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    Cool Can we guys really get away with wearing Guerlain Mitsouko?

    I have read several articles saying we can, but although it is excellent and mouthwateringly perfect in every way, isn't it just a little bit too feminine for a man? I wish I had the guts to wear Mitsouko, maybe transversely I'm just not man enough?

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    If it smells good on you, wear it! =) You don't want to miss on a legend in the perfume world!

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    Yes, it draws compliments, at least in my case.

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    There's a high-school boy here who wears Mitsouko to school. We're all gutless wonders next to him!

    (Actually, he may have graduated by now...)
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    I've tried it unsuccessfully. On my skin, it went way too feminine for my likes.
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    Yeah I do. I even get away with L'instant de Guerlain pour femme, which I love so much. I wear the extrait of it. In moderation, scents will blend well with your looks and chemistry. If you love it, wear it without fear. I get away will most of the women's Caron scents. Two sparys on the chest and that's it. You can replenish later on in the day. If you are self-aware all the time, you won't enjoy it.

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    Default Re: Can we guys really get away with wearing Guerlain Mitsouko?

    I wear it from time to time. It doesn't feel feminine to me - but that's just me. I think of it as a study in classic perfumery and enjoy it each time I wear it.

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    Default Re: Can we guys really get away with wearing Guerlain Mitsouko?

    I wear it, too. Love the stuff. I also wear a number of women's frags, especially chypres and some of the orientals.

    It's up to to you whether you find it too feminine. But how much of that is psychological? Does the fragrance really smell that feminine to you or has the packaging and marketing had too strong an influence?

    I say be bold and give it a full wearing or two rather than just think about it. Only then will you know if you like how it performs for you.

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    Why not? In fact, to my nose, Mitsouko does have unisex potential

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    Default Re: Can we guys really get away with wearing Guerlain Mitsouko?

    Actually, only you and anyone that knows Mitsouko will know you are wearing a scent marketed to women.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict View Post
    Actually, only you and anyone that knows Mitsouko will know you are wearing a scent marketed to women.
    Exactly my thought.

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    I also agree. No one else will know or even think that it is a feminine scent. You have to overcome your own worries about it.


    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict View Post
    Actually, only you and anyone that knows Mitsouko will know you are wearing a scent marketed to women.

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    If you want to wear a masculine-marketed Mitsouko, try Carthusia Numero Uno.

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    Another + 1 for mitsouko but only when lightly applied

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    Absolutely. It's in The Guide as one of the top ten feminines for men.
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    If I could wear it I would. I love this fragrance, but for some reason It doesn't love me. Maybe some kind of a skin thing, but back to your question you bet you can wear it.
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    I think you should draw conclusions Bruspotter.
    In some cases, posing the question is answering the question.

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    I find it helps if I wear Mitsouoko with a cute sundress and some strappy sandals. Then it seems just right.
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    It depends on your style in general. If you like high-heels, go for it.

    Just kidding. Personally, I'd feel so badass if I wore a woman's perfume. If somebody would ask me "Isn't that a perfume for women?" I would answer Dick Cheney style "So?"

    However, I tend to like spicy/woodsy notes and dislike flowery ones, so I guess I'm naturally drawn to "men's fragrances".

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I find it helps if I wear Mitsouoko with a cute sundress and some strappy sandals. Then it seems just right.
    What?! No lipstick?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBL View Post
    What?! No lipstick?!
    No. Just a little beige lip gloss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I find it helps if I wear Mitsouoko with a cute sundress and some strappy sandals. Then it seems just right.
    Can you post a pic? LOL! Hey Joe, you damn near had me on the floor with this one. You just made my day man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron199 View Post
    Can you post a pic? LOL!
    Just visualize Milton Berle in drag and you are close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zliang View Post
    If you want to wear a masculine-marketed Mitsouko, try Carthusia Numero Uno.
    + 1.

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    I have found that there is very little I cannot wear, and besides, Mitsouko is not really that far into the female spectrum anyway. By sticking rigidly to the gender divides, you may well be depriving yourself of some wonderful fragrance experiences.

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    You guys can definitely wear Mitsouko - it's very unisex to me.
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    If you like it, wear it. Forget about the gender labels. Simply enjoy!

    I agree with Mimi that it's unisex. Not overly "flowery." But who am I to say flowers are not for men!? My poster boy's favourite scent was jasmine.
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    Yay for Primrose !

    Yes, I find most of the Guerlain's are quite interchangeable between the sexes. Go for it guys !
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    To me this peachy-mossy fragrance is easily unisex. However its also instantly recognizable by the general public - there have been times when women have asked me whether I was wearing a 'Guerlain' or 'Mitsouko'..
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    I'm in highschool and I wear Mitsouko very often to school. I don't really find Mitsy very feminine, and everyone who has complimented me on it don't either, I wouldn't worry about it, if you like it... wear it.
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    Simple answer: YES! I have worn it many times and have not been arrested yet.

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    Let your nose be your guide. Whether a fragrance is deemed masculine or feminine is generally nothing more than marketing. Frankly, I enjoy a man who wears Mitsouko with confidence.
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    I've (once) been asked if I were wearing a female scent: it was Dior Homme. Since I like making jokes, I answered "yes, it is called Dior Homme". Of course, I had to explain... but the woman liked it, but she said it did not smell manly, the way her chersihed YSL's Jazz does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    Just visualize Milton Berle in drag and you are close.
    No. I'm a little more like Tootsie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I find it helps if I wear Mitsouoko with a cute sundress and some strappy sandals. Then it seems just right.
    I try to avoid this since I can't be arsed to shave my legs. Or my chest for that matter, or my goatee. Nobody cares what I smell like, they just bitch about my hirsute maleness...
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    Default Re: Can we guys really get away with wearing Guerlain Mitsouko?

    OK, I have to wade in on this topic. Mitsouko is my signature scent, as all here on Basenotes will attest, and I have had many, many compliments from the wearing of Mitsouko from women and men. Mitsouko defies gender specificity. I feel that is not only unisex, but one of the finest, if not THE finest, fragrance ever made. I wear it with complete confidence and so can anyone.
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    Mitsouko lost its gender a couple of decades ago - if it ever actually had one. I think you should ask yourself first if you like the smell of Mitsouko. I do, but while I admire its beauty and proportion, I find wearing it all day to be a little overwhelming, sort of like having the Mona Lisa hanging in one's living room.

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    I can get away with wearing it, I just often don't want to wear it.

    I actually find it a difficult fragrance to like if truth be told. I'd rather wear Mouchoir de Monsieur or Jicky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HDS1963 View Post
    I can get away with wearing it, I just often don't want to wear it.

    I actually find it a difficult fragrance to like if truth be told. I'd rather wear Mouchoir de Monsieur or Jicky.
    Over the past six months I have tested Mitsouko on 3 seperate occasions, Shalimar EDP once, and L' Heure Bleue once. I have tried MdM, and also Jicky EDT, all at least once. For the life of me, I just don't get any of the older offerings like these from Guerlain. Sure they are all well made with quality materials, but ???????? They smell like old ladies and old men (dated). Sorry they just do. Wearing and appreciation: two seperate things for me. Much respect to the artistry but no likey for me.

    Mitsouko...Ok for the first hour it had some promise and interest, but that drydown was difficult to say the least for me. I am just once removed white trash from Alabama, so don't mind me. Take my tastes with a grain of salt and hope that one day I have the epiphany that others have had with these arts of perfumery.

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    If it was good enough for Sergei Diaghilev, shouldn't it be good enough for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jardanel View Post
    If it was good enough for Sergei Diaghilev, shouldn't it be good enough for you?
    You must have missed a portion of my earlier post. I was not as fortunate as good ole Sergei Diaghilev. He was born into wealth and knew early the need and advantages of refined taste. For me, again basic white trash from Alabama, I had no such advantage and my understanding of all things fine and cultured has eluded me to this point in life. I will keep trying to see Mitsouko's beauty though, I owe it to her. So excuse me while I run to Tiger Mart and get some wine in a box.
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    Default Re: Can we guys really get away with wearing Guerlain Mitsouko?

    Mitsouko was also a favorite of Charlie Chalin.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jardanel View Post
    If it was good enough for Sergei Diaghilev, shouldn't it be good enough for you?

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    Default Re: Can we guys really get away with wearing Guerlain Mitsouko?

    I'm somewhere between the two extremes of "Wear whatever you want" and "No, ONLY Masculines!". While I certainly understand both camps, for myself I have definite lines in the sand and distinctions between masculine and feminine. That being said, there are certain perfumes with such iconic level of recognition, that I find really don't have a place on males skin in public. Mitsouko would be one of those.
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    I am with mtgprox on the lines in the sand, though mine are slightly further from shore.

    "Beautiful" I can do--it's sort of the whole point of this, isn't it?

    But "pretty", not so much--Caron's Le Troisième Homme being the lone exception.

    Mitsouko, in the lower concentrations, strikes me as beautiful but slightly prim, especially in comparison to the mutant fruity behemoths and watery-apple-violet-leaf concoctions that comprise much of the modern designer fragrance offerings across the gender divide.

    Perfectly wearable by a man in proper doses. I recommend the EdP.

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    No hang ups here. I wear a fresh green rose scent on a regular basis, and all I get are " Gosh, you smell good!" type of compliments from the galz. Mitsouko is positively butch in comparison!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    No hang ups here. I wear a fresh green rose scent on a regular basis, and all I get are " Gosh, you smell good!" type of compliments from the galz. Mitsouko is positively butch in comparison!
    I see your fresh green rose scent, and raise you a Lolita Lempicka in a purple and gold sparkly bottle.

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    I think global comments like "Men should not wear (fill in the name of a fragrance)" are frankly quite asinine and ridiculous.

    If you don't want to wear a particular fragrance, then fine - that is your prerogative. But what I wear or anyone else wears is none of your f'ing concern or business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I think global comments like "Men should not wear (fill in the name of a fragrance)" are frankly quite asinine and ridiculous.

    If you don't want to wear a particular fragrance, then fine - that is your prerogative. But what I wear or anyone else wears is none of your f'ing concern or business.
    In my posts about Mitsouko, I was not commenting on the feminine or masculine apsects of it, just the fact that it smells dated and IMO is not a attractive smell. If we can't debate what we think is feminine and masculine and what smells good or bad, or what is modern or dated, then what is the purpose of this discussion board. I agree it is nobody's business what we personally wear...but isn't discussion fun no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    In my posts about Mitsouko, I was not commenting on the feminine or masculine apsects of it, just the fact that it smells dated and IMO is not a attractive smell. If we can't debate what we think is feminine and masculine and what smells good or bad, or what is modern or dated, then what is the purpose of this discussion board. I agree it is nobody's business what we personally wear...but isn't discussion fun no?
    I don't think you made any comment like "no man should ever wear it" No?
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    I don't think you made any comment like "no man should ever wear it" No?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    Hug and a kiss...I am wiring you some flowers right now.
    Thank you sweetie.
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    Default Re: Can we guys really get away with wearing Guerlain Mitsouko?

    I believe that the get away with thing is in the brain, not in the smell. You can get away with wearing anything that smells great on you, marketed for man or for woman or unissex.
    I love mitsouko, it`s one of my dry cozy winter scents.

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    The more feminine a scent is, the more manly you have to be to wear it. That sorta doesn't apply on trashy high-school girls type of perfumes like Fantasy or pink sugar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    I was not as fortunate as good ole Sergei Diaghilev. He was born into wealth and knew early the need and advantages of refined taste. For me, again basic white trash from Alabama, I had no such advantage and my understanding of all things fine and cultured has eluded me to this point in life. I will keep trying to see Mitsouko's beauty though, I owe it to her. So excuse me while I run to Tiger Mart and get some wine in a box.
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    I took one sniff of it and ran (away). Gender marketing had nothing to do with it.

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    I wish I could get away with wearing Mitsouko. It is the only scent I have that my wife comments on, usually saying something like she can't describe how horrible it is. The last time I wore it she said "Never wear that again".

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    I recently purchased the current formulation EDP in the gold matte box but unfortunately this one turned into a hot mess on my skin, very sweet and flowery, not the least bit masculine in my opinion. Imagine the vintage versions are quite better than this ... offered full bottle to my Aunt who is 60+ and she said it smelled "too oldladyish"
    Been around for over 90 years so this is definitely an oldie but a goodie, just not my style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sal Paradise View Post
    I recently purchased the current formulation EDP in the gold matte box but unfortunately this one turned into a hot mess on my skin, very sweet and flowery, not the least bit masculine in my opinion. Imagine the vintage versions are quite better than this ...
    I wouldn't say that it turns into a hot mess on me, but the modern edp is indeed "prettier" than vintage. It's generally softer and has less teeth. Unfortunately.

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