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. 🙂 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.
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. 🙂
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. 🙂 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. 🙂
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. 🙂 I wouldn’t mind being bribed by this. 😉