I have been working on this non-review on and off for almost a year now, and since I realized things are not changing at least for now, I decided to finally get it together and post it.
Mitsouko is arguably the most important and best known perfume in the world of Perfumistas, in the real world I believe that spot goes to Chanel N°5. And – I’m speculating here of course – while we all revere and admire this iconic scent, many of us have their issues with actually wearing it.
Created by Jacques Guerlain in 1919, Mitsouko includes notes of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, neroli, peach, rose, clove, ylang-ylang, cinnamon, oakmoss, labdanum, patchouli, benzoin and vetiver (according to osmoz.com). Bergamot, Peach, Jasmine, May Rose, Spices, Oak Moss, Vetiver, Wood is another notes list I found.
Obviously Mitsouko has been reformulated, and not only once, in the long time since its inception. And unfortunately, I have no way to comment on that, my non-review pertains to the currently available Eau de Parfum version.
So why do I insist on calling this a non-review? To protect myself, to be honest. Perfumes like Mitsouko not only have fans, but those fan(atic)s are often staunch ideologers who are not afraid to go to war if their icon is damaged in their eyes.
So, I will refrain from actually reviewing Mitsouko, in the hopes of keeping the peace.
I have tried and tried to like Mitsouko. Not only because it is considered a master piece by so many, but also because I know myself to change my mind over time, familiarity breeds love and many perfumes I abhorred are now among my favorites.
Not so Mitsouko (at least for now). All I get is damp cellar and hot swamp. My nose is, for some reason yet to be determined, not able to smell the fabled peach, to smell any floralcy, nothing. All I get is the swamp. And I can’t find it in me to like the swamp.
I almost see the stones flying at me from all directions, and isn’t that Luca Turin over there throwing his book at me?
Well, all I can say (and very sad and dejectedly too) is that I am just not her type. Guerlain asks a clear question here, and I’m afraid I have to answer in the negative.