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Discovering the smell of myrhh

No one ever said learning was easy. Interesting, yes, easy, no. I mean, it all feels like it is entereing your brain easily enough and you understand everything, but a week later, it seems half of it is either hidden someplace in your brain you can’t reach, it has disappeared completely.

This is how I feel about perfume world at the moment. It seems I will have to cover some grounds over and over again before it settles completely in my mind. And stays there for years to come.

After sampling labdanum last week (and falling completely in love with it), this week it was time for myrrh. I didn’t choose this randomly, it coincided with the fact that one lovely swapper sent a small decant of this and I decided to see what will happen when I sample it while trying myrrh original.

Now, honestly, I kind of got lost a bit. I kept thinking I might fall for the both original myrrh smell (based on my experience with labdanum) and following that path, that Myrrhe ardente was going to be a new autumn addition to my perfume wardrobe. You can probably guess where I’m going with this. 🙂

The original myrrh initially smelled like I just entered the paint and varnish shop. My guess was that varnishes obviously must contain some type of resionous material (which is kind of obvious now in retrospect, but then I was just surprised). So, I opened my little book and went to check what is myrrh supposed to smell like: warm, ambery, aromatic, mossy, resinous. Yeah, I totally got the resinous – aromatic part. 🙂 I kept wondering about warm, ambery and mossy though.

A day later, I could find traces of amber, and then finally, I got the mossy part. Only, to me it smells exactly like an autumn walk through the woods with fallen leaves, moss and the smell of fungi. Anyway, when compared with Myrhhe ardente by Annick Goutal, it comes as strong, aromatic and fungous and MA pales in comparison.

The notes for MA: myrrh, benzoin, vanilla, tonka bean, guaiac wood, honeyed beeswax, vetiver.

Straight off, I couldn’t find the original smell of myrrh in MA. 😦 The other thing was, I smelled it without having a list of notes, so I was guessing what I was smelling. Tha t was kind of daunting, but it turned out, I wasn’t so far off the base. Yeey for me! 🙂

I thought the beginning was a woody smell tempered with slightly floral and camphorous smokiness (guaiac, benzoin and vetiver perhaps). Thinking I should be able to smell myrrh from the booklet’s description, I got hints of amber and probably clove because it was sth that was shrill to my nose). The drydown was in the end ambery, leathery and I thought I smelled cedar, but now I see the notes, it was probably a combination of the notes that gave off that smoky, earthy, sweet-woody feel.

In the end, I can’t say I didn’t like the myrrh, I find it complex and hard to wear but intriguing. I thought Myrrhe ardent was going to be stronger and harsher in the manner of the original, but I guess if you’re not smelling the straight myrrh, it is probably quite strong in its interpretation of myrrh.


It seems that lately this is the note I come across most often as interesting, hard to define, and not being able to distinguish. I swapped with Carol from WAFT by Carol and got DK Labdanum (which I loved) and after that, labdanum started appearing everywhere (it probably just seemed so to me). And everytime it appears in a perfume in a somewhat large amount, I like the scent. So, yesterday finally, after trying one of Boadicea scents and finding listing of labdanum, I came home and took out my Coulisse de parfums to try the original scent.

OH MY GOD! Is there a variant of this in a perfume bottle? Because if there is, I need it – badly. Very badly. 🙂 Btw, if there was any variant of this Labdanum in Boadicea’s Complex, it never reached my nose. Being new to the world of perfumery, my guess is there are probably variants of the Labdanum which might not all smell the same. This one is Rockrose Labdanum and it’s absolutely wonderful. It smells sweet, slightly medicinal to me (herbaceous – most medicine I had when I was a child was herbal, so now I tend to associate the two) and ambery-boozy. The booklet that came with the coffret described it as floral as well, but I have to admit, I didn’t get any floral. Today, my little strip did start emiting slightly leathery whiffs, but I still can’t get any musk. Hmm. Maybe because I still do not really know how musk is supposed to smell…?

Anyway, if anyone has a suggestion as to something that smells pretty much like the labdanum from the Coulisse, please share. 🙂

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osMoz Les coulisses du parfum

For those of you who are not yet aware that I am a total beginner, this post should make it clear. 🙂 I mean it’s been only a bit more than a year that I have consciously started my perfume journey, reading, ordering, sampling, swapping… I already have so many samples and decants at home (and I only just began) that I just can’t imagine what amount is that going to become in a few years. 🙂 Honestly, I’m not bothered about the amount, I’m bothered by the fact that I don’t have enough time to try them all anytime soon and keep good notes on them. Oh, well, I’ll get there eventually (or at least half way there). 🙂

So, in the light of learning as much as I can, I ordered one of the Coulisses du parfum from osMoz and following my perfume bent recently, I decided that the one I’ll spend money on is going to be Volume 3, Legendary woods and resins. Unfortunately, although I got it on Friday, I still haven’t had time to properly sniff any of the scents.

Has anyone tried any other volume? I can’t wait to see if after smelling them I’ll be able to recognize those notes better (for some I still don’t have a clue what they might smell like).

They come with this interesting brochure that I leafed through and found to be quite informative. Now, I don’t feel like ordering the other two as well if there is someone out there who would be willing to swap samples of other volumes? Please contact me if you are interested.
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