Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh was what the three wise men brought to the baby Jesus in his manger. They were the most precious gifts of the time and although that may have changed over the centuries, I still would be happy to be offered either. A bit of Gold by Amouage for example, Frankincense I’ll take from Laurie Erickson and I’d welcome a little myrrh out of the capable hands of Pierre Guillaume any day. (Or anything he’d care to give me, really…)
Myrrhiad was created by Pierre Guillaume in 2011 and includes notes of myrrh, black tea absolute, vanilla and licorice.
Myrrhiad is the ninth perfume in his new line that launched earlier in 2011. Huitieme Art features eight other perfumes with very short notes lists. Expect reviews of the entire line in the coming weeks.
I was expecting a lot from Myrrhiad. It is known that I like resins a lot, and admire PG as a perfumer, so I wanted to be bowled over by Myrrhiad’s beauty.
I was not bowled over. Myrrhiad had a hard time living up to my expectations, I guess. But what got to me the most, was that Myrrhiad, from the very first whiff, is so very familiar. I know this perfume and it holds no surprises, that is what my brains wants to tell me.
That is not to say that Myrrhiad is not pretty, because it is. It smells something like this… (Please listen to the video below, while reading on!)
If you never before smelled a perfume of this kind before, you will be excited and probably fall in love. For those of us familiar with one or another myrrh, labdanum, amber, vanilla centered perfume, Myrrhiad doesn’t add much that is new and different to the genre.
It smells warm, cosy, comforting, comfortable, is highly wearable and lasts for a long time with slightly lower than average sillage.
Other than that it leaves me slightly at a loss. Nothing inspiring comes to mind, I don’t mind wearing it, but I don’t crave it and I didn’t miss it, once my sample was empty.
Myrrhiad is beautiful, like a swan gliding over still waters – a single swan, mind you! I happen to live near a lake where there are dozens, even hundreds of swans. That does slightly take away from appreciating their beauty.
If you don’t know many swans, Myrrhiad might make you very happy.