Vero Kern: Mito (or, please bribe me)

I don’t think there is anyone in our perfume community who after some time doesn’t start believing in synchronicity.
It seems each season, I have the same type of a problem. I want something new (to enjoy along some of my all time favorites) but I don’t feel like trying many things I haven’t tested yet looking for the perfect seasonal scent.
And then sometimes, they simply fall into your lap. πŸ™‚ Or, well, arrive in the mail.

After being offered the opportunity to try the latest Vero Kern perfume Mito, of course I jumped at it.

I might have guessed it would take a while to get us to know each other if I were to go by previous Vero Kern perfumes (Kiki, Rubj, Onda).

Notes: magnolia, citruses, champaca, jasmine, galbanum, hyacinth, cypress, moss

While checking for notes, I saw that this was classified as a floral and even though you cannot miss the florals, it still smells more like a (floral) grapefruity chypre to me. No wonder when you see galbanum, cypress and moss listed as notes.

For me it starts off green with a bitterish undertaste, helped along with citruses and cypress I guess, but I can’t help but think of the citrus in this as grapefruit. That is my idea of the citrus in Mito. And well, you cannot miss the galbanum in the opening. If you are wondering how exactly does galbanum smell like, try Mito.
But what you can miss and if you’re not careful and you blink (or don’t inhale at the right moment), you’ll miss the sweetness of mint playing hide and seek in there. You might seek after but it will be well hidden. πŸ™‚
The whole perfume is a game of hide and seek for me actually.
Try it once, and you would swear there is the greeness bolstered by citrus and kept fresh and serious until the end.
Try it again, and there is the sweet mint playing hide and seek, and the hyacinth is making you wonder if that is its trail you’re picking up when smelling some sweet powdery dryness in there.

And if you are trying to find the flowers, you will really need to play hard. Their hiding place is well chosen. You can hear them in the background but look as hard as you want for them, and they will elude you.

For some reason, I am trying to fit vetiver into this perfume. πŸ™‚ I don’t know why my mind goes, Is there vetiver in there? as it’s not listed in the notes (but then again, neither is the mint).
I realize my description might not be very helpful. πŸ™‚

After the beginning, the best I can do is say, the galbanum dissipates as do the citruses and the floralcy becomes more apparent  but in my case not as you might point, aha! I see you jasmine! (I do glimpse you though) but more in the line of true perfumery – the florals enveloped in the greenery.
They do have leaves and stems after all and are usually located in a garden…

P.S. As a little side note, Mito actually means “a bribe” in Croatian. πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t mind being bribed by this. πŸ˜‰

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19 thoughts on “Vero Kern: Mito (or, please bribe me)

  1. bloody frida July 10, 2012 at 23:24 Reply

    love this review, Ines!

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  2. Suzanne July 11, 2012 at 04:23 Reply

    Interesting, I get lots of lemon rather than grapefuit, and no mint, but I do experience the florals similarly as you: they aren't obvious but floaty, tucked away in little pockets here and there in the garden.Btw, I wouldn't mind being bribed with a little Mito either, Ines! Thanks for teaching me a new Croatian word … that's a good one. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Tatiana July 11, 2012 at 07:42 Reply

    I cannot wait to try this. Any ideas when it will be released to the rest of us, non-bloggers? I keep trying to find samples but have not had much luck. But with every passing review, my lemming grows larger!

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  4. Ines July 11, 2012 at 10:53 Reply

    Thank you bloody frida! πŸ™‚ It makes me happy to hear that.

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  5. Ines July 11, 2012 at 10:55 Reply

    Suzanne, I was wondering when writing this review if the reason I'm thinking of grapefruit is because there is an underlying bitterness to the perfume.As for mint, it really comes and goes in a blink for me – it could be just my mind conjuring it in there (wouldn't be the first time). ;)Glad you enjoyed my little Croatian side note. πŸ˜‰

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  6. Ines July 11, 2012 at 10:57 Reply

    Tatiana, the press release I received says it will be released in September and available at selected stockists (doesn't say which) for the price of 145 Euros for 50ml of edp.I can believe this one would cause lemmings – it really is good. πŸ™‚

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  7. tara July 11, 2012 at 12:10 Reply

    WANT! Good job The Candy Perfume Boy is going to kindly share a little of his sample with me becaue I don't think I can wait till it's released here in September. I enjoyed your take on it, Ines. It sounds like a fun game of hide and seek in garden coming to life during the spring.

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  8. Ines July 11, 2012 at 13:47 Reply

    Tara, that's great that TCPB will share some with you. πŸ™‚ Although have you thought about what will you do if you fall in love (and you might)? πŸ˜‰

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  9. Anat13 July 11, 2012 at 13:56 Reply

    Lovely review! Mito is fantastic; I hate that I only have a sample–I keep reaching for it and then deciding I need to save it for another day so I don't use it all too fast!

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  10. tara July 11, 2012 at 15:25 Reply

    I know! I've never spent that much on a 50ml bottle before so I will be faced with a serious dilemma if I fall for it. I can't resist trying it though, Ines! Oh well, we'll have to wait and see πŸ™‚

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  11. olenska July 11, 2012 at 15:52 Reply

    Lucky you. πŸ™‚

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  12. Asali July 11, 2012 at 23:43 Reply

    Ooh, a hide and seek perfume, I like:-) Hopefully someone wants to *mito* me a bit<3 Thanks for the picturesque review.

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  13. Undina July 12, 2012 at 08:23 Reply

    Great review!In Ukrainian "mito" means "tariff", "import/export tax".

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  14. Ines July 12, 2012 at 10:48 Reply

    Yes, I have the same problem. πŸ™‚ I'd love to wear it but I'm sorry to use up my sample.

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  15. Ines July 12, 2012 at 10:49 Reply

    Yes, I do feel lucky. πŸ˜‰

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  16. Ines July 12, 2012 at 10:50 Reply

    Thanks Asali.Little bribing wouldn't be amiss with Mito. πŸ˜‰

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  17. Ines July 12, 2012 at 10:50 Reply

    Thanks Undina! And now I know a Ukrainian word. πŸ™‚

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  18. Natalie July 13, 2012 at 06:10 Reply

    This is awesome, Ines. I am more and more wanting to try this.

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  19. Ines July 13, 2012 at 15:00 Reply

    Thank you Natalie. :)I see the blogging community is oding its best to put this on top of the lists of perfumes to try. πŸ˜‰

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