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.
Sounds like my kind of thing after the grapefruit opening! Anyone who wants to put a prominent grapefruit note in a perfume strikes me a little deluded, but that is just my opinion. ; – )
Hahaha, I like a good grapefruit (Pamplelune!), but here I could have done without.
Oh, and I just spotted licorice (eek!) in there, plus a rogue comma in my comment above.
The comma is gone, the licorice stays unfortunately. 😉
It’s very fleeting on me, mere two hours after applying it disappears entirely and leaves behind only memories about something very fine and pretty…
p.s. I didn’t get the shap start, but I dabbed it (as opposed to spraying)
I can imagine the harsh start to be subdued when dabbing, but two hours is definitely not long enough for something so pricey.
No, it’s not. Thankfully !
I have to say that none of you are selling this to me, which I have to say is something of a relief. Love the name though…
It is a relief, but only in the financial sense unfortunately… 😦
I’d like to find a myrrh perfume to love, but this doesn’t sound like the one. It doesn’t help me that this note is so often paired with licorice, but grapefruit is even more off-putting. I’ll give it a try though next time I’m at Harrods/Selfridges though because it is a Guerlain after all. I’ve done very well at resisting a full bottle from L’Art et la Matière line but I know what you mean about being relieved at not wanting this.
You should definitely try it in any case. I’d be curious to hear your opinion.
I revisited it today (well, drenched my wrists in M&D !). I have quite an ambivalent relationship to licorice and I have to tell you Tara, I get a lot if there…
I have a sample of this on its way to me and I really I hope that I think it’s a nice fragrance but not full bottle worthy, after all I think I have enough new Guerlain bottles on their way to me. LOL. 🙂
I don’t really think you will be falling hard for M&D, but if you do, you have a great Guerlain splitting track record, I believe. 😉
Like I need any encouragement 😉
Andrea, I’d love to know what you think about M&D…
This is one I probably won’t bother sampling, but I enjoyed reading your take on it, and that photo is darling!
You won’t miss a lot… (disclaimer: I could be totally wrong of course.) 🙂
I liked Myrrhe et Délires from my sample dab vial enough to buy a 5 ml decant. Now I’ll see if I still like it. Based on our “track record” there is a good chance I still will 🙂
Of course there is! When it comes to L’Art et la Matiere we don’t really see eye to eye (but we still love each other, don’t we? 😉 )
Definitely! I’ll take Cruel Gardenia and Myrrhe et Délires, you get Tonka Impériale and Spiritueuse Double Vanille, we’ll split the rest – and nobody will get hurt 😉
Oo whats up with Myrrhe et Délires ?? It really has appalling longevity for a Guerlain. And in fact for “myrrh” itself, which is usually amongst the most tenacious of notes. Very suspect ! ~ And one L’AELM frag that is therefore terribly overpriced ! ~ Expected better from the big G.
It is definitley the one L’Art et la Matiere fragrance I don’t need… 😦
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I sampled this Guerlain today and it left me completely cold. It is nicely done, I concede that, but it did not struck a cord in me. Oh well, money saved I guess.
If a perfume doesn’t touch us, it is money saved indeed. Well, onto the next one, there is so much out there to explore…
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