Mitzah is another sample the generous and lovely Dee sent me.
I comes at an opportune time, since I am into exploring amber fragrances right now, since my fortunate reconciliation with THE amber, Ambre Fétiche.
I am not enchanted with the Dior exclusive line for several reasons. First, there is no Dior boutique in Vienna. Second, the huge 250ml bottles make me cranky. There is no need to elaborate, I think you all get my drift.
Mitzah was named after Mitzah Bricard, a stylish Grand Dame who acted as Christian Dior’s muse throughout his career.
When I first applied Mitzah I thought – I know this. It has an instant familiarity about it, as if it is an old aquaintance. It smells like every amber fragrance I ever smelled. There is L’Eau d’Ambre, there is Ambre Fétiche, a little Alahine, there is even a little Ambre Sultan and a pinch of Epic, all served with Chanel-esque elegance with a nice Guerlinade-like softness.
Dior cannot re-invent the wheel of course, but there is too little of an independent soul in Mitzah to make it unique, too many references come to mind, too much instant recognizability for elements the credits of which must finally go to other perfumes.
Don’t get me wrong, I really like Mitzah, it is beautiful, wearable, has good sillage and lasts for a good while. I would be happy with a bottle, but I would not buy that big vat Dior offers. So many perfumes are so very similar.
It might be a great choice if your collection lacks that type of perfume totally, then you have it all in one (big) bottle. For better sorted collections, Mitzah just turns out to be a bit redundant.
On the other hand, Mitzah has really grown on me, I have drained my decant in record time. It is exactly that familiarity that is both detrimental AND at the same time what makes it so alluring.
Lovely, no doubt, but not only a little unoriginal. I somehow doubt Madame Bricard would have approved.