The year was 1919, when Jacques Guerlain created a fragrance to mark the end of the war. According to the legend, this fragrance was inspired by a story of impossible love between a dude and a dudette. Blah blah blah...
Fast forward to what is really important: top notes of Mitsouko ( we forgive the French for spelling foreign names wrong ) include citruses, jasmine and rose. Middle notes include lilac, peach, ylang-ylang and base notes include cinnamon, amber, moss and vetiver.
Olfactory group - chypre. Not too sweet, not too bitter, not too citrus-y, just really well balanced.
I have the EDT version, which is sharper than the EDP. I much prefer this one, however, because it is not as overwhelming.
For the first few minutes, you'd get spices and cinnamon - smelled from the distance ( says my boyfriend ). Up close - mostly mossy, earthy, green notes - something I don't recall smelling before in any perfume. The fragrance takes around 3 hours to settle down and then the peachy note emerges... ever so gently. But it's not the sweet peach you would expect, the one you get from most gourmand fragrances today. You'd still get cinnamon, but not the kind you'd imagine combined with coffee or wine. It's a refreshing, cold cinnamon, if you know what I mean...
With Mitsy, I realize my skin brings out the best of the base notes. I don't care much for jasmine and I don't smell it at all. Same goes for the lilac. They must be super well blended with the rest of the ingredients.
Mossy forests is what I envisage when wearing Mitsouko. I am very curious of how much I will enjoy this fragrance during summer.
So far, I find it really special, unique and certainly not for everyone.
What is your favorite chypre?