If you're like me, you grew up wondering 'Just what is Frankincense and Myrrh, and why is it an appropriate gift for a new born?"
This scent smells like an archetypical myth. The ones where the hero must journey into the abyss, to a place where nothing grows, nothing is hoped for and nothing can be had. And from this place the hero must retrieve what he came for: that which is most precious.
This is why it's a gift to new borns, because infants, who have no olfactory library to reference, sense this and know "Ah, this I remember!"
That said, how does RM's version hold up? It's good, quite good, and I give it a 8 out of a 10. i would like to see more longevity, but I do think that the price is reasonable for the quality. worth trying, but if you are a serious collector of attars i would look towards the Orient, as Westerners tend to take more liberties with their archetypes.
Regina Harris has created a bit of magic with this dark syrupy oil concentrated inside a jewel treasure of a bottle. The opening smells like rich coffee in the combination with myrrh, spices and rose. A slight enrichment of frankincense follows to add some serious weight to the light rose. Rose hides behind the myrrh, frankincense, sandalwood, and spices. Similar to Profumum Santalum and MPG Santal Noble, Regina Harris Frankincense-Myrrh-Rose Maroc is a warm myrrh heavy sandalwood warmed slightly by rose.
The bottle design as a tiny arabian treasure and the fragrance as a perfume oil instead of alcohol based scent are very nice marketing ideas that present this fragrance as a very special treasured oil. Expensive, yes, but it is worth the price to own this bit of magic in a bottle.
12th April, 2009 (last edited: 21st August, 2009)