Perfumer Olivier Cresp’s collaboration with Hamid Merati-Kasha has knocked it out the ballpark with another outstandingly beautiful release as part of the Valentina by Valentino range of fragrances. Usually flankers become run-of-the-mill with little other than tweaked differences (apart from the marketing ploy to capture already ‘sold’ consumers and spike sales) but Valentina’s ranges have gone beyond the norm with distinct, heart-capturing releases such as Valentina Oud Assoluto, Rosa Assoluto in 2013 and Valentina Poudre earlier this year. Adding to the stable, Cresp & Merati-Kasha have concocted Valentino Myrrh Assoluto with and upgrade in ingredients, mood and look.
One of the most notably feminine and gorgeous bottles on the market goes from the dusky pale pink to a beautiful rich, classy taupe. (I’m taking ideas for new room decor). The curled, matte, Valentino couture rose is still there on a glossy, ceramic round flacon with the ‘Valentino’ etched in gold on the spray attachment.
From first spray the high, heady notes of myrrh sucker punch the senses into submission. This is a classy feminine bolt of good taste sublimely blended with not a hint of rawness. Sheer unadulterated sophistication. Luxury and opulence meet in the largesse of jasmine, ylang, ylang and myrrh with the softness of vanilla and musk but with an added bolt of fine leather, the latter coming across more like the finest, soft taupe suede…reminding one of the type of luxurious sofas in expensive, contemporary boutique hotels. This little jolt of leather in the base combined with the superior heart of myrrh is what raises this fragrance from simply beautiful to divinely moreish and magnetic. It adds the teeniest confrontational juxtaposition and rounds its personality immeasurably because of it. My only concern is that it may be quickly bought up or limited in its supply. Perfume lovers take note. This is one to seek out and stash.
Valentina Myrrh Assoluto by Valentino is available exclusively in Harrods from 11th July 2016 and then available nationwide from 1st October 2016. 80ml EDP is priced £93.