefs in his pocket all of the time, when I was growing up. I think he still does. It's something he picked up in the Marine Corps, I think. I have vivid memories of him handing me his handkerchief to blow my nose or wipe my brow, and his fragrance emanating from it. Usually British Sterling or Wild Country by Avon. Sometimes Brut.

    Ever so often, when I go out clubbing, I take a handkerchief with me since I sweat a lot when I dance and a handkerchief is handier than a cocktail napkin from the bar. Sometimes I scent it. It feels a little silly, but I'm a sucker for those British/Victorian rituals.
    I also scent my handkerchiefs Simple white ones with a monogram. The other day, I gave one away to a niece who liked the YSL Paris I sprayed on it. Heck, I even scent my gloves with L'Occitane Jasmine EDP and now with ELdO Jasmin et Cigarette EDP as as homage to you-know-who...
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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain - a review

    This past week, I shared some MdM with two people: one a Basenoter and another someone who just enjoys fragrances.

    BOTH of them fell in love with it. Which kind of surprised me, since I wasn't sure if they were going to 'get' it.

    T. Rex, Esq (the Basenoter) applied some of his sample while one of his cats was on his lap and a tiny amount of MdM got on the cat fur. He said he could smell the MdM on the cat all of the next day.

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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain - a review

    I personally love MdM and Jicky. Because Jicky is much easier to find in this part of the world, I have worn it more. Really good review, mikep!

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    Default Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain - a review

    MP23, I agree with you on its structure. MdM is a Guerlain high point as far as I am concerned. Compared to Jicky EDP and EDT, its more suave, with a near perfect balance of bergamot, lavender, the guerlinade base and the animalic notes. Its like Roger Federer playing tennis when he is flying high - effortlessly classy, and making the hard stuff look easy. MdM makes Jicky EDT/EDP look like Marat Safin at times. Smelling it one could believe Guerlain is the best perfume house in the world. At one point I was only rotating Santal Imperial and MdM and nothing could be better in the world.
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