The Swan – Review: Huitième Art Myrrhiad

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.

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24 Responses to The Swan – Review: Huitième Art Myrrhiad

  1. I’m with you on Myrrhiad. It’s very nice, but there are many other more interesting myrrh perfumes that it doesn’t really wow me.

    Still, it is very nice.

  2. lady jane grey says:

    Over the years it became more and more difficult to knock my socks off perfume-wise – respectively, these days my socks are more often moved by perfumes, which were here with us for ages already (see Jicky…). For me that’s the revelation of the last few years of my perfumania.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Sooner or later, I think we all seem to come to this stage where it all looks like been there, done that. But the great classics and the few really great new scents stand out.

  3. Dionne says:

    Being newer at this I still get my socks knocked off from time to time, but even at my slower pace it seems like a lot of perfumes get a rating of 3, which means essentially: nice, just…. nice. In my head I refer to it as “the dreaded 3” because these perfumes leave little impact, don’t move me to loving or hating, they just kind of sit there.

  4. deeHowe says:

    Why does it tickle me so that you live near a lake with hundreds of swans? The Loony Tunes version of the Blue Danube has entered my head, and it will not leave (I loved it so much as a little girl!).

    Here is a rare moment when faint praise has not put me off— perhaps it’s that wacky bottle that I love so much? I cannot get enough of it, and I am determined to love something from the line so that I can own one 😉

  5. flittersniffer says:

    I loved your comment about “not knowing many swans”! : – )

    As a regular reader of OT, I would say that your socks are blown off – or ruckled round your ankles at least – fairly often by the perfumes you select for review, so it is quite significant when you are underwhelmed by a scent. I liked this one, but I must say the licorice note bothered me. Which apparently is not even in the composition, but a “chimera”, however, as chimeras go, it seemed pretty prominent to my nose!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Normally I only review the sock rucklers, but some new releases are worth a look, I think, even if I am underwhelmed.
      Funnily enough, I didn’t get much of a licorice note at all, chimera or not, but then I like licorice, so it doesn’t register negatively maybe…

  6. Undina says:

    I still haven’t tried a single perfume from this line (I will, I promise!) but I really liked your review for this one. It made me smile 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you. I am not particularly taken with the whole line, I must say. (Can’t say the same for the creator though.) 🙂
      But there are a few nice ones.

  7. lemonprint says:

    What a lovely review, fair and evocative, and that all for a perfume that was rather underwhelming! Thank you for sharing it.

    My brain has a hard time with this line and sentences like “the ninth perfume from eighth art”. I can’t sort out – are there eight or nine? Numbers shouldn’t be in product line names!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you! 🙂
      I can deal with single digits, so Huitieme Art is fine with me. 😉
      But Hustoires de Parfums with their dates, too many numbers by far…

  8. Philipp says:

    I sampled most of the HA and Myrrhiad is the one I liked the most. I still have half a decant left for next winter, since I have not yet made up my mind if it is full-bottle-worthy.

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