The newest release in the highly coveted (by me) and exclusive L’Art et la Matière line, called Myrrhe et Délires, Myrrh and Delusions, does not strike me as delusional, nor is it inducing any delusions on the part of the wearer so far.
Myrrhe et Délires was created in 2012 by Thierry Wasser and includes notes of grapefruit, black pepper, pink pepper, pear, myrrh, iris, rose, incense, licorice and patchouli.
Myrrhe et Délires opens sharply – a peppered grapefruit is not very inviting, since to me it is neither invigorating nor appetizing, but merely harsh.
Thankfully those jarring top notes soon dissipate and a softer heart emerges, where a well blended floral accord of iris and rose lies over a woody impression facilitated by myrrh and patchouli. A tender veil of violet covers the entire structure adding sweetness and a powdery aspect.
Myrrh et Délires is very soft and what I get most from it, is an idea of a texture, a feel (like soft, powdery suede), a color (greige), a presence. All very soft and unassuming, muted almost, but pretty.
Myrrhe et Délires wears close to your skin and lasts for about four hours on me.
While I can’t say I don’t like it, it is not one among the L’Art et la Matière line that I feel the need to invest in. A fact that is quite a relief actually. It has come so far that I am glad when I don’t like a Guerlain, since it is a welcome reprieve for my wallet.
I’m not sure if I find Myrrhe et Délires too shy and timid or tender and delicately lovely, it depends on my mood, I guess. In that sense it is almost childlike.
Innocent, sweet and not yet corrupted, but lacking in maturity and decisiveness.
Which is all fine for a child, but I prefer my perfume fully grown.