Hey there A Bottled Rose, It’s a Mood Scent 4 week. WOO HOO! This month the crew are looking at Frankincense and Myrrh. It was Esperanza’s idea and I think she may have been spurred on by fabulous Christmas scents. So many have one of the other note mixed with a seasonal hit of spices and vanilla. These are not a duo I’d spent much time thinking about as a team, except in reference to the Jesus story. It was really interesting to note how much I like the combinations, whether as main roles or bit parts.
Can’t wait to read about your favourite Frankincense and Myrrh fragrances in the comments too. You needn’t have both in each scent, that’s just a way for me to narrow the playing field.
Mood Scent 4: Frankincense and Myrrh
I went to Fragrantica and looked up the perfumes tab, then hit Search By Notes. Two searches: Myrrh & Frankincense, Myrrh & Incense. WOW! It was surprising how many fragrances I had with myrrh and one of those. Maybe 25 or 30 perfumes. Much more than I expected. Also, some of the perfumes I really thought would be in the mix weren’t. The way I winnowed the selection back to six was by trying to give you a real cross section of styles, hefts, availability and main notes. Not all of them use the title notes as front runners. The one thing that I wanted for this post was that the perfumes I talked about were already full bottles in my collection.
Also, I bought the Surrender To Chance Frankincense and Myrrh Sampler recently. There will be a post on Perfume Posse about it later this month, my faves may change as I work my way through that sampler too.
24-09-11 by Hilde Soliani
Mainly an amber fragrance as deliciously cozy and warm as you’d hope. The incense and myrrh add a churchy smoke and resins factor. There is also a softly hay like, dried grass that keeps the whole fragrance from being two dimensional. When I first tried 24-09-11 it was one of my very first eye lollingly glorious scents. It took my breath away with its beauty. Long DCd, I don’t think it was a popular perfume in the line.
Interlude Black Iris by Amouage
The only really new bottle in my collection including the two main notes. Interlude Black Iris has that dark woodsy/oud facet so prominent in the male oriented niche world. It is overlain by some lovely dry iris/leather but if you sniff closely above the amber depths you may note the resins, not as leading players but as part of the chorus that uplifts the fragrance. Interlude Black Iris is a MUCH easier wear than its parent and quite close to some of the better designer releases.
Mandragore Pourpre by Annick Goutal
I confess to being totally surprised that frankincense and myrrh are in Mandragore Pourpre! The zingy citrus/mint/pepper opening is one of surprise and delight for me. It’s incense and myrrh are lost (to my nose) in the powdery amber base that is soft and largely unremarkable compared to the top notes.
Sancti by Les Liquids Imaginaires
TBH I think my nose reads Sancti much different to most other people. The top notes and heart are largely ephemeral for me. My whole experience is about the resins, smoke and spice. Basically sitting in church as a kid for one of the smokier Roman Catholic rites (was it called Benediction?) is exactly what I smell. Fortunately here it’s not nearly so choking or droning. Sancti has a lovely airy space between the notes, like arriving an hour or so after the mass.
Trayee by Neela Vermeire Creations
Trayee is a beautifully woven silk rug with myriad ingredients and facets. Its sweet, fizzy opening and smooth spicy herbaceous heart have an underlying resinous beauty. Cool incense and creamy resins give the whole scent a glow and shimmer but lift the base particularly. It’s so hard to parse individual notes from such seamlessly blended perfection. Trayee, is Trayee, is Trayee. Itself and no other.
Wazamba by Parfum d’Empire
Wazamba is a queer fish indeed. Ostensibly an amber but one with so many bells and whistles that they make the whole fragrance an adventure. Incense is king here. Cool and ready in the top, dark and smoky in the base. That seems to be the only certainty in any wear of Wazamba. Sometimes the fruitiness plays a leading role, sometimes the various woods and sometimes the dry rasp of fern. The resins themselves are variable also. They may seem citrus, smooth, smoky, crunchy and caramelised on different days. Today, as I wear a large dose of Wazamba it seems like a smoke filled library, dry, dusty and peaceful.
Please share your Frankincense and Myrrh faves