Vero Kern is a much admired woman in Perfumeland. Many of us not only revere her creations – Vero Profumo – but also the woman herself. She is inspiring and exudes a joy for living, a happiness, a positive energy that, paired with her strikingly beautiful appearance and a sharp intellect, makes for a fantastic role model.
You might rightly infer from the paragraph above that I am a fan of Vero, the woman. I am also a fan of her work. Rubj, Kiki and Onda (Oh, Onda..) in extrait and the corresponding Eaux de Parfums are staples in my collection, and eventually I would like to own full bottles of all of them.
So I was very curious about Mito of course. The first new perfume to be released in five years, it was hotly anticipated by the fragrance community.
I was also strangely reluctant to try it though, maybe I didn’t want to be disappointed… And I have to say, I was right, Mito was not love at first sniff. But, as is my custom, I try perfumes again and again, and one evening I took out my Mito sample – and lo and behold: it clicked. I got it. I got it and I fell for it. Totally.
When I read the press material for Mito, what struck me most was Vero’s description of the gardens of the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, her inspiration for the perfume. She talked about the fountains, the cool water breaking into thousands of tiny mirrorlike drops that shine in the sunlight filtered through green leaves and white flowers.
That is how Mito opens – a burst of fresh citrus sparkling, alive, radiant and cool. Later the white floral aspect gains steam and on an evergreen bed of moss and galbanum the flowers bloom. A green, floral chypre, never sweet, never dry, it strikes a cool balance that evokes elegance and refinement. I am reminded a bit of Chanel’s Cristalle.
Mito evokes a place removed from time, outside of time, a haven, a secluded realm that is eternal, timeless, peaceful. Mito takes you into fairyland, where you are prone to forget time, forget your worries, forget your everyday, tired self.
Let Vero be your fairy godmother, who leads you to a place of stillness and serene beauty, a place to recharge. Be suspended in time, see your worries disperse in the clear air, like the tiny, glittering drops of water from the fountains, only to find yourself whole again in the reflection on the water.