We Three Kings Blogging Project: Myrrh
When asked to participate in We Three Kings, I automatically knew that I wanted to write about my myrrh of choice, Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente (Passionate Myrrh) from the Les Orientalistes Collection. I like Myrrhe Ardente because it is a comforting scent, verging on gourmand because of the sweet notes of tonka and steamy beeswax. Myrrhe Ardente is passionate. It’s voluptuous. The Goutal Sisters were inspired by 19th century Orientalist paintings of romanticized “exotic”, voluptuous bathing beauties (I’m thinking something like Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres “The Bath“). I love the Orientalist Movement and I think that Annick Goutal as a house did an excellent job with Les Orientalistes Collection.
OK, so this myrrh isn’t very Christmasy, but it is indulgent. That’s Christmasy right? I typically like myrrh in fragrance because I like incense scents. Myrrh is a sacred scent for all of the obvious reasons. Well, not some reasons not so obvious for non-Christians. Thank you, Wikipedia! Myrrh is also associated with death since ancient Egyptians used in the embalming process which always fascinated me. It’s used in traditional Arabic and Chinese medicine. I was always told to sprinkle it on my toothpaste as a kid. Move over Colgate! Anyways, what I’m getting at is that most myrrh heavy scents have a “dark” feel to them. But, Myrrhe Ardente doesn’t have that morose or a sacramental feel. Myrrhe Ardente is warm and sensual…indulgent. It’s one of my favorite skin scents to wear in the fall and winter.
When I wear Myrrhe Ardente, I can’t stop sniffing myself. This is a “me” scent. It’s a really simple fragrance, but done very well. Les Orientalistes collection is meant to be layered but I haven’t done any of that yet. I can see this one being fun to play with. Myrrhe Ardente opens up as myrrh, slightly medicinal but I sniff that in many Annick Goutal openings! This medicinal quality is nice, effervescent but not very prominent. (I’m thinking this is what some people see as the A&W accord, the effervescent and medicinal myrrh). The medicinal myrrh sort of reminds me of oud. It fades and one is left with a creamy myrrh resin…pudding. Like if myrrh was mixed with a burnt vanilla cream and a little bit of booze, amaretto. It wears creamy with faint smoky resin and woods steaming, like a Turkish bath. Even the beeswax in this blend appears to be steamy, rising from cream. I see Myrrhe Ardente as a steamy fragrance instead of smoky. It’s warm, like towels fresh out of the dryer!
Notes listed include myrrh essence, tonka bean, benzoin, myrrh resin, guaiacum wood, vetiver, and beeswax absolute.
Like I said before, Myrrhe Ardente isn’t “innovative” (it’s from a collection designed to be layered!) but it’s well done. I love it because it wears so wonderfully on my skin. It’s effortlessly sensual. But, sometimes it reminds me of a dryer sheet, which many of the modern skin scents do at times. Does anybody else have that issue? I see this being a scent for people that like creamy modern woods fragrances/skin scents or scents like Solange Cosmic, Estee Lauder Sensuous, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, Calvin Klein Euphoria, and the other Annick Goutal Orientalistes fragrances.
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Don’t forget to check out the other perfume blogs participating in We Three Kings. Thank you Redolent of Spices & Scent of the Day for putting this together. It has been fun!
Product picture from Lucky Scent. Painting Jean-Leon Gerome “The Grand Bath at Bursa” 1885 from www.paintingclassics.com