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    Question Who really likes Mitsouko?

    I just thought I'd throw this question "out there", out of pure curiosity. How many fans of "Mitsouko" by Guerlain do we have here?

    I'm asking because personally, I like it,and I think it's really kind of a sexy perfume.
    I find though that some people have a tendency to be really negative with me about me wearing this type of thing.
    I've had the comment from some people (who shall forever remain nameless) that "nice people" like things that are "sweet", and that preferring things that are kind of bitter is a sign of sociopathy, and other such scientifically unfounded nonsense. (Seriously, people are that negative with me sometimes. It's insane.)
    Of course that's completely ridiculous because Mitsouko isn't even "bitter." As I sit here smelling it on my wrist right now, it occurs to me that it actually smells a lot like savory, exotic spicy foods, which explains exactly why people always say it's one of the most compatible perfumes to wear in a restaurant, or to a barbeque, or during a meal period. There is a huge difference between savory and "bitter", people! "Savory" actually smells like something you would want to eat! "Bitter" is often kind of medicinal (or toxic) tasting, and like something you might not want in your mouth.
    Also, I want to say that I had an ex boss who loved "Fruit Explosion" muffins from Tim Horton's, which is one of the sweetest overload things ever. He was actually a horrible and slightly sociopathic person. So yeah, the idea that people who like sweets are "nice" people is complete BS.
    Anyway, I like some sweet perfumes too, so the idea that I don't is also BS. Read my reviews!
    Honestly, I kind of feel like some people are just overly negative with me over everything, and sometimes I just feel like it's an extreme case of sexism, and honestly, if I was a guy no one would ever say any of these things to me! I also feel like people who don't like "Mitsouko" just don't have a very sophisticated palette, and don't appreciate a lot of good perfume!

    So yeah, I was just wondering who else actually agrees with me? I get really sick and tired of getting slammed over my personal tastes all the time!

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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    To answer the thread question - my wife does - a lot.
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    Shoot -- what is going on over there in Toronto? People should mind their own f...ing business. Sound like a bunch of wise-guy bad mouthing assholes.

    Stick it out, Lady and keep wearing what you like -- it's an excellent, beautiful fragrance.

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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    A reference chypre - every BNer worth their salt should own a bottle

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    I love it and have worn it for years. Never had a negative comment on it.

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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    I'm meh about it. Sometimes I enjoy it. I've found I actually prefer the more modern rendition to the vintage which has quite a lot of oakmoss. I've learned over time that I don't really enjoy the classic chypre genre which Mitsy fits neatly into, might be sort of a flagship actually. I do like the peachyness of it so if the oakmoss were toned down I would enjoy it better. I do feel more comfortable with it in cooler weather, which we don't have much of in the desert.

    But I wouldn't worry in the least about the comments others have made, people have different taste and most people today prefer the fruitichouli and couldn't be bothered to appreciate anything with a vintage vibe.
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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    I rarely care to hear negative comments about my fragrances, so I rarely ask. Mistouko is on my list to sample, but there are so many versions. Ideally a 5-ml decant of the best version would make it's way into my sample collection.

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    The most recent version is better than some; my sample dated 1990 even better. It is a wonderful fragrance, a reference Chypre, head and shoulders better than anything being produced today. If people do not like this fragrance they have no soul. And by the way "nice people" are often boring, why do you want to be "nice"?

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    I love Mitsouko, my husband and son love it, and it's revered by many for good reason. I guess perhaps some people can react negatively if they smell something unexpected? I don't see anything wrong with bitter notes, sometimes a little bitterness really makes a scent interesting, like a good story. Please just wear what you like, Mitsouko is fabulous!
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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    I do! big love also for Jicky edp!
    let me know when you decide to throw in the towel...

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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    Quote Originally Posted by Francolino View Post
    I do! big love also for Jicky edp!
    I agree! Jicky FTW!

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    It is a special one for sure.

    I have the current parfum which has a beautiful luminous structure, and old bee bottle of the EDT in which I dissolved a small pebble of ambergris as I felt it was lacking a little something (it now has better longevity and it seems to have smoothed out some of the harsh edges). Lastly I have a large 4.2 Oz vintage bottle with a hard case which has slightly wonky top notes for a minute then gets very spicy and mossy all swimming in what feels like a desert spoon full of real ambergris.

    The very specific memory which Mitsouko brings to mind for me is a harvest festival at a church I was part of as a young child.
    Incense, polished wooden floor, specially baked bread in the shape of corn wreaths and various fruits.

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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    Sugar and spice and everything nice? Are people getting their education from nursery rhymes?!?


    Now I need to resample Mitsouko. It just struck me as kind of old school and I don't get along with oak moss.
    Personally I think my wife smells great in bitter, dry, woody, smoky scents.
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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyDragonFire View Post
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    I also feel like people who don't like "Mitsouko" just don't have a very sophisticated palette, and don't appreciate a lot of good perfume!

    So yeah, I was just wondering who else actually agrees with me? I get really sick and tired of getting slammed over my personal tastes all the time!
    I find it ironic that you don't like "getting slammed" over your personal fragrance taste, yet are quick to slam my personal dislike of Mitsouko. I don't like it, never have ... and yet I doubt very few would ever say that I don't have a sophisticated palette OR say I don't appreciate good perfume.
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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    I love it dearly now but it was definitely an acquired taste. Took me a few tries to appreciate it, and now I wouldn't want to be without it.

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    It is an excellent perfume.

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    I bought Mitsouko EdT at a local Dillard's, where it was sold in both the men's and women's fragrance departments [not a comment on the fragrance itself, but I found that interestingly progressive for a shopping mall department store in Kansas]. After reading all the BN hoopla, and Luca Turin's rave, of course I had to have a bottle. So far I'm kind of liking it, not quite loving it. I also bought a bottle of the EdP version that I found at a good price online, thinking I might like it more in a stronger formulation. Well, maybe. My problem with Mitsouko: I get a strong milky accord. Strange, I guess, since I don't recall seeing that in many descriptions of Mitsouko. Have to say, I'm not that fond of going around smelling like milk. I'm pretty sure that's just an odd reaction on my part, probably an unusual read on the peach accord. In any case, I keep breaking out the Mitsy, trying to get what everyone is raving about. It's maybe working for me. Maybe it will grow on me over time.
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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrcologneguy View Post
    I bought Mitsouko EdT at a local Dillard's, where it was sold in both the men's and women's fragrance departments [not a comment on the fragrance itself, but I found that interestingly progressive for a shopping mall department store in Kansas]. After reading all the BN hoopla, and Luca Turin's rave, of course I had to have a bottle. So far I'm kind of liking it, not quite loving it. I also bought a bottle of the EdP version that I found at a good price online, thinking I might like it more in a stronger formulation. Well, maybe. My problem with Mitsouko: I get a strong milky accord. Strange, I guess, since I don't recall seeing that in many descriptions of Mitsouko. Have to say, I'm not that fond of going around smelling like milk. I'm pretty sure that's just an odd reaction on my part, probably an unusual read on the peach accord. In any case, I keep breaking out the Mitsy, trying to get what everyone is raving about. It's maybe working for me. Maybe it will grow on me over time.
    Yeah, I like Mitsouko too, but I fully admit it's not for everyone. It's a very unique fragrance, and it's not like anything modern. It's really, really a fragrance of another time.However, as I said, it is an older style type of scent that I actually really enjoy. And yes, it is definitely unisex. Being put in both the men's and women's fragrance section is exactly right for "Mitsouko." Most of Guerlain's original, classic line is like that actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    Sugar and spice and everything nice? Are people getting their education from nursery rhymes?!?


    Now I need to resample Mitsouko. It just struck me as kind of old school and I don't get along with oak moss.
    Personally I think my wife smells great in bitter, dry, woody, smoky scents.
    "Mitsouko" definitely isn't "sugar and spice and everything nice." That's "Chant D'Aromes." I love that one too BTW, possibly more than "Mitsouko."

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadesofbleu View Post
    I find it ironic that you don't like "getting slammed" over your personal fragrance taste, yet are quick to slam my personal dislike of Mitsouko. I don't like it, never have ... and yet I doubt very few would ever say that I don't have a sophisticated palette OR say I don't appreciate good perfume.
    That's okay. I think I was kind of in a bad mood the first time I posted this. I can understand how "Mitsouko" is not everyone's cup of tea. The first time I tried it I was kind of like, "what is this??" I agree it's definitely an acquired taste. I liked it more after a few tries.
    I agree with everyone's posts here actually.

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    I have the parfum extract which I've done my best to try and like, but just isn't me, I think it's the combination of the peach and probably the oakmoss that doesn't work for me? Despite this I recognise it's importance in perfumery. I also recognise the fact that anybody can wear whatever they like.

    I think that bitterness is not a bad thing in either perfume or indeed food and drink, I can sometimes tolerate ale (I'm not much of a drinker) which has many different variations of bitterness depending on which one you're drinking.
    Just look at the number of people who love Sweet and Sour food? Sour on it's own is quite the mouth constrictor, but paired with Sweet? Another matter entirely.

    I think people can be odd concerning perfume that you like to wear, you should have heard my mother when I showed her the bottle of Eau de Baux that I'd just bought at the Duty Free. She squawked, really loudly, 'it's for men!!!!!' causing everyone nearby to turn round and look. *No Mum, it's a smell, you either like it, or don't*

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    Love it, in every concentration, and resent that hot weather prevents me from wearing it more often. I like that the sweet is transient and tempered with that foundation of spicy, bitter and earthy. As for sociopaths liking bitter, I call made-up bollocks.

    To me, it's like the difference between white and dark chocolate. White chocolate is sweet and bland, and the vast majority of people will like it on first bite, starting from earliest childhood. But it never gets any better than that first bite, and while pleasant enough, doesn't have much to it and will never be anything more to it but over-sweet vanilla. Whereas very dark chocolate is bitter and complex, with a variety of nuances and flavours to explore, most people on first taste are going to pull a face and think it's too bitter and strong, but they'll come back for another go, and after the learning curve to appreciation, it's a million times more rewarding than the white chocolate will ever be.

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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    I love Mitsouko. It used to have a bitter cast in vintage formulations that included full-bodied oakmoss, but no more - still, it is not syrupy sweet, even in its present incarnations. It has a bold structure that gives some people pause, and it's definitely different and instantly recognizable - but to equate bitterness (as in the vintage chypre category, Mitsouko leading the class) with psychopathy - well! I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

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    I don't like it. In fact I really don't like it. I do have a bottle which was given to me in a gift and I do smell it occasionally. I just instinctively dislike it. I have been known to describe as it a sour old thing with a mean streak, like the "Whatever happened to Baby Jane?" of the Fragrance world.

    Each to their own.

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    Even though I love it, totally see the Baby Jane comparison. God knows I've occasionally called Mitsouko bitchy and obnoxious when it's hot to wear it.

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    I find it very relaxing. Perfect scent to do tax returns or other focused work like writing threatening Christmas cards. Just kidding about the latter.

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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    I've got a sample which I've tried a couple of times but not keen to be honest. I can make an effort to smell it afresh, as though it had just been invented, and then I like it better. As soon as I relax it flips back to being 'old lady'. It's not horrible, there are just such a lot of things I'd rather wear. And it may be partly just the way it smells on me. I'm quite impressed by people who do like it - after Turin/ Sanchez I feel they're probably more initiate...

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    I admit that I have Mitsouko in the EDP and parfum (2009 version). It's not for everyone, and I have to be in the mood for it.

    That said, I do like it.
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    Mitsouko is practically perfect. I am sick of the hypercritical, offense industry! Now you can be labeled not "nice" if you don't wear Pink Sugar all the time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zibeline View Post
    Mitsouko is practically perfect. I am sick of the hypercritical, offense industry! Now you can be labeled not "nice" if you don't wear Pink Sugar all the time?
    Not at all! Who said that? No one should be labeling anyone because they like, or don't like, a fragrance. I really like bitter chypres but I just don't like Mitsouko. I actually smelled it as recently as Saturday (the current one). I'm sure that given Mitsouko's huge and enduring success she can do without me!

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    I don't think bitter is necessarily bad, either in perfume or in food. Coffee and dark chocolate are bitter. I don't think Mitsouko is particularly bitter, but I'd say moss has a bitter fragrance. And I don't think Mitsouko smells like it should be eaten.
    It's up to individual interpretation, but I don't find Mitsouko sexy (which has nothing to do with the wearers, who may or may not be), it's more effortlessly chic to me.
    I like it and have always since I first got into perfume. I've never had complaints when I've worn it but some people think women can only smell like fruity shampoo, cotton candy or pale florals that remove any complexity from the actual material.
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    Default Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    What ever you like is the right choice, always For what it's worth, I wore an older PDT version of Mitsouko on Sunday and it was superb.




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