A confession: Sometimes I wear Mahora EDP to bed. Mostly because I'm not sure I can get away with wearing this loud Guerlain in public, but I still enjoy its creamy tuberose, and I like waking up and finding some of it on my pillow.
You don't usually think of Guerlain as the creator of tropical florals. It's also obvious that the most eyebrow raising Guerlain perfumes of our generation are the white florals- Mahora and the inexplicable Jardins de Bagatelle. Mahora is the better of the two, though. It's a bold and confident heavy-bosomed tuberose that is happily surrounded by the usual suspects- frangipani, jasmine and ylang-ylang and is riding a creamy vanilla-sandalwood base.
If you like big (BIG) tuberose scents, most chances Mahora would ring your bell. It might not be the most balanced and tasteful, and it might not smell anything like a well-bred Guerlain, but it's pretty and feminine. Sometimes it feels like Mahora laughs too loud or flirts too much. Maybe it's the unfortunate name. That might be the reason Guerlain attempted to do some damage control and reworked this perfume under the new name Mayotte. Of course, in doing this they also rebottled it into the Les Parisiennes series with a hefty price tag. I've smelled it, but I don't think the makeover has changed this little hussy. She's as fun as ever, even if now she's carrying an expensive handbag.
While Mahora as we know it has been officially discontinued and replaced by Mayotte, you can still find it online for relatively cheap.