Recipe for Today – Myrrh


Myrrh 4

I’m sharing this *recipe because I’d like to demonstrate how this particular fragrance is really so much a scented journey through the ubiquitous marketplace/souk/bazaar. Follow your nose as you wander past colourful mounds of spices and mysterious and precious fragrant treasures. Be stimulated by the incredible array of colours, textures, vibrant sounds and the generally amazing atmosphere of the market’s exotic mystique. Beautiful textiles, handcrafted ceramics, jewellery, handmade carpets, incense, bakhoor, perfume bottles, cosmetics, as well as dried fruits, flowers, nuts and sweets with spiced tea being served. Exquisite overload.

Top Notes:

1gm Lime essential oil

2.5gms Bitter Orange essential oil

1.5gms Italian Neroli essential oil

Heart Accord:

.5gm Sweet Fennel essential oil

.5gm Clove essential oil

.5gm Spearmint essential oil

.5gm Coriander essential oil

2gms Cardamon essential oil

1.5gms German Chamomile essential oil

1gm Saffron absolute

1gm Artemisia essential oil

2.5gms Champaca absolute

3.5gms Rose de Mai absolute

5gms Rose Damascena absolute

1gm Kewra absolute

1gm Ruh Khus/Vetiver absolute

Base Accord:

15gms Mysore Sandalwood essential oil

20mls organic Vanilla Tincture (or 5gms of vanilla absolute)

10gms Sumatran Patchouli essential oil

20gms Myrrh essential oil

10gms Frankincense essential oil

10gms Benzoin essential oil

Method: Depending on how potent you prefer your fragrances to be you can decide to dilute your ‘cordial’ into 250mls – 300mls of ethanol (or fractionated coconut oil). Add in 5mls of pure filtered water if using ethanol. Mix the ingredients together gently in a slow rolling motion for a few minutes and then store in an amber glass flask and keep in a cool, dark place. Allow it to rest and mature for at least 1 month. If necessary, the final fragrance can be filtered through coffee filter paper, although it may not need it.

I have 4 litres remaining of a 5 litre batch of Myrrh eau de parfum which has now been maturing for 4 years. It just keeps getting better. I look forward to wearing it for many, many years to come. Curious to see how it behaves 15 years from now.

*I know it’s usually called ‘the formula’, but I just prefer ‘recipe’.






2 thoughts on “Recipe for Today – Myrrh

    • The real reason for this is that I originally made all my perfume blends exclusively for me. I’d always yearned to wear the perfumes of regents, of kings and queens, of sultans, empresses, pharaohs, tsarinas…. and the tribal chieftain’s favourite daughter. It just expanded into becoming my profession. But I had steadily built a collection of exceptional blends to satisfy my own hunger for the best perfumes money could buy. Of course it needed to be natural, …Boudica never wore Daisy.

      When I first started blending my own fragrances, I was under the impression that one should only include a very few ingredients in any blend – 3 or 4 per layer, or a total of 12 (max). WRONG!. That typically renders one of those aromatherapy sorts of blends that people try and pass off as natural perfume. Short-lived, all smell the same, wimpy and… well, just great for how you want the day spa to smell. But!…. I wanted to make real perfume – long-lasting, intense, utterly true to how perfume is expected to behave.

      Just consider – the formula/recipe posted here makes 250mls of finished fragrance. I made 5 litres of Myrrh which is 20x the amounts given. You can start to see why my natural perfumery is expensive. All of my fragrances are incredibly rich in amazingly high quality ingredients. No cheap fillers, no smoke and mirrors, no hiding behind the warmth of bulk amounts of sweet orange oil to mask the blending mishaps that lie beyond.

      The ONLY way I could fulfill my creative ambition when working with the restricted palette of all-natural ingredients was to be very generous with ingredients, and to build very strong, complex accords that would boldly counter-balance each other in a way that expanded the profile of the fragrance and its radiance to be far greater than the sum of its parts. Only then can it truly be called perfume.

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