Originally Posted by HORNS
There's nothing like an obsessive application of Western/European tastes by the Japanese, with no corners cut and no restrictions on ingredients.
It's an interesting place, for sure. I have two true "gourmand" colleagues (both older British gentlemen) and both of them really don't necessarily like Japan all that much, but have both said (independently) that some of the best european cuisine, pastries, etc. have been here. During the Meiji era, they imported european EVERYTHING en masse and kept up all the traditions. It's interesting that you'll find some tiny, random bread shop in the middle of a suburb that has been making bread the same way since some French chef taught the great-great grandfather in 1885.
Parfumerie was never as developed, because Japanese (at least in my experience) tend to associate deep/heavy smells with funerals and temples. So, most of their parfumerie is quite light (think DG LIght Blue, Bulgari The scents, etc.) That they've still got this one in production is surprising, because it's really quite stinky. Nevertheless, it is quite light and powdery, so perhaps that is what keeps the "DEATH" associations at bay.
It's also very reasonably priced (assuming you can find it)... 1300 yen or so (less than $20). Considering how hard Mouchoir is to find (and how pricey), it's a very decent alternative for the gentleman who wants to smell like lemons, talcum powder, and baby shit.