Myrrh Casati by Melanie Leroux for Mona di Orio 2014

Hey there POSSE! Myrrh Casati! About a year ago I was on Surrender To Chance and bought a couple of really big 8ml decants: Grandiflora Madagascan Jasmine and ………

Myrrh Casati by Mona di Orio 2014

Myrrh Casati by Melanie Leroux

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Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Peruvian pink pepper, Guatemala cardamom, Saffron, Licorice, Siam benzoin, Somalian myrrh, Somalian frankincense, Indonesian patchouli, Indian cypriol, Paraguayan gaiac wood

The reason I’m bringing this beauty up today is because I had put it in my a pocket within my travel wash bag a while ago with Oliver & Co’s Vaninger. Then completely forgot they were there. So they resurfaced on my India holiday and I wore both but Myrrh Casati seemed to fit the adventure best, second only to miss Dior vintage parfum. I’ve added some of my favourite landscape pics from my recent Indian holiday to get you in the mood.

Spicy, dry spices, walking through the spice markets in India. A melding of heat, dust, humanity and spices. Cardamom! I can smell it plain as day. Saffron and woods. All the resins come together in Myrrh Casati and create a balmy, smoky cushion for the spices to rest on.

The fireworks burn off after about 15-20 minutes and Myrrh Casati softens off to a comfortable, warm, resinous fragrance, only lightly spiced. Totally wearable and beautiful. The woods are present after a while, they smell fresh hewn but dry, no greenness here at all. Woods and resins float over you and around you softly but insistently. Myrrh Casati is calm, like being in a temple on a hill in the morning quiet when there’s just you, the monks and whatever your idea of god is. Incense, woods, lingering balms used for polishing, clean air and an internal conversation.

From Luckyscent:

Inspired by Marchesa Casati, the legendary patron of the arts and muse of eccentricity, known for her extravagant dark fashion and lavish fetes replete with exotic animals, gilded servants, and an infectious waft of incense and mystery that surrounded her.

Further reading: Candy Perfume Boy and Chemist In A Bottle
Luckyscent has $195/75ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $6/ml

Myrrh Casati, What were your impressions?
Portia xx



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  • DinaC says:

    I haven’t tried that, but your description makes me want to. I love cardamom in scents and food. It’s the “secret” ingredient in my homemade chicken noodle soup. The photos from your India trip are really nice. Thanks for sharing.

    • Portia says:

      Hey DinaC,
      I am a cardamom fan also, it’s exquisite in food and adds such plushness to fragrance.
      Glad you liked the shorts.
      Portia xx

  • HeidiC says:

    The licorice and patchouli notes do NOT sound like my thing, but damn, that’s a pretty bottle!

    • Portia says:

      Hey HeidiC,
      We get really excited around here when we find a fragrance that we don’t need to lust after because it isn’t our thing. He He He. It’s a nice change.
      The bottle does look nice in pics, not so beautiful in real like but quite nice.
      Portia xx

  • Anna Egeria P. says:

    Hi, I think I’ll try a sample of this fragrance!. In a previous post you mentioned Scarlett and I’d love to get a sample. Do you know where I could? Thanks.

    • Portia says:

      Hi there Anna,
      It seems Scarlett has gone the way of the dodo. Even the discounters don’t seem to have it anymore.
      Portia xx

  • Kandice says:

    This sounds wonderful! I will have to try a sample. BTW, did you like the Grandiflora Jasmine? I have been debating trying that.

    • Portia says:

      Hi Kandice,
      Yeah, I love the Madagascan Jasmine, bought someones unloved bottle. It’s very nice, clean and refreshing jasmine.
      Portia xx

  • bevfred says:

    Oh boy, now I want to try it. Your reviews do me in! Thank you.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Bevfred,
      It’s well worth the search. A perfect fragrance for being where the Tibetan buddhists were first transplanted after fleeing the Chinese invasion. That last photo is at the Sikkim monastery and university. I can’t tell you how much I loved it.
      Portia xx