I have a question – but first, a little background. We were in Epcot the other day, and of course, I stopped in to the French and Italian perfume shops. In the Guerlain store, I came across “Mayotte”, which they were telling me (actually pompously insisting to me) was a “Vintage” fragrance, but I knew that I had read somewhere that it was actually called something else in the last several years or so, and then reissued in a new bottle. I just did not recall the name of the original fragrance at the time. Since returning home, I’ve done my research, and it was originally called Mahora. I liked the fragrance, but I didn’t need a 4.2 oz bottle for $190.00. I love fragrances, and have many – and because I have many, I prefer smaller bottles. Which leads me to my question – is it absolutely the same juice? On your website I read that it is, however, on another it says that it’s been reformulated. I can get it at a great discount on one of the website discounters, but not having tested Mahora (and having tested the Mayotte), I don’t want to purchase it, unless it actually is the same juice. I defer to your expertise.
Please read our answer to Jamie.......
Thank you for your kind words. I checked with Guerlain and they confirmed that Mayotte and Mahora are exactly the same formulations. I then inquired further and asked which of the previous concentrations of Mahora Mayotte reproduces and the answer is that it reproduces the eau de parfum concentration of Mahora. The explanation for the change of name is that because they had not patented the name "Mahora" they were not able to re-use it this time around and had to find a substitutive name for the perfume, which is now named after the place from which the ylang ylang and other tropical blooms are harvested for Guerlain and refers to the plantations they own there.
I will personally compare Mayotte with Mahora eau de toilette and eau de parfum concentrations and report back later. Meanwhile, since perfumes are living things in as much as they use ingredients that age and natural essences that from necessity will vary from one harvest to another and moreover interact differently with each persons' body chemistry of the moment, the end result might be that you will find subtle differences between the new Mayotte and the Mahora edp, but these should not be, in principle, very marked. And you can apparently rest assured that they intend to be the same perfumes. Since perfumery is the art of subtle nuances, you may find these differences significant enough to your nose to choose the Mayotte over the Mahora edp or vice versa.
Hope this helps,