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Embrujo de Sevilla (1933)
by Myrurgia


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Year of Launch1933
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Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Fragrance & Personal Care
Parent Company at launchMyrurgia

About Embrujo de Sevilla

Embrujo de Sevilla is a feminine perfume by Myrurgia. The scent was launched in 1933

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Myrurgia – Embrujo de Sevilla (1933)

Myrurgia Perfumery was established by Esteban Monegal Prat, a Catalan sculptor who lived from 1888 to 1970.

The actual business named Myrurgia was established in Barcelona, Spain in 1916, and was a family business founded by members of the Monegal family.

The company's name Myrurgia was created from the Greek words for "essence" and "industry". With the combined efforts of wealthy chemical industrialist Raymon Monegal, his money, marketing skills, and the artistic talents of his son, the sculptor, Esteve Monegal Prat, their partnership helped to build the company into the successful name that we know today.

This major Catalonian company produced perfumes, cosmetic and toiletries. They won a Gold Medal in 1925 Paris Exhibition.

Thanks to perfumista and collector, Alexandra Star, for the above historical information on the House of Myrurgia.

Released in 1933, Embrujo de Sevilla is described as a woody and spicy fragrance for women. In Spanish the name loosely translates to 'Bewitched or Haunted by Seville'. The perfume was created by Jean Carles, who was also responsible for such masterworks as Tabu and Shocking.

Top notes: Mandarin, Lemon, Neroli, Bergamot, Strawberry, Peach
Heart notes: Carnation, Rose, Lilac, Heliotrope, Jasmine, Rosewood, Lily of the Valley, Ylang Ylang, Iris
Base notes: Sandalwood, Ambergris, Tonka Bean, Vetiver, Cedar, Patchouli, Civet, Tobacco, Leather, Benzoin, Vanilla

There is great intensity in the initial whiff of citrus upon first application. The sweetness of the neroli compliments the tartness of the lemon and bergamot. I don’t detect the Strawberry, nor the Peach. The spicy rose and carnation are supported by six other mixed florals, none of which I can detect, the over all density of which is incredibly rich.

With eleven elements in the base, encompassing woods, resins, animalics and roots, we have a beautiful blending once again with no one element obvious to the nose. I get neither the leather nor the tobacco (two of my favorite notes), but no matter, the whole projects a warm spicy floral with faint woody elements, that is subtle, laying close to the skin.

Another Myrurgia success in my book. I have sampled and love their Maja, a rich and resinous floral chypre resembling Lanvin’s My Sin. Embrujo is one to seek out and, fortunately, the vintage parfum still has a presence on the internet.

24th August, 2017
Bewitched and dazzled...

Embrujo de Sevilla does not need a review. It needs a poem that only a compatriot of hers, with his heart ablaze of passion, could write. It needs an ode to praise her eternal beauty, or an elegy to lament that this beauty is forever gone. Something like the immortal words of Federico García Lorca, that sound as if they were written for this beauteous Hispalense...

"Then I realized I had been murdered.
They looked for me in cafes, cemeteries and churches
... but they did not find me.
They never found me?
No. They never found me."

Shortly afterwards our "handshake" which left me breathless, and after finally managing to put myself together, I got angry. I kept looking at the Lilliputian sample and asking: "Why did you do this to me? I was happy without you! I was happy in my ignorance! Now I'm obsessed! Now I have to have you at all costs! Now I must have a Spanish mistress, to send her search all over Spain for you! And if I'm not good enough for Spanish ladies, then I myself must move to Spain and dedicate the rest of my life gathering as many bottles of you as I can find!" But the little vial gave no response. It just sat there, showing the slight indifference that someone who is fed up with compliments usually shows.
But levity aside, what on earth is this? How could something so beautiful elude me for so many yeras? This devastating Spanish charm is one of the very best perfumes I have ever smelled. It succeeds so greatly in making it possible to enclose time, in this case the past, in a bottle, that it bends reason. It's so dreamy and so nostalgic, that for a while I was not sure if I would be able to even start writing a review about it. I doubted I could find the proper words to speak of how it speaks to me. But then she appeared...It was like a beautiful yet melancholic apparition of an once breathtakingly beautiful Spanish enchantress who slowly materialised in front of me, and started to tell me stories. Stories about how there was a time when men were drawing knives for her dark eyes, in the cobblestone alleys of Seville. Stories of how young artists, desperately and secretly in love with her, were singing passionate cantes jondos in Peñas Flamencas, about the way her raven hair shone under the bright Andalusian sun. Stories about how the flutter of her dress made men in taverns order one more glass of sherry, every time she passed in front of them during her Sunday strolls in Plaza de España.
This is elegance. This is passion. This is art. This is Perfume! If someone had to have a perfume as a reminder of what perfume truly is, Embrujo de Sevilla would be the only one needed. And if someone asked me "What is perfume?", this is what I'd give her/him to smell. It seems that the spell this sorceress has woven around me is slowly making me losing my mind...
The most difficult adversary to beat is not the one who attacks either your body or your mind. The most difficult adversary to beat is the one who attacks your heart. And this particular one had my heart shackled and on its knees within seconds.
I never thought that there would ever be a perfume which would seriously doubt the first by far place that Opium holds in my heart all these years. I thought that it was already too late for such a thing to happen. But this bewitching Doña of yore is making eyes at me from the very first moment I met her. And these eyes do not forgive.These eyes are the ones to be lost in and never be found again. Ever. Y madre de Dios, ellos son tan muy hermosos...
16th July, 2015
I had searched high & low for this discontinued fragrance by Myrurgia, my luck paid off recently with large unused full bottle of the cologne. Everything about this perfume is understated from the unusual design of the bottle/flask to the traditional fresh citrus opening of early 20th century colognes. Top hesperidic notes of mandarin & lemony verveine are followed with a soft spicy carnation and rose heart interspersed with hints of lilac, heliotrope & jasmine drying down to a base slightly reminiscent of mown hay, a touch of civet and the creamiest east Indian santal imaginable. I do not detect any leathery quinolones or tobacco resin in this lesser strength of the perfume although the dry down is persistent lasting for several hours. I believe the extrait is a great deal more carnal & exotic than my sample, the search continues for this holy grail of early Spanish perfumery.
21st September, 2011
Embrujo de Sevilla is an incredible leather, with tobacco (as it seems to me) and flowers. More floral than Tabac blond, less "dirty" than Lanvin Scandal and deeper than Chanel Cuir de Russie, it is an unknown masterpiece made by Jean Carles, the King of parfumers. Nowadays , it's very difficult to find, but it's worth a try! This is another work of Jean Carles, at the same period that he was about to make Tabu, Canoe or Shocking...
03rd September, 2011

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