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    Tott,thank you.
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    I love the poetry she is inspiring in many of these descriptions... she is such a work of art, to be interpreted and felt so variously and deeply.
    So true for me,too!Especially the variously part-not just in our interpretation of the scent molecules themselves,but the responses it evokes.Think of the lovely generosity of Ratfink leaving it to her mother and of knit_at_nite persisting in the struggle for 20(!) years.How romantic to have won Mitsouko's heart after that!Bravo to those of you who won her over on first try!
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    Mitsouko is to fragrance as the Mona Lisa is to painting; a truly priceless work of the fragrance art. She is seduction, she is mystery incarnate.

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    Welcome aboard!
    It hit me when I was using the extrait for the first time; how really perfect this scent is.
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    Welcome to the club! Yes, as Quarry said, it took me years of trying to understand what the heck everyone was raving about. But I didn't like oakmoss back then, so all I got was bitterness and peach air freshener.
    Now, I love the oakmoss, and I wear my Mitzy perfectly happily... as long as I'm in the mood for peaches! Nowadays that's the aspect that occasionally bothers me.

    I still have to admit that I prefer Jicky because it's more 'me'. Though now Mitsouko has been mentioned, I think I might just have to make it my SOTD.
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    Wordbird,I hoped I'd hear from you after Quarry's post!It's so nice to know I'm not the only recent "convert".That peach note really is tricky,isn't it?
    [QUOTE=Wordbird;1956549]

    I still have to admit that I prefer Jicky because it's more 'me'. Though now Mitsouko has been mentioned, I think I might just have to make it my SOTD. [/QUOTE
    This thread has made me want to try vintage Mitsouko,retry Samsara and I'll now add trying Jicky to that list.I've been reading on it lately and it does sound very "me",too.I'll be hitting up TPC very soon!
    I have been helped so greatly in my understanding of Mitsouko by all the responses here;all of your opinions,stories and poetry are wonderful.Now,when I wear Mitsouko,I will always think of this thread and my fellow Basenoters.I hope someday soon some of you who are still trying with her will be able to post back here that Mitsouko likes you,too!


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    I've just tried it again and...it still makes me sad. An immediate mood killer for me. One of those fragrances I appreciate but just can't wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgie View Post
    I've just tried it again and...it still makes me sad. An immediate mood killer for me. One of those fragrances I appreciate but just can't wear.
    So funny you should post this;that's EXACTLY what I would have said before(and that I smelled like poo!)It made me downright melancholy.Something happened on Saturday,though,I sniffed it and all I thought was "That smells,well,pretty!".I finally got that sun-dappled,sparkling quality I've always found in chypres.Still not sure how often I will wear it;I have such a casual lifestyle and this seems for my personality more for an "occasion".How nice that we can appreciate things that aren't always for us,it can only expand our horizons.
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    @Perfumed Lady: Well. at least it doesn't smell like poo to me, so there is much hope left!
    It does flip a melancholy switch, though, and just sampling it has changed my mood, slowed me down. I"m convinced I have a lost, sad memory linked to this fragrance.
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    Isn't it wonderful for a bauble from Daisy Gatsby's dressing table to be so loved and treasured today? I can hear long gone voices and laughter, tinkling ice cubes, rustling silks.....

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    Jicky is more "me", too. I had to go spritz Mitsouko after reading this thread, too! I don't hate it (mine is edt with tree moss) but it definitely flips my melancholy switch, too. Weather conditions and locale have to be perfect for this one. The clove bothers me - maybe that's due to the formulation I have. I do admire that flip-switching ability. To me, that is its genius, and I get it more in Mitsouko than L'Heure Bleue.

    Quote Originally Posted by reine View Post
    Isn't it wonderful for a bauble from Daisy Gatsby's dressing table to be so loved and treasured today? I can hear long gone voices and laughter, tinkling ice cubes, rustling silks.....
    So you get haunted Mitsouko as well.

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    @PerfumedLady,

    My 1 oz '70s Shalimar extrait arrived today! Which was incidentally obtained after a bidding war with 12 other bidders...but went under the hammer for a surprisingly reasonable $68.

    What a cure for a banged-up back from the night before!

    The resinous, velvety richness....the dense smokiness!

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    Domperrier,YAY!I'm so glad it finally clicked with you!I don't mind the current formulation,but I know women older than me who have much more experience with pre-1980's vintage than I do,and they mostly feel the new Shalimar is too "lemon custard" compared to the vintage.I agree it did used to be much more resinous and incense-y.You're grabbing some fantastic deals,so no need to feel like you can't use it up!There's much more vintage Shalimar out there to be had,so enjoy!Now you see why I fell in love so easily with it.
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    Mitsouko is, so far, the only Guerlain I enjoy. It was my first blind buy and I, too, was blown away at first sniff. Mitsouko has an air of dark melancholy for me, though. It's not one of my top 5 and is very powerful on me, which is usually a good thing... but I feel like this one ought to be a little more subtle. My bottle is 1980s edt, and I'm not one to engage in bidding wars, so once it's gone, it's gone. Still, I like knowing I have it.
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    I'll come out of the closet: I don't like Mitsouko. The modern eau de toilette, which is the only formulation I have been able to get my hands on. I had a large spray at Schiphol before I left for the states, and... mweh...
    I will keep trying then
    I am nuts about chypres and oakmoss... Maybe that's it. No more oakmoss...

    btw, The big perfume shop at schiphol has a lot of Amouage testers! They are all at the bottom shelf, you really need to look for them, but once you found them you can spray freely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfumedLady View Post
    Domperrier,YAY!I'm so glad it finally clicked with you!I don't mind the current formulation,but I know women older than me who have much more experience with pre-1980's vintage than I do,and they mostly feel the new Shalimar is too "lemon custard" compared to the vintage.I agree it did used to be much more resinous and incense-y.You're grabbing some fantastic deals,so no need to feel like you can't use it up!There's much more vintage Shalimar out there to be had,so enjoy!Now you see why I fell in love so easily with it.
    I can't believe how vintage Shalimar extrait is so leathery!It should be lumped in the same category as all those leather scents like Cabochard & the Cuir de Russies.

    Except that maybe the 'leather' note comes from an overdoes of resins, and not a deliberate one.

    The '90s EDP & parfum are tame shadows compared to this dusky lady!
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    Quote Originally Posted by domperrier View Post

    Except that maybe the 'leather' note comes from an overdoes of resins, and not a deliberate one.
    I've always thought it came from that,combined with the iris as it dries down.I remember when I was younger being so impatient for that drydown!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfumedLady View Post
    I've always thought it came from that,combined with the iris as it dries down.I remember when I was younger being so impatient for that drydown!
    I'm applying it yet again today for the drydown too!

    Powdery and surprisingly sweet!

    Thus, this oriental wonder has nudged Chanel No. 19 out of 3rd place, just behind LHB & Mitsy in 1st & 2nd place respectively.

    Glad we love each other's favourites!
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    Congratulations perfumed Lady! It's so nice to begin to love a fragrance that you didn't get from the start. I don't love Mitsouko but I like it more now after three years. I think other fragrances with oakmoss have made this happen: Vie de Château and Hasu-no-Hana comes to my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by domperrier View Post

    Glad we love each other's favourites!
    Me,too-now we are truly scent opposite twins!

    Novis2007-thank you,and I haven't tried the fragrances you mention-I'll have to check those out too!
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    I concur with Tott - the older extrait holds a lot more interest. The newest version has been cleaned-up too much for my taste.

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    Hi Perfumed Lady, I totally, grok this experience. Had something similar happen four years ago and wrote about it in this thread
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/189......?highlight=
    Had to dig it out after reading yours! But I am 48, so you got there a decade earlier than I did!
    Mitzi - what a vixen she is!
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

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    Rtamara41,thank you so much for posting that link!I searched the forums before I posted because I was certain there must be one like this,but guess what happens when you use "Mitsouko" as your search keyword?!That's right-the results go on for days!I went as far back as 2009 before I went cross-eyed!I'm so glad you did dig it out-I'm interested in all the personal stories I can find on this one,and I LOVE that thread title!Sure does sum it up quite well!Reading through the posts on this thread,I have come to the conclusion that Mitsouko must discriminate on something other than age,as many of these posters fell in love with her while they were still so young.Maybe we had to be into mid-life before we were woman enough(or man enough in many cases) for her!
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    I had the same experience. I tried it every year around Mother's Day at my local Filene's (R.I.P.) Always got the same result: very sour and bitter. None of the goodness anyone described in reviews. This was the edt, I believe. When I tried it again at Sephora, I think, it was everything everyone said it was. I don't reach for it often as the two bottles I bought @ NYC fragrance district are the reformulated edt. Would really love to try the vintage parfum, edp and edt...

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    I find it strange and fascinating that reactions are so varied with the same individuals over time. What is that about? No other perfume has quite the same effect, I guess.
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

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    Catching up on posts right now... PerfumedLady - thanks for the compliment ! - I will take all I can as I get soooo few ! *LOL*
    Mitsouko - I got her right away - it was love at first smell and an love affair ensued . It never really went away though I stopped wearing Mitsouko for some years ( part of an emotional ,spiritual 'melt down' I went through ) . I can say I will never stop again - so intrinsically part of me - no other perfume can replace her though I love many.
    I read somewhere that a good perfume is one that you don't totally understand - I can go with that.
    I don't understand completely how Mitsouko evokes such different reactions in people or her 'hold' on me and I guess that is a sign of a truly great perfume.
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    I absolutely agree with Mimi Gardenia. As her name in Japanese infers, Mitsouko is a "mystery" that is constantly revealing, yet never fully revealed.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi Gardenia View Post
    Catching up on posts right now... PerfumedLady - thanks for the compliment ! - I will take all I can as I get soooo few ! *LOL*
    Mitsouko - I got her right away - it was love at first smell and an love affair ensued . It never really went away though I stopped wearing Mitsouko for some years ( part of an emotional ,spiritual 'melt down' I went through ) . I can say I will never stop again - so intrinsically part of me - no other perfume can replace her though I love many.
    I read somewhere that a good perfume is one that you don't totally understand - I can go with that.
    I don't understand completely how Mitsouko evokes such different reactions in people or her 'hold' on me and I guess that is a sign of a truly great perfume.

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    Yes, D - a perfect name for a perfect perfume.
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/370...o-Profumo-Onda
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    You're welcome,Mimi!I hope you do always keep Mitsouko in your wardrobe-you look like the sort of woman who would wear it well,even as a casual everyday scent,which I'm still not sure I can pull off.I feel so under-dressed when I wear it with my jeans and tees but I'm not sure why!I am happy to report that this mystery of a fragrance does still like me!I've been wearing it on and off since my original post and still no barnyards,spoiled fruit or hauntings(except by the replies to this thread,which I love!).Now I can understand it's place as the Mother of All Chypres!
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