(I also posted this thread on Fragrantica)
I'm new to perfumes, still a baby perfumista, a novice.
Keiko Mecheri Ume is listed as a fruity chypre on Fragrantica. Do you think this is a fair summary? I've got samples of Badgley Mischka and biehl parfumkunstwerke pc02 here on my desk, both of which are also listed as fruity chypres and I am really struggling to find any similarity between Ume and the other two. Is Ume more of a woody oriental?
I'm intrigued by Ume and would like to sample perfumes which are similar, so at the moment I'm looking at plum-inspired scents and want to know if I should include other fruity chypres.
I find both the Badgley Mischka and PC02 sickeningly sweet, so much so that I almost gag every time I smell the PC02.
Finzi - welcome to Basenotes, baby perfumista ! You're in London so you have lots of places you can visit and try out perfume , lucky girl !
You could try these scents ......
Mary Greenwell - Plum
Feminite du Bois by Serge Lutens
Femme by Rochas
Camellia by Keiko Mecheri ( has the same kind of vibe as Ume ..to me )
Profumo by Acqua di Parma
Have you tried Mitsouko because she is the definitive fruity chypre .
Also if you can get to Harrods 7th floor - at the Haute Parfumerie- you could try The Party In Manhattan which is a gorgeous chypre . it's worth a sniff !
Edit : Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Cheri par Camille ( packs a punch , I've read )
I'm sure there is more ...it's early here for me - 7.41 am
Last edited by Mimi Gardenia; 14th March 2012 at 02:36 PM.
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Thank you both
Mimi Gardenia - your reputation precedes you, I think I heard about the infamous Mimi Gardenia the same time I first heard of Basenotes! So do you think that fruity chypre is an appropriate description of Ume? Does it fit that category? Will get up to Harrods this week to try The Party In Manhattan, as well as the others.
Last edited by finzi; 15th March 2012 at 12:38 AM.
I was wearing exactly Ume today. It does start very fruity, but then it turns darkly woody on me. I was wearing it from one of those samples from KM that come in the cute envelopes, and I noticed it says "vintage chypre" on the envelope. Are there two kinds of Ume, then? It seems that the modern notion of chypre includes a wide range of fragrances.
(I don't find it similar to Camellia, though. Ume has "character" and is bolder and darker. Camellia was a bland, non-descript floral. Have to revisit.)