Myrrhe et Delires
(Guerlain) became a summer favorite for me so I decided to pick up a bottle. A lot of people have criticized it for not being a balsamic Myrrhe bomb - citing PG's Myrrhiade as preferable - and that's all very well but I tend to look what a perfume is, rather than what it isn't. This one has what I perceive as a bright almost ginger opening that works really well in the heat, that then settles into an upbeat hint of myrrh. Altho not dense or powerful, it evolves nicely over time - it has staying power without recourse to nuclear musks etc.Granville
(Dior) has been a favorite since its release (my third bottle - finally found a 250ml) and it has a terrific outdoorsy pine and herbal garrigue character with a sense of the oak moss holding it together - even with the minimal amount currently permitted.Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route de Madagascar
(Guerlain) is the limited edition sequel to the 2010 Ode. This is one has a denser vanilla, almost smoky, and hearkens back to earlier incarnations of Shalimar. That said, I prefer the 2010 for some reason - the space Wasser created to feature the two vanillas in the first one was just plain gallery worthy.Ubar
(Amouage). I figured a 50ml would do the trick - I have been circling this one for a couple of years so let's see. It has the potential to join Sous le Vent, Granville, L'Heure Fougueuse as a staple but time will tell. I imagine this is the 'lesser' Ubar since it is a new bottle, but still excellent regardless.
Missed the photo-op but I also received a bottle of Cuir Oranger
(Miller Harris) this morning which I am enjoying - it has a familiar lived in feel redolent of other leather / chypre fragrances of a certain era, and the orange rind vibe up-front is great.