As you probably managed to notice, there are some perfume notes that are challenging to me. I tend to dislike them, avoid them because in most cases they smell on my skin in the same, rather not pleasant way. But once in a while I go out of my comfort zone and give a try to the perfume that I would normally neglect just because the notes suggest the perfume isn’t for me. Even more seldom a situation occurs when taking a risk is rewarded by discovering a pretty fragrance that is an exception from the rule. Guerlain Myrrhe et Delires is such an exception for me.
Myrrh is the note that marks the opening of Myrrhe et Delires. It brings the balsamic tones right from the very beginning, but at the same time the scent that it gives is very gentle, soft and elegant. It doesn’t hit you in the face but rather wants to wrap its hands around you and give a big hug. In envelops the wearer in a very sympathetic way. After 15 minutes the myrrh becomes a bit more spicy and warm but on the other hand some dry and restrained sweetness starts to appear in the background and soon it comes closer to the front. It’s the licorice accord that brings this kind of specific sweet vibe which is a little bit earthy and dusty. Luckily it doesn’t give the aroma of black gummy sweets, I never liked the smell of those. After a while Myrrhe et Delires start to change.
After around 45 minutes the first impressions of burning start to dissipate from the surface of my skin. The smoky feeling arises, having the aroma of fire eating the myrrh lumps, the licorice roots and turning the earthy-smelling patchouli leaves into ashes. The smoky, burning sensation is present for around 30 minutes. After that time it becomes weaker and it subsides at some point. Guerlain Myrrhe et Delires is still smoky and balsamic but now it also gains some different elements.
Funny how abstract it smells when you combine the scent of balmy myrrh and warm spices with the juicier aroma of bergamot and grapefruit. In result you get a weird concoction that smells warm and acidic and dusty. The first association that I get with this particular phase of the fragrance development is the old attic – it hides some secrets and mysteries under a thick layer of dirt and dust. Later on Myrrhe et Delires reveals its floral side. There’s some rose but it’s not oriental in style. It smells more fresh and light. Because of the osmanthus accord which appears shortly after the rose, you get the feeling like you were smelling a cup of rose tea.
The way this perfume progresses makes a little loop when we’re taken back to the patchouli accord. It smells dirty and dusty, earthy but dry and it has that leafy vibe that I’m not really fond of. The incense note brings more contemplative and spiritual elements to this composition. The fragrance becomes a bit colder and reserved in character. It’s kind of alluring and repelling at the same time.
Violet leaf smell which appears later is responsible for the feeling like Myrrhe et Delires was being watered down, as it brings the crispiness with watery facets and ozonic touch. Soon enough the feeling disappears and tonka bean, accompanied by the Guerlinade bring together the impression of both warm and spicy tones. Somehow the sweetness appears again on my skin, but this time it’s not like the licorice from before, more like some caramel or lollipop. I know, that’s the weird feeling. At some point I was able to realize that I’m smelling vanilla, but it was weirdly dusted and powdery. In the drydown a bit of jasmine was present as well.
What can I say about Myrrhe et Delires by Guerlain. As I explained in the introduction to this post, for a long time I was avoiding this perfume because there was “myrrhe” in the name. As often as myrrh becomes a burning plastic on my skin, this particular perfume (and few others) didn’t have that effect on my skin. Instead I smelled the balsamic tones and smoke. And some honeyed facets too. What is really great about this fragrance composition is the fact that it’s not very strong and it stays rather close to the skin, yet through the course of your day you can occasionally smell this perfume on yourself. Isn’t that something nice.
Myrrhe et Delires is a perfume created in 2012 by Guerlain’s in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser. This fragrance is a part of L’Art et la Matiere (eng. The Art and Material) collection which is exclusive to the house boutiques and high-end perfume stores. The glass flacon has the capacity of 75ml, in the box you will find a bulb spray atomizer and classic atomizer with trigger, you can exchange them easily as the bottle has a screw-on top. On my skin the perfume had moderate sillage and 8-hours-long lasting power. I’m positively surprised by this fragrance.
PS. In case you didn’t realize, this funny word “myrrhacle” should be read as “miracle”.