Armani/Prive Myrrhe Imperiale Review

Before we get to the Armani/Prive Myrrhe Imperiale review – good news!  The lovely Samira at Puredistance read my review on Puredistance Black and is going to send me two new samples to give away to the winners of that drawing. This is one of my top two reasons why I love Puredistance – they are a very pricey perfume company, but they have zero attitude and are warm and generous. So two of you – just a sec and I’ll tell you who – will get a nice big sample! and I’ll get to keep mine.  This does give me a chance to note that the sample I reviewed before was provided by Puredistance.  Whew, disclaimer that I usually forget given!

The winners of the Puredistance Black samples are – Lauren W and ncmyers.  Just click on the Drop Us a Line at the top of the page or mail me at patty at perfumeposse dawtcome, remind me what you’ve won and send me your address. I’ll send you a quick confirm e-mail back so you know I got it, and when I get the samples from Puredistance.


Y’all were going to get the Violet Perfume Comprehensive Guide today, but I couldn’t do it without that new Mona Violette thingie, and I probably won’t have that for another week, so look for the Violet guide in two weeks!

Armani/Prive Myrrhe Imperiale is the newest release in their line.  While this one still hasn’t made it to the United States, I have finally seen other of the Armani/Prive perfumes back in the United States at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.  They’ve been gone from the United States for about two years, so it’s nice to see Bois d’Encens back on U.S. shelves.  I’m not sure when this newest one will get to the United States, but hopefully in the next month or two.

Notes of myrrh, benzoin, vanilla, amber, pink pepper and saffron make up Armani/Prive Myrrhe Imperiale, and it is a lovely myrrh concoction.  Goes on a little medicinal, with smooth notes of saffron and vanilla working to even it out. It balances perfectly between the myrrh and benzoin and the more mellow sweet notes, never becoming a sweet mess, just rich, posh oriental yumminess.

I’m trying to put this in some juxtaposition on my myrrh fragrance Venn diagram.  Serge Lutens La Myrrhe’s myrrh hits higher.  Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente hits a lower note.   Guerlain Myrrh et Delires is like desert myrrh.  Armani/Prive Myrrhe Imperiale is really oriental myrrh.  The benzoin infuses it with incense, and it never loses that medicinal myrrh note far into the drydown.

Dammit, I forgot how much I love Serge Lutens La Myrrhe!  I had read another review that said the longevity wasn’t good, and that wasn’t the case for me. It lasts hours and had a nice trajectory, retaining all the great myrrh and benzoin in the open and very slowly gave way to the softer, sweeter notes. I think it adds something to the myrrhe perfume conversation that hasn’t been said yet.

On a scale of Armani/Prive fragrances love, Bois d’Encens still is at the top, and Myrrhe Imperiale has moved into the second slot.  It’s well done and very pricey.  So if you don’t want to break your wallet’s heart and you’re a big myrrh fan, best to avoid it because of the price tag.  

So love or hate the Armani/Prive line?  Tried it, avoided it, have a favorite?  How about myrrh?  Three commenters will be chosen randomly to win a sample of the Armani/Prive Myrrhe Imperiale!

We do have samples of Armani/Prive Myrrhe Imperiale at Surrender to Chance as a disclaimer, and that is who provided my sample for review.

  • A.l says:

    i am the proud owner of the Rose d’ Arabie, witch gave a spring with poetry (wish i could have the golden one too) and now i can say that byzantine moments allure my sences, since all my girlifriends plus my husband and myself gave a little something for my birthday and i got the myrrhe too!!( in Greece nowdays this is like wiinning a lottary!!!) . its magnificent,ancient, dearing and , apsolutely erotic, for me! perfect for winter …but i have to say that the myre goes off in an hour or so!
    any way! here in Greece i found no other myrrhe parfume and not in a lower price! i love Armani prive ..the parfumes have texture! I wish i could own another bottle …to have something dreamy…at least till the crisis is gone!!!!! 🙂

  • Ellen says:

    The first time I tried SL’s La Myrrhe, I thought that maybe I had died and gone to heaven. AP’s Myrrhe Imperiale is very close. I just wish that I could afford whole bottles of either. Its not happening any time soon. Would love to hav a sample of the Myrrhe Imperiale.

  • Tara says:

    I have the first iteration of the Armani Prive scents: Ambre Soie, Bois d’ Encens, Eau de Jade and Cuir Amethyst. Would love to smell the later/newer ones.

  • Mary K says:

    I have not come across any from the Armani line (as of yet). The Armani Prive/Myrrhe bottle is very gorgeous and sophisticated looking. I do like myrrh.

  • maggiecat says:

    I love the scent of myrrh but sometimes have trouble finding one to wear….La Myrrhe comes close. I’d love to try the A/P one, but I’m afraid I’d like it! Oh heck – maybe I’ll hit the lottery or something.

  • Laurels says:

    I haven’t tried any of the A/P perfumes, although I’ve read several reviews (including this one) that have made me want to try them. Your warning about the potential for heartbreak is duly noted.

  • Belle says:

    I sadly haven’t tried any from this line, and no myrrh yet. Pretty new to this stuff 🙁

  • Barbara says:

    Have never tried the Armani Prive line and would love to win a sample. I do like myrrh!

  • Undina says:

    I like Armani Prive line but hate that it’s so hard to get in the U.S. My favorite from the line is La Femme Bleue but there is a couple more I like and wear from time to time.

  • CC ... says:

    Oh my this sounds lovely. Of the AP line I have only tried BdE years ago and thought it was quite lovely … and I love myrrh. Thank you for the draw. 🙂

  • helical gnome says:

    I just would love to try any of the Armani Prive but even with the three jobs I handle, I cannot afford it. Thanks for sharing samples with us!

  • wefadetogray says:

    I am not at all familiarized with myrrh and how it smells. i only have Huitieme Art Myrrhiad and on me it smells like freshly waxed wooden floors which, although not a bad thing in itself, it never really does anything else on my skin so I am not sure if myrrh smells like this always. I want to venture into that territory for sure and Armani Prive sounds like a dream. I adore saffron, probably one of my favorite notes.

  • ElizabethC says:

    I love Serge’s La Myrrhe and had hubby get me a jar when he was in Paris. For some reason, it reminds me of the Chanel No. 5 body lotion (which is one of my all time favorites).

  • mim says:

    I loved the Armani Prive line when I sniffed in store years ago, think my favorite was Amethyste, and I love myrrh! Also love saffron. Have an Attar Bazaar Myrrh which I love tons. Thinking about hunting this down, I would love to try a sample!

  • susan says:

    I’ve avoided Armani Prive because of the astronomical prices and lack of distribution. I love myrrh though.

  • Connie says:

    I haven’t tried any of the Armani Prive perfumes, but this sounds lovely. There are quite a few I’m interested in trying- Femme Bleue, Bois d’Encens, Ambre Soie…

  • Ann says:

    Oooh, can’t wait to try this! I have long loved several of the Prives: Bois d’Encens,Ambre Soie, Eau de Jade, Pierre de Lune, Rose Alexandrie, and am so glad to see them available now at two big retail doors. From the newer collection, I’ve only tried the Ambre Orient but looking forward to sampling the others too. DNEM, of course. Thanks!

    • Ann says:

      Drats! Went into our NM today and they’ve already pulled/sent back all the gold-topped Prive bottles, but was told you could special-order them. Well, not without trying them first, I said. So then the fill-in SA dug around trying to find testers, samples, etc., behind the counter, but the line SA must have hid them but good, so no dice. Oh well.

  • Irina says:

    I am very interested in the line,alas, so expensive…
    I love myrrhe, my fav till now is Goutal’s “Myrrhe Ardente”
    thanks for the draw

  • Jamie says:

    Pierre de Lune is my very favorite from the Armani/Prive line. With all the scents I wear, this is the one that gets me the compliments.

  • Dina C. says:

    I’m another one who has never tried anything from the Armani/Prive line. I just haven’t seen it anywhere. I do like myrrh in scents like Eau D’Italie’s Baume du Doge, Paestum Rose, Etro Messe de Minuit, and Pacifica Persian Rose, so I’d be curious to try it.

  • Asali says:

    Yay, I’ve been looking forward to reviews of this one. I’m so excited about Myrrhe Imperiale, since in general I really like the AP scents, and especially the 1001 night series. Like Dinazad I find them very well made, classy and well-rounded, and although perhaps we’ve seen most of the combos before, I do often find that these are just that bit better made or at the least as good as the best. And they just sit really nicely on my skin- must go and spray Cuir Noir now 🙂 Thanks for the draw

  • greennote2 says:

    Oh, pick me, pick me!! I’ve never tried the Armani/Prive line, hasn’t been on my radar. As for myrrh, CdG Avignon and Profumum Olibanum definitely have a place in my perfume wardrobe. Though it sounds like I’ll also have to investigate the Lutens and Goutal versions.

  • dinazad says:

    Lutens La Myrrhe is truly wonderful – it smells of forest earth and mushrooms and would be a great fall perfume if I had any left. I find the Goutal Myrrhe easier to wear, but a smidgen less interesting. The oriental touch almost drowns out the bitterness (which I love) of the myrrh. I’ll definitely try the Armani Myrrh! I only own Rose d’Arabie, but I find all the Armani Privé scents I’ve had the chance to try very well made, classy and well-rounded. Just not very innovative, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

  • Elia says:

    I’ve never tried an Armani Prive. I’ve not avoided them either, but they’ve never crossed my path. I’d like to try them sometime of course, and if I ever get to holiday abroad again, I’ll be on the look out for an outlet to try them all.

  • Kim B says:

    Violet is a note that does not do well on my skin – true nuclear scrubbing material!! Except for Armani Prive’s Cuir Amethyste – the only violet I can wear and I love it!! Also love Ambre Soie – one of my favourite ambers.
    Looking forward to your violet post – maybe I’ll finally find another violet??

  • datura5750 says:

    sounds amazing, The newer ones look so beautiful also, with the gold and iridescent “stones”.

  • Lynley says:

    I love myrrh, it’s just a bit…different. I have the AG, and if a belljar were ever a possibility, the first would be La Myrrhe. The AP isn’t in store yet, the SA said end of the month I think. Of the AP’s I have Bois d’encens, Pierre de lune, and Ambre Orient- the most tenacious amber ever! This wasn’t on the counter when I went in last week and I was informed that it was being replaced by the myrrh… I do hope not. Though I am glad I got mine already- and it does sound like bad news- this does sound rather nice :-/

  • Millicent says:

    How about Diptyque’s L’Eau Trois? I like myrrh without choosing to wear it very often — often at Christmas in rotation with Donna Karan Gold and Avignon, for example — but this review reminds me how interesting it is.

  • Jackie b says:

    Oh heartbreak!! This myrrh sounds gorgeous. The nice SA at Armani gave me samples of Bois d’Encens and the Oud one, love the Bois on my husband but he’s not getting a FB anytime soon!
    I also like their Cuir Amethyste even though it is not groundbreaking.
    Keiko Mecheri does a nice myrrh, can’t remember the name…