Monday, September 13, 2010

Guerlain Mahora

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.


  1. I LOVE Mahora. And Jardins de Bagatelles (Dane does not understand lol) Something about Mahora reminds me of Annick Goutal Songes- the tropical feel to the flowers. Ok that's it- I need a bottle of Mahora. I had one when it was released but forgot about it until recently. Wearing it to bed sounds wonderful!

  2. What a coincidence! I just happened to have worn Mahora to bed 2 nights ago, and the tuberose is gorgeous indeed.
    I'm also one who loves Mahora and it was the "fragrance in the air" when I first stepped into their Champs Elysees store back in '01, so I have very fond memories along with the scent...

  3. I didn't know you reviewed Mahora?
    Me three!
    I also like to huff her in bed.
    The best part is the vanilla , vetiver drydown, this hussy works it on me big time! L<3VE.


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