Mitsouko by Guerlain vintage parfum C1988


Post by Portia


Hi there Vintage Frag Freaks,

You know I’m a bit of a Guerlainophile? Well, I rather like their work. Recently I picked up a little bottle of the parfum, used but still about 80% full, in the iconic bottle, only 7.5ml. Well I can’t stop dabbing it. It sits here on my desk and calls to me with its luscious sweet fruity dryness and what can I do but indulge?

Mitsouko by Guerlain vintage parfum C1988

Mitsouko Guerlain vintage parfum Jan 2016
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Jasmine, Rose
Heart: Peach, Rose, Clove, Ylang-Ylang, Lilac, Jasmine
Base: Oakmoss, Labdanum, Patchouli, Benzoin, Vetiver, Cinnamon

Tonight, quite late, I drew the bath and put some Radox Bath Salts in. About half way through the running I decided to add in 15 drops of Jo Malone Red Roses Bath Oil. Suddenly the room smelled unbelievable, deep, blood red roses, dry black tea and the crackle of split branch and wood. We are having an unseasonal summer cold snap so I made the water lovely and hot. An hour later I arose like an extremely obese Birth of Venus both clean and rosy, rosy skin and smell.

Jo Malone Red Roses Bath Oil

Having come back to my desk afterwards I had thought I’d wear Mohur or Ballets Rouges but instead decided to dab myself like crazy with Mitsouko. MMMMMMM I smell freaking amazing and the rosy underlay has definitely amped the rosy nature of Mitsouko and given it a whole new more austere and aloof mien than usual. It’s different but lovely, different enough to be a rose Mitsouko flanker and I for me the Red Roses adds a lightness and freshness that is very modern, is there a bunch of white musk under Red Roses? I’m getting them even if there isn’t.

Mitsoujko Guerlain Verschoren_Rose_Katja_1970 WikipediaWikipedia

Still Mitsouko but slightly changed, some air between the heavily constructed, dense, historic notes. An extra swish and zing from the 21st century yet still laid over the intricate, nuanced and slightly dirty grace of one of the most revered fragrances in the books.

Now I have applied a second layer of extrait over the same spots as before and the Mitsouko is pretty much back to normal now. Maybe because I have rose on my mind there is still a large overblown old fashioned fruity cabbage rose in my olfactory picture but the other notes like clove, peach, ylang and amber are much more prominent and noticeable. HA! Maybe I just needed more Mitsouko juice on my skin?

This morning, I wake up to the softest thrill of something not quite me above my skin. My guess is oakmoss and vanilla from Mitsouko and some white musks from Red Roses, it shimmers above my skin but is not really a fragrance. It’s the ghost of the memory of being fragrant.

Mitsouko Guerlain Winter's Morning in Somerset GeographGeograph

Further reading: Australian Perfume Junkies and Persolaise
Mitsouko can be tried at any department store with a Guerlain counter for FREE. Go spritz lavishly.
Surrender To Chance have vintage parfum samples starting at $10/0.25ml

Please tell us your Mitsouko story? I’d love to read it.
Portia xx


6 thoughts on “Mitsouko by Guerlain vintage parfum C1988

  1. Hi Portia, my Mitsouko story is rather new: I never tried Mitsouko before and half a year ago I got a sample of vintage Mitsouko from a parfumista friend and I liked it a lot, much more than Shalimar (forgive me all Shalimar fans out there). To me Mitsouko is greener which I prefer. I must mention the only Guerlain I knew back in the eighties and it is Chamade. It felt so ladylike. I don’t know how I would feel about it today…


  2. Mmm Mitsouko with rose would be perfect. I have 5 children and mostly brought them up alone – not a lot of extra money for perfume through the years until recently when I retired. I wore the same few loves for decades. Now my cabinet is overflowing with the things I put off all that time and sometimes I have too many choices, and maybe don’t think about those special fragrances as much. My eldest son, who is blind, was home from grad school this winter for a visit. He was reaching for something from my computer desk and stopped..sniffed..looked in my direaction and said “That perfume you’re wearing is this scent of my childhood, I love it.” Of course it was Mitsouko extrait I was wearing that day. =)


    • HA HA HA! Anything made last century is vintage because of the change in ingredients used.
      Don’t feel old.
      Portia xx


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