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    Compiled from the Note Identification Project thread:

    Myrrh, India, Soma Luna, tinctured – Nutty, woody, with a strange latex undertone.

    Myrrh tincture: warm woody resin

    Myrrh - Definitely the best myrrh sample I have smelled. Perfect "latex" note on top of a sweet, nutiness. My own homemade myrrh resin did not tincture up as nicely as this. Anone who wants to know, difinitively, what myrrh smells like, this is it.

    Myrrh, natural crystals, origin Somalia, tinctured in ethanol, ratio approx. 1:1 in volume. These crystals were another story - much harder to crush and didn't dissolve well. In fact, there is still quite an amount of "sand" in my tincture. Almost unscented in its un-tinctured state, myrrh was a great satisfaction . It reflects what I identified as the myrrh note in perfumes. Moist, earthy, almost leathery, with just the tiniest spicy aspect, but also luminous and golden. As I always stated, it reminds me of freshly picked and sliced mushrooms. After having experienced the real thing, I can say that the best and truest myrrh note I have smelled is in Serge Lutens La Myrrhe.

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    Myrrh is a resin, and the three forms I have encountered are resin tears, tincture and essential oil, which I think was resin in a solvent. I have never heard of myrrh absolute, but that doesn't mean it won't exist somewhere in the world.

    Other than that, I'm not certain what you mean by "other" myrrh. Can you be more specific?

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    really want to like mhyrrh, but i find it so medicinal, I haven't learnt how to use it yet, so i will diulte it down and experiment

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    Myrrh extrait, Essentially Me: Not particularly sweet but leathery and dry instead, largely dominated by an unbecoming latex-like aroma.

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    could someone please describe the smell of myrrh to me? thanks

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    This short thread might be a good place to start: Myrrh.
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    Myrrh smells like itself.

    I could describe it - dusty, medicinal, resinous, slightly bitter, dark, sharp, astringent, cooling - but really, myrrh smells like itself. The two best ways of experiencing it are:

    1. Get some raw myrrh resin and burn some.

    2. Find some myrrh essential oil and smell it.

    Both aren't too uncommon. The resin is smokier but sweeter; the essential oil more medicinal and slightly ''rubbery".

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    A little bit sweet, resinous, gummy, and almost but not quite edible smelling.

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    violin and bow rosin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugandaraja View Post
    Myrrh smells like itself.

    I could describe it - dusty, medicinal, resinous, slightly bitter, dark, sharp, astringent, cooling - but really, myrrh smells like itself. The two best ways of experiencing it are:

    1. Get some raw myrrh resin and burn some.

    2. Find some myrrh essential oil and smell it.

    Both aren't too uncommon. The resin is smokier but sweeter; the essential oil more medicinal and slightly ''rubbery".
    It's a very resinous scent, but hard to describe if you don't know resin. I find it a clean scent. (Myrrh was used as a mouth disinfectant and you can still buy myrrh toothpaste in some health food stores.)

    I also recommend burning some on charcoal and smelling the oil.
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    To me, myrrh smells like a blend of sweet amber and pine sap. It's a base note, and I find it works well in fragrances that have coniferous wood smells in the top and middle notes (e.g., cypress, pine, fir, etc.), because it has the effect of sustaining those wonderful coniferous smells well into the drydown.
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    Astringent. Sharp. Medicinal. Superficial but commanding.

    Its not very deep and inflated like some other resins.

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    somewhere between blue and indigo ...


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    Sharp, medicinal, and pungent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugandaraja View Post
    Myrrh smells like itself.

    I could describe it - dusty, medicinal, resinous, slightly bitter, dark, sharp, astringent, cooling - but really, myrrh smells like itself. The two best ways of experiencing it are:
    Medicinal, resinous, slightly bitter, dark, sharp, astringent are all words I would use to describe myrrh as well.

    One exercise I would recommend is smelling myrrh and opoponax side by side. One readily discerns why opoponax is sometimes called sweet myrrh.

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    To me myrrh has always smelled like sharp, dry, resinous anise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    Medicinal, resinous, slightly bitter, dark, sharp, astringent are all words I would use to describe myrrh as well.

    One exercise I would recommend is smelling myrrh and opoponax side by side. One readily discerns why opoponax is sometimes called sweet myrrh.
    this was so helpful!! i was just smelling Opium, and was thinking how to differentiate opoponax from myrhh

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    La Myrrh from SL does not smell sharp at all, nor bitter, its so nice sweet beautiful sandalwood note, its probably a take on the note from artistic point of view, and i love it very much.

    and myrrh in Amouage Gold w smells exactly as described above, sharp, dark, medicinal....not so much resinous..synthetic, but hard to make distinction among other synthetic notes there who add to sharpnes, and bitternes, like civet

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