Heya Posse it’s Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies back again. Let’s talk about bygone fragrances, sadly discontinued that never seemed to make a big splash on the market but in retrospect are, and were, fabulously beautiful creations. OK, let’s just talk about one example Mahora by Guerlain.
Mahora by Guerlain 2000
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Orange blossom, almond blossom, green accords
Heart: Ylang-ylang, neroli, tuberose, jasmine
Base: Sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver
Start with the bottle, it’s a freaky, funky, groovy hark back to the 1960s & 70s love of world design and was apparently designed by Robert Granai who should be given a medal. My bottle is the 75ml/2.5oz and while it’s perfect for my hand, comfortable and easily spritzed, I can imagine it posing a problem for daintier people. The bubble of glass that peeks through the punched metal medallion at the front, the tapering neck, it’s fabulous! How was it produced in the opening of this century though, I am astounded that it was. It has a decided lack of heft though and feels slightly fragile in comparison with a lot of modern fragrance bottles and that does give it a slightly cheap feel, like a drugstore offering that has gone OTT to disguise the yucky juice.
On to the fragrance, I was unaware about how much division there is about Mahora until I started researching for this post.
Photo Stolen GlobalImages
Mahora opens lushly floral with a green sappiness and almond/vanilla backbeat, warm sensual and resinous. I think of most big white florals as summer wear but Mahora skews winter or cool midseason for me, yet I wear it all year round. There is a woody, rooty note that sits behind the glamour and I think it could be vetiver, it manages to create interest and ground the succulence of the flowers which are OUTRAGEOUS!! Sappy, buttery, sexy and enticing I smile when I wear Mahora because it does have something voluptuous and overblown about it, like a Hollywood starlet gone to seed. In fact, there is a decidedly Hollywood feeling about Mahora, showstopping, drop dead gorgeousness that is definitely not for the faint hearted.
Give Mahora an hour and it softens considerable to a lavish Guerlain vanilla coated with white flowers between one and three hours is when I get compliments on my fragrance when I wear Mahora. I sit down next to someone or I walk past them at the bar and quite often someone random who has no knowledge of my frag addiction will ask what it is.
Photo Stolen DeviantArt
When I wear Mahora I feel like the queen of the world, lavish, elegant and very sexy. If you know me then you’ll understand that that’s quite an achievement as I am not really any of those things except on the inside, Mahora makes me feel that way all the way through.
Further reading: Smelly Thoughts and Kafkaesque
Now available in slightly different form at Guerlain called Mayotte in Les Parisiennes
Ebay also has some BARGAINS! but pretty soon they will be gone and Mahora will cost a fortune.
Surrender To Chance has Mayotte starting at $6/ml
Have you tried Mahora, how was your experience?
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