A few years ago when I first bought the book Perfume by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, I made it my mission to try and test all the five-star fragrances. There were so many scents in there that I’d seen for years and never really tried. Of course I didn’t love all of them as smell is such a subjective thing but at least I was open to trying new things.
Missoni EDP cops a five-star rating in the book. For almost that reason alone I bought a 100ml refill bottle from the Estee Lauder staff shop when it was marked down to $20. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it in any stores and it’s not for sale on StrawberryNet so I’m not sure if it’s been discontinued.
It’s totally not my thing. My thing is spice, vanilla and woods and Missoni is all fruits and foods and florals. It has that same strawberries and hay sickly feel that Marc Jacobs’ Daisy has – in fact, it’s like Daisy to the power of 10. Missoni is an incredibly strong fragrance and not one that disappears in a hurry. According to Fragrantica the notes include Gianduia chocolate (milk chocolate with hazelnuts), bergamot, mandarin, spicy orange, magnolia, peony, wild rose, sweet Japanese apple, pear tree and amber.
I got a couple of compliments while wearing it, mostly because I think it was so strong that other people could easily pick it up. I got used to wearing it and only really wore it on weekends, but often I felt like I was drowing in sugar and couldn’t escape the smell. It is a reasonably unique fragrance, certainly when it was released in 2006 there was nothing else remotely like it, but unfortunately it’s not one for me. If you like Daisy though, hunting down a bottle of Missoni won’t be the worst thing you spend your time and money on.