The lovely people at Von Eusersdorff contacted me about their line, so infront of me now are 10ml bottles of each of the fragrances – beautiful presentation, and some unusual choices for soliflores.
Myrrh and me don’t normally get on (with the exception of La Myrrhe) - so I was eager to try this one…
Classic Myrrh opens with a lovely, rich cedar and incense. A punch of pepper spikes the top notes and the warm, dry, sharp wood hits like an olfactory splinter in the nose. The incense starts similarly sharp, with a slightly bitter citrus edge. The smoke, whilst a little intense and a little metallic at first, mellows out to a point where it hovers above the skin (but still perfectly visible).
The incense isn’t quite churchy, but the assocation is there – what I love though is the addition of a little powdered violet, fizzy like candy, but de-sweetened by the woods and the uprising patchouli underneath. The violet incense is a beautiful, slightly minimalistic combination that comes across as clean, crisp and smart and gives Classic Myrrh its own little personality.
The woody incense is a familiar combination – but thankfully is comforting rather than boring. It’s balance is perfect and it’s execution is lovely – light and diffusive but the intense woods anchor some weight to the skin. It brings to mind a more cedar rich Avignon - without the awkward sense of space I often struggle with – and without the novelty of a literal church incense.
A damp earthiness underneath of patchouli and a smidge of vetiver secure the base – along with a creamy sandalwood to smooth out the rough edges of the cedar and incense. The texture becomes rich and smooth, radiating a mystery warm spice. The violet disappears and re-appears throughout the fragrance, and at times it feels incense rich, at other times woody, and then I get a beautiful powdery violet that brings to mind Dans Tes Bras, popping up when you least expect it. As a violet fragrance, I love this more than as an incense – the pairing is fantastic and something I’m surprised hasn’t been done (to my knowledge) before, I love this kind of violet – and drying it out with Lutens-esque woods and frankincense is exquisite.
As I said, Classic Myrrh does smell familiar (and I’m quite thankful it’s not a big rubbery, breathy myrrh – although I hoped I’d find one to change my mind on the note!), but it’s an incense I’d highly recommend. Not as cold and straightforward as Avignon – or as warm and clean as Cardinal (although both fantastic fragrances) – but a smooth, dry, classy take on an incense perfume – lovely!
Classic Myrrh 100ml EDP Von Eusersdorff – 115 Euros voneusersdorff.com