Myrrh is one of those notes that I adore but it’s not an easy note to wear. Myrrh can be very acrid and bitter. Sometimes it’s cold, like in Serge Lutens La Myrrhe (one of my favorite perfumes). Other times it’s like waxy black licorice. And sometimes you get a whiff of myrrh that smells like the exhaust of a semi-truck. Of course, myrrh will also remind some people of church/mass.
It’s officially autumn here. It hasn’t really felt like it, but it is. I’m so ready to stop wearing summer clothes and my summer fragrances. I’m ready for amber and incense. Atelier des Ors Larmes du Désert is an amber and incense perfume that is satisfying all my olfactory cravings.
Larmes du Désert (“tears of the desert”¹) is a resinous fragrance. It opens with frankincense and myrrh with a hint of evergreen sap. It’s dry and balsamic with a glimmer of citrus. Under all… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Precious Liquid is a new brand of perfumes founded by wife and husband (Geo, a model turned entrepreneur and Richard Herpin¹, a classically trained perfumer). The perfumes are labeled as if they are single note/soliflores but they are more complex than their names imply. Precious Liquid encourages layering of their scents. There’s an option to buy fragrances in a set, 3D Set², so that you can layer as you please with perfumes that were built to work with one another. Or you have the option to wear them… Continue reading | 5 Comments
I’m a quirky one. A few years ago, I decided that I was only going to wear “red juice’¹. I purchased samples of all the perfumes that I could find with a red liquid. this resulted in me having a nice collection of myrrh-centric perfume samples. You can’t tell it because the bottles are beautiful opaque porcelain, but Huitième Art Myrrhiad is a red perfume.
I’ve tried a lot of perfumes so I don’t mind giving recomendations. I actually love giving perfume recomendations because it makes my weird obsession appear useful. One popular request is “Can you recommend a perfume that smells like church incense?” I always find this entertaining because my interaction with “church incense” is extremely limited. I’ve been to church twice in my life. Granted, both times were at an Eastern Orthodox church and there was incense but I don’t remember too much other than smoke and chanting (I… Continue reading