Guerlain Myrrhe et Délires is the newest edition to the exclusive L’Art et Matière Collection. There’s really not much myrrh in it, so if you dislike myrrh, don’t let the name of this perfume scare you. The myrrh reads as black licorice to my nose. And the only thing about Myrrhe et Delires that gives me delirium is the price. But, I do enjoy this fragrance.
Myrrhe & Délires opens with gentle citrus and a beautiful, peachy osmanthus. Because of the bergamot and the osmanthus, the top seems a bit like osmanthus Earl Grey tea. I get a hint of iris and black licorice candies and faint smoke in the distance. The heart is classic Guerlain rose-violet mixed with a bit of camphoric patchouli. It’s almost candy-like with powdered sugar. The dry-down is warm tonka, vanilla and powdery incense. The overall feeling of this perfume is that it is dense and “chewy” but very soft and “fluffy”. It’s Guerlain’s version of a “skin scent”. It reminds me of velvet.
Notes listed include bergamot, grapefruit, osmanthus, pear, jasmine, rose, violet leaf, patchouli, incense, tonka bean, vanilla, myrrh and licorice. PERFUMER – Thierry Wasser
Give Myrrhe et Delires a try if you like not-so-literal gourmands or if you like perfumes like Prada Candy, Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille, Guerlain Insolence EDP, Dior Homme Intense, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, and/or Bvlgari Black. This scent is sold as unisex but it seems more feminine to my nose because of the powdery sweetness but if you wear Dior Homme Intense or Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille you can easily pull this one off.
Projection is average (below average for a Guerlain) and longevity is above average. It does wear close to the skin.
Myrrhe et Délires retails for $235 for 2.5 oz at Guerlain Boutiques and Neiman Marcus.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Guerlain’s take on licorice and powdered sugar – sweet and powdery floral gourmand. It’s a soft fragrance, especially for Guerlain. I do like it but I feel it would have been a better mainstream launch at a lower price point. It’s a Prada Candy competitor and we all know we can get that for under $235.
And tell me that I’m not the only one that finds the Guerlain “exclusive” collections less complex than the regular line-up.
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