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Rated 5 out of 5 by Inventress Guerlain Mitsouko Parfum When I was first introduced into the world of perfume, I found very few scents I truly liked. With time, I learned to appreciate the simpler compositions, fruity florals first, then florals, then florientals, and after that - the rest. Chypres, however, were always difficult for me. After having experienced several scents and taken them apart in my head, the many-layered compositions were the ones that I appreciated the most. When I became confident in my ability to discern quality, I went to test older fragrances and came to the chypre genre. What I didn't like in chypres before is what I appreciate in them now. They can be bitter, moody, melancholic, heavy, sharp or even piercing. They are an acquired taste. Enter Mitsouko. A fragrance with all of the chypre attributes. It is sharp at first, heavy until the drydown, and melancholic and bitter throughout. It is like a full-bodied, dry peach Chardonnay. The scent is woody, earthy, and chilly, like a winter wind through taiga. The progression retains these qualities, but the peach, oakmoss, and vetiver combine with spices for warmth. The scent is a bit too dark for spring and summer, but will be complementary to the cold of winter and autumn, leaning more towards the latter. It is suitable for both day and night. Mitsouko lasts about 10 hours and hangs around the wearer, but not too close to the skin. Once the parfum softens in the drydown, I feel very at home with this scent. It brings to mind the change of season between autumn and winter, when almost all of the red and gold leaves have been ripped off the branches by the biting wind and there's frost on the grass in the mornings. I feel like the parfum concentration Guerlains that I have tried so far are generally too heavy, and I will be looking forward to trying Mitsouko Eau de Parfum, as well as that of L'Heure Bleue. Actually, I can't wait. March 23, 2014