Hi there Posse! Mahora by Guerlain was a flop. It had an incredibly short shelf life and then disappeared. There have been many theories put forward and I’m not going to weigh in here because it would only be speculation. Way back in 2013 I talked about Mahora by Guerlain here on Perfume Posse but I thought it might be nice to reminisce. Guerlain commissioned one of the all time most fabulous perfume bottles from Robert Granai. It’s fun and frivolous, looking like a big old 1980s pair of earrings. The bottle alone should have made it a must have. The picture below does not do it justice.
Recently I was going through my Guerlain box and there she was, in all her glory: Mahora. So I spritzed. PHWOAR! What a fragrance! It gets so little air time nowadays that I wanted to take a little time to remember one of the great fiscal failures of modern perfumery.
Mahora by Guerlain
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Green notes, Almond blossom, Orange
Heart: Jasmine, Neroli, Tuberose, Ylang-ylang
Base: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver
So let’s talk about the way Mahora by Guerlain smells.
The top notes of my Mahora are fleeting, almost non existent, a waft/hint of fruit. Then the white flowers take full precedence before everything is subsumed by the thick, heavy, rich ylang overdose. Spectacular in its heft. Tropical dreams are made of such things. It takes a few minutes, up to half an hour depending on the day, for that ridiculously OTT adventure to calm and suddenly you’ve come out the other side.
The heart is where Mahora really shines. It’s like all the top and heart notes gang together to bring ylang to heel. We are given the most beautiful bouquet with a very slight citrus zing. In the heart the blending is perfection. The scent that I identify as Mahora is finally unveiled and its lush tropical brilliance becomes apparent. Though still a ylang heavy BWF now it is Mahora and no other.
Vanilla and creamy sandalwood finish out the ride and we see similarities to the dry down of Samsara. Different enough to stand alone but same enough for comment.
I always thought Mahora 100% feminine till my mate Scotty wore it. Smelled amazing on him. Lasts for hours. Very potent.
Did you, or do you Mahora?